Grants, Contests & Awards: Looking for Funds to Make an Innovative Technology Project Possible? Seeking Recognition for Outstanding Teachers or Students in Your District? Here's a Sampling of Some Great Opportunities

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Teams of budding young authors in grades K-8 may submit their fiction and nonfiction picture books to Scholastic, Inc.'s Kids Are Authors contest. The winning books are published by Scholastic and distributed through book fairs. See sample pages from previous winners and get additional entry information at teacher.scholastic. com/activities/kaa. The entry deadline is March 15.

SigTEL, a special interest group for the International Society for Technology in Education, invites K-16 teachers who have made particularly creative use of telecommunications with their students to apply for the Online Learning Award. Awardees are invited to present their projects during a Web poster session at June's National Educational Computing Conference in Philadelphia (travel expenses and registration not included) and receive a one-year standard membership in ISTE and SigTEL. To learn more, visit www.iste. org/sigtel/award. The deadline for entries is March 21.

Teams of high school students are invited to enter the 12th Annual International Space Settlement Design Competition, sponsored by Boeing, NASA, and Honeywell Technologies. During this industry simulation, students prepare designs for an orbiting space settlement. Eight finalist teams travel to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and join forces to design a settlement on an extraterrestrial surface. Check spaceset.org for detailed application information. Entries are due March 30.

The NASA Ames Research Center's Annual Space Settlement Design Contest is open to students in grades 6-12 (ages 11-18). Individuals and teams compete for prizes and the opportunity to work with NASA scientists to place their space settlement designs on the NASA World Wide Web. Top winners are invited to tour the NASA Ames Research Center. Application information is available at lifesci3.arc.nasa. gov/SpaceSettlement/Contest. The deadline for applications is March 31.

The Tech Museum Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc. …

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