Grants, Contests, Etc.: Looking for Funds to Make an Innovative Technology Project Possible? Seeking Recognition for Outstanding Teachers or Students in Your District? Here Are Some Great Opportunities

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* HyperSIG, a special interest group of the International Society for Technology in Education, is sponsoring the fifth annual Multimedia Mania Awards Program for K-12 students and teachers. The purpose of the program is to find real models of skillful technology integration through multimedia projects created by students in the classroom. Teams of one or more students enter projects that are judged in one of three grade-level categories. Winners are honored at NECC during a Webcast, and representatives of first-place teams are invited to attend a conference in Texas. Registration forms, due by February 25, 2002, are available at www.ncsu.edu/midlink/ mmania.how.html; final projects must be submitted by May 1, 2002.

* The National Science Teachers Association and Sears, Roebuck and Co. invite students in grades 2 through 8 to take part in the 2002 Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program. This event invites students to use their imaginations along with knowledge of science, mathematics, and technology to invent or modify a tool. Winning entries are typically tools that perform practical functions and solve everyday problems. Awards are United States Savings Bonds ranging in value from $250 to $10,000. Entries may be submitted through March 14, 2002. More information is available at www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman.

* Elementary teachers who develop creative approaches to encourage students to include fruits and vegetables in their diets, including using the Internet as an instructional tool and collaborative community efforts, may be eligible for the Dole Nutrition & Health Program's Creative 5 a Day Teacher of the Year. This annual award supports the national 5 a Day for Better Health program. Entries are due November 23. To obtain additional information, visit www.dole5aday.com/Teachers/ T_Index.html.

* The International Reading Association and The Learning Company sponsor the Presidential Award for Reading and Technology. This international award, now in its fourth year, honors teachers and school administrators who make innovative use of technology in teaching reading. Eligible candidates are full-time, fully credentialed educators who spend at least part of each day working directly with students ages 5-18. …