Grants, Contests, Etc: Looking for Funds to Make an Innovative Technology Project Possible? Seeking Recognition for Outstanding Teachers or Students in Your District? Here's the Latest Scoop on Some Great Opportunities

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* West Point Military Academy and the American Society of Civil Engineers co-sponsor the West Point Bicentennial Engineering Design Contest for K-12 students. This Internet-based contest asks individuals or pairs of students to create structurally accurate bridges using West Point's Bridge Designer software. Registration information is available at bridgecontest. usma.edu; sponsoring teachers can download a Learning Activities Manual. The contest runs through February 28. A semifinal Internet round is scheduled for March 16. The top team from each of four geographic zones, and the second and third teams overall, will be invited to West Point the weekend of April 26 for the final competition. Up to $15,000 in prizes and laptop computers will be awarded.

* The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, sponsored by the National Association of Education Technology Specialists, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, and NASA, recognizes contributions made by technology personnel or classroom teachers using technology to help develop lifelong learners or to facilitate the learning process. Qualified candidates must be nominated by a school principal, a superintendent, or an assistant superintendent. The award recipient will be invited to a ceremony and will receive a trophy and a laptop computer. Nominations are due by April 30. More information is available at www.naets.org/national_ award.htm.

* The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science has opened this year's competition for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. Applicants must be K-12 science teachers in public or private schools with at least five years experience. Teachers selected to participate in the fellowship program spend up to one year working in a congressional or federal agency office offering both expertise in science education and personal insights on the development of educational programs and education-related legislation. The fellowship includes a stipend of $5,000 per month for living expenses in addition to relocation expenses (residence in Washington, D.C. …