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of Science Teachers


Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant - Due May 20, 2017

All current dues paying members of MAST are eligible to apply for the Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant, established in memory of Elaine Adams, chemistry teacher at Phillips Academy and one of the four founders of the former Science Teachers Area Resource Swap (STARS).

This year one $500 award will be presented to an applicant who proposes pursuing a professional development venture that is interesting and new for themselves and that has the potential to be of use/value for their students and science education. Recipients are expected to present a workshop at an upcoming MAST Conference. Prior winners may apply again but in the case of a tied decision, new awardees will be given priority over previous winners.

Grants for Empowering Teachers (GET) - Due May 20, 2017

As a benefit to membership, MAST has established the GET opportunity for educators (formal and informal) to purchase non-consumable items that engage and enrich student learning. This grant opportunity is open to all MAST members, and this year five $200 awards will be presented to applicants who demonstrate the use/value of a particular item for their students and science education. 

Within a year and a half, recipients are required to share evidence of student engagement. Possible presentation forms may include photographs and an article in the MASTHead, a poster for the MAST annual fall conference, or a presentation at that conference.  Evidence may include photographs, drawings, quotes, videos, essays, artwork, etc. Recipients are encouraged to post on social media and include a link to the grant Awardees will receive one day complimentary membership to the MAST Annual conference to share their work.

Examples of non-consumables:

·       Science equipment: microscopes, balances, etc

·       Lab Materials:  rocks and mineral samples, motors, etc

·       Technology: Probes, thermal camera, build-able technology kits, robotics kits

·       Resources: textbooks/leveled readers/non-fiction texts

2017 GET Application (online version)

2017 GET Application (paper version)

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  • Friday, April 07, 2017 8:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The grant is for $1,000 and open to school teachers and college professors.

    In order to apply, teachers must submit either a 300-500 word essay or 1-2 minute video on the following prompt:

    The Internet provides students a vast resource for research and learning. Yet, navigating the beneficial and dangerous places online has been an ever-evolving battle. What have you as a teacher and your classes learned when it comes to cyber safety?

    More information about this opportunity can be found here:

    The application deadline is April 30, 2017. 

  • Tuesday, November 01, 2016 6:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Internet Experts at have just launched a new $1,000 teacher grant. The grant is open to college professors and school teachers and asks applicants to write a 300-450 word essay or create a 1-2 minute video that explains how they or their students use internet-connected technology in the classroom. More details and the online application form can be found here:

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016 8:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MAST Awards

    We award a county educator award for each of the 13 counties in our state, as well as an award for a new teacher of science and two awards honoring those who have made great accomplishments in the profession. One of these awards the person does not need to be a member of our association to be nominated or awarded.

    The nomination form is a simple one and the only requirement is that you attach a one-page summary of the nominee’s accomplishments, or esteemed work, in the field of science education. Our website has a listing of each award and anyone can nominate a deserving science educator. Once you have completed the nomination form, all nominees will be notified of this honor, regardless of their status. Please click here to download the nomination form.

    The deadline for receiving all nominations is September 30, 2016.

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is accepting applications for the Clean Energy Activity Day Program. This Program funds a one day specialized Clean Energy Activity Day for elementary and middle school students.

    Successful applicants will propose a one day Clean Energy Activity Day event to take place either Monday to Friday or on a Saturday. The proposed event will include a hands on learning opportunity for students either at the students’ current place of education, or a clean energy business or organization.

    The event will be geared towards one of two age groups:
    • Kindergarten to 4th Grade (K-4); or 
    • 5th Grade to 8th Grade (5-8). 
    MassCEC anticipates awarding up to ten (10) “Clean Energy Day” events up to $8,000 per application from Track 1 or up to $10,000 per application from Track 2.

    Applications for this request for proposals are due no later than Friday, December 2, 2016 at 4 p.m. Questions regarding this solicitation can be directed to Tamika Jacques

  • Sunday, August 14, 2016 9:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The way we learn and experience things is ever changing. As technology rapidly introduces and expedites new ways of learning, classrooms often find it difficult to keep up. We at understand the importance of technology as a tool for learning and entertainment, and therefore wish to present three teachers each with a $1,000 grant to spend on classroom technology.

    How would you implement technology to enhance your teaching methods and address learning challenges? Would you invest in a new computer or mobile devices for your students to use in the classroom? Or perhaps make use of software that streamlines your curriculum and lightens the load of grading papers? Let us know in 400-500 words the impact new classroom technology could have for you and your students. The top three submissions featuring the most innovative and beneficial uses for classroom technology will each be awarded $1,000 to spend on new technology for their classroom!

    So here's your prompt: Write about what new technology would mean to your classroom and how you would use the grant to address a learning challenge. Ideas for how technology will facilitate a more constructive learning environment will vary, but all submissions should include:
    • An observed learning challenge that is amplified by inadequate technology. 
    • The specific technology or technologies you plan to implement. 
    • How this technology will support your teaching efforts. 
    • The anticipated impact improved technology will have on your students. 
    Example: Mr. Byrnes has a large class and finds it difficult to retain all students' attention during his lessons, especially when he turns to write something on the board. With an interactive whiteboard, Mr. Byrnes could generate interactive lessons and pull them up instantly, creating an engaging learning experience while minimizing opportunities for students to turn their attention elsewhere. Students can also use the board for presentations, which fosters computer skills while effectively teaching the course material.

    How to Enter
    1. Write your essay: Consider the prompt and create a 400-500 word essay written for an uninformed audience. 
    2. Submit your essay: Complete the online form and submit your essay online no later than February 24, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST (the "Deadline"). Entries submitted after the Deadline will not be considered. 
    3. Await the results: A team of writers and editors will judge the submissions and select 3 winners to receive $1,000 each in the form of a Visa Rewards Card to be spent on classroom technology. Winners will be announced by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 10, 2017. 
    For more information and to register, go to: 

  • Sunday, August 14, 2016 8:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    For more than 20 years, the Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators has been recognizing the lasting contributions of individuals to science education. Inductees have included elementary, middle school, and high school classroom teachers, college and university professors, administrators, and practitioners of informal science education. As of October, 2015 there have been over one hundred inductees. The Hall of Fame selection committee announces that it has begun accepting nominations for the 2016 class! The deadline for nominations is September 15th, 2016. The award ceremony will take place at the MSELA Science Leadership Conference on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

    Criteria for Nominations:
    The individual should have been involved in science education in Massachusetts for a minimum of twenty years. The individual should have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of education in the sciences and/or science teaching in Massachusetts. 
    • Has had an effect in school(s) and/or system (s). 
    • Has had an effect statewide/regionally. 
    • Has had an impact nationally. 
    • Has introduced/modified new teaching/learning programs. 
    • Has done workshops and lectures for student groups. 
    • Has publications related to science/education of value to science educators. 
    • Has provided service to professional organizations. 
    • There is evidence of enthusiastic and continual search for knowledge.
    • There is evidence of leadership in science education. 
    • There is evidence of long-term impact on students. 
    • There has been recognition of contributions such as awards/citations from recognized groups. 
    Many science educators in Massachusetts are deserving of recognition. We need your help in identifying the most dedicated individuals in our state. The procedure for nomination is:
    1. Send the name, address, e-mail address and telephone number of your nominee to the name listed below. Include one page telling why you are nominating this person. 
    2. Inform the nominee of your nomination and tell them to provide us with: (1) an up-to-date resume and (2) three letters of reference. Please limit these references to two pages each. 
    Direct questions or send the resume and letters of reference to: Harriet Page at 19 Sandie Lane, Marblehead, MA 01945 (e-mail is

  • Monday, June 06, 2016 7:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each year our organization seeks to honor those among us who have contributed in a beneficial way to the improvement of science education in the state of Massachusetts. Consider nominating a colleague who has met the criteria below.

    PURPOSE: To recognize persons making outstanding contributions to Science Education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    Click here to view a description of all of the MAST awards. 

    CRITERIA: For consideration, the candidate must:

    • Hold a current membership in the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) and has been an active member one year prior.
    • Have a past history of being an active, contributing member of national, state, and/or local science teacher organizations.
    • Have provided a leadership role in promoting and advancing the cause of quality science education among his/her peers.
    • Have been active in promoting and advancing the cause of quality science education among students in the schools.

    AWARDS: Will be presented at the annual meeting.

    All awards will be voted upon by the Board of Directors.

    There shall be two classes of awards – County and State.

    County Awards - May be given each year for each county if, in the judgment of the Board of Directors, there is a deserving candidate from the county. The Board may choose to omit the award for any county if in their opinion there is no deserving candidate.

    State Award - This single award is to be presented by the Board of Directors from the list of previous County Award winners.

    NOMINATIONS: Nominations for awards may come from any source.

    The Board of Directors shall seek out qualified candidates.

    Please click here to download the nomination form.

    The deadline for receiving all nominations is September 30, 2016.

  • Tuesday, May 31, 2016 3:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Mass Audubon is accepting nominations for the 2016 Mass Audubon Conservation Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by the New England Farm and Garden Association. Three awards will be given to honor exemplary classroom or school-based teachers who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to conservation and environmental education. We would like to award individuals who exemplify both high quality teaching and creativity in environmental education. Nominations will be judged based on the following criteria:
    • Student learning has applications beyond the classroom or program to the local community, the scope of which could include (but is not limited to) community service projects, use of local open spaces, and/or study of the local environment. 
    • Programs which have clear ties to the Massachusetts Science, Technology, and Engineering Standards. 
    All awardees will receive recognition at the Mass Audubon Annual Meeting as well as in our publications and communications outreach. Awardees will also receive a $1,200 monetary gift to cover materials and supplies for connecting students to their local environment. All nominations must be submitted by September 15, 2016
    Link to online form: 
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015 9:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Wildlife Acoustics’ mission is to support efforts in conservation and environmental stewardship. We want to enable those involved in animal biology, research and conservation to do their best work easily and quickly. To that end, Wildlife Acoustics has established a grant program to support bioacoustics research efforts from chiropteran, avian, terrestrial, amphibious and marine wildlife, to everything else in between.

    Questions? A number of answers can be found at If you can't find an answer there, please send an email to

    Every quarter, Wildlife Acoustics will be giving away up to $5,000 of product to grant recipients worldwide. If they choose to make the results public, recipients will also have their work featured on our website and social media channels. Grant recipients must be associated with a charitable, educational or other tax-exempt organization. Consideration will be given to projects that meet the following criteria:
    • Project makes significant use of bioacoustics for data collection and/or analysis. 
    • The work advances scientific knowledge and contributes to long-term conservation. 
    • The grant award would have significant impact on the success of the project. 
    • The grant request provides adequate information to evaluate the project, including detailed expected outcomes and use of bioacoustics data to support those outcomes. 
    • The project should begin in the year that the application is submitted, or in the following year if the application is submitted in the off-season. 

  • Monday, September 01, 2014 8:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Science Teachers Association has many awards with a variety of categories. Many include incentives to support educators attending the National Conference or the National Congress in the summer. For more information go to:

    Several classroom grants are also available at:

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