Time’s running out to help an afterschool program win up to $2,000 or other prizes!
Help to shine a light on your favorite afterschool program by voting in the Bright House Networks Lights On Afterschool photo contest on Facebook. Up to three afterschool programs are eligible to win $1000 in cash, and one program in a Bright House Networks service area can win up to $2000.
Vote for as many photos as you want each day—but only one vote per day per photo! So be sure to come back and vote again so your favorite can stay in the lead! Voting will end this Friday, Nov. 15 at 11:59 PST.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. National winners receive:
- $500 cash award
- A laptop computer
- Trip for two to the National award ceremony in Charlotte, NC, March 15, 2014
We also plan to recognize as many as 60 educators this year with the NCWIT Educator Award, which comes with $1000 for professional development and a Dell laptop from sponsor AT&T. Winners are selected from educators that encourage girls to apply for the Aspirations Award. https://www.aspirations.org/participate/educators
The Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an excellent way to help your students channel their creative thinking and demonstrate their knowledge. The annual program is a multi-phase, business and technical plan competition, free and open to students ages 13-18 from around the world. The program invites teens to work in teams of 2-5 students and use science, technology, engineering and math skills along with creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship to develop innovative products and services to benefit humanity and address global sustainability.
The first round submission can be completed in less than five hours from start to finish. The deadline for the 2013-2014 one-page abstract qualification round is this Thurs., Oct. 24.
Not sure you have all the tools needed for your team to be successful? The Spirit of Innovation Challenge provides free access to mentors, webinars and forums to answer all your questions. Join today! www.ConradAwards.org
|Project GUTS students work with StarLogo TNG, a graphical programming language for modeling and simulation.|
This past spring, we invited applications for the Afterschool STEM Impact Awards to identify programs that had significant impact on their students. As national buzz around K-12 computing education increases, we also wanted to showcase how afterschool can help support and grow those initiatives.
|Read more about Science Club in our STEM Storybook Program Profile>>|
The Afterschool Alliance and Noyce Foundation are delighted to announce that Science Club, a partnership between Northwestern University and Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, has won the 2013 Afterschool STEM Impact Award in the partnerships category!
As many of you know, we conducted an awards competition this summer to identify afterschool STEM programs that had significant impact on their students and highlight the power of afterschool programs as key partners in STEM education. We had two themes that programs could apply under: (1) Partnerships with a STEM-rich institution and (2) Computing and/or engineering focus. We received hundreds of applications and it was tough to choose just one winner in each category from among so many excellent programs!
I think you’ll like this piece of news. I’m excited to share that we’ve extended the deadline for nominations for the MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Awards! We’ve pushed back closing nominations until Oct. 21 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. This means you now have a full extra week tonominate an afterschool program serving middle schoolers for a chance to win $10,000 and be featured in our series of issue briefs and in ourAfterschool in Action compendium!
With your help, we will be able to highlight five innovative afterschool programs demonstrating excellence in the following four categories:
- Why Data Matters: How Afterschool Programs Use Data to Improve Programming
- Students with Disabilities and Other Special Needs and Afterschool
- The Role of Afterschool and the Common Core State Standards
- Keeping Kids Safe and Supported in the Hours After School
Every day in communities across the country, there are countless unsung heroes working tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of the children and families they serve. Among them are the mentors, volunteers, staff and other educators that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families during the hours after school and over the summer.
We might not always get the opportunity to thank them, but this fall, we’re teaming up with Bright House Networks to celebrate Lights On Afterschool by shining a light on the afterschool and summer learning programs that are making a difference.
Your program could win up to $2,000 in the Lights On Afterschool Facebook Photo Contest! Starting tomorrow, submit a photo that creatively shines a light on your program and the afterschool activities and staff that enrich and inspire the students and families in your community. Be as creative as possible—the four photos with the highest number of likes will win cash prizes for their afterschool program!
Afterschool filmmakers: What's the connection between population growth and current global challenges?
By Shaun Gray
The Education Department at Population Connection is once again running their “World of 7 Billion” high school student video contest, which challenges students to create a short video exploring the link between population growth and the related social and environmental issues.
There are omore than 7 billion people sharing the planet and we live in an increasingly connected world. In our global society, population pressures can affect our ability to sustainably use the Earth’s resources and improve living conditions for all of the world’s people.
Considering the interdependence of people and the planet, create a short video (60 seconds or less) that illustrates the connection between population growth and one of the following global challenges:
- Climate Change: sea level rise, extreme weather, emissions
- Global Poverty: hunger, public health, education
- Water Sustainability: consumption, pollution, water conficts
Four winners will be chosen in each topic area with cash prizes for all winners; grand prizes of $1,000.
Contest is open to all students in grades 9-12, worldwide. And as a bonus, complimentary classroom resources for participating teachers.
Hurry and enter! Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014.
For contest details, visit World of 7 Billion.