The Salt River Project (SRP) Learning Grant application process opened on Oct. 1, 2016. Teachers in K-12 can apply for up to $5000 in funding from SRP. The process closes on February 28, 2017, and funding is given in May.
Information, application, and grant-writing tips are at
All K-12 educators in metropolitan Phoenix, Pinal County, Gila County, Yavapai County, Page, St. Johns, and NGS community chapters are eligible to apply.
* Develop projects and programs geared toward state-mandated competencies.
* Use funds for innovative teaching strategies that improve student performance objectives in math and science.
TWO HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS & CHEMISTRY EXAMPLES:
1) In spring 2015, Centennial High School (Peoria USD) was awarded $4,500 to connect students' conceptual knowledge of physics with the physical world outside the classroom. Centennial purchased technology that extended learning beyond the school building itself; students collected and analyzed data in real time using sports, nature and campus life as the laboratory. This bridge built between textbook and the outside world will encourage students to employ scientific principles on a daily basis, even long after they leave school. Melissa Girmscheid is the physics teacher.
(Melissa's SRP grant was the foundation for my successful $1000 proposal to the AAPT Bauder Fund, which resulted in a 1-day mechanics projects workshop attended by 28 physics and physical science teachers at ASU last May 31. Melissa Girmscheid and Theresa Burch led it.)
2) In spring 2016, Sunrise Mountain HS (Peoria USD) was awarded $5000 to benefit more than 200 chemistry students. The objective of this project is to integrate the use of Vernier LabQuest 2 standalone hand-held interface into the classroom. The interfaces will allow students the opportunity to conduct experiments and collect/analyze data in the same manner as real scientists. The interfaces will also allow students to engage in student-centered, inquiry-based learning and motivate them to learn with the use of scientific instruments to conduct real-time investigations. The students will also be able to use the interfaces to conduct scientific investigations outside of the classroom, allowing students to investigate the world around them.
Last spring, SRP Learning Grants were given to 26 schools, for a total of about $122,000.