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Award to a USA or Canada K-12 Teacher for Outstanding Science Instruction

Shell Science Teaching Award


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/21/23 Save

Grant Description
Award of $10,000 to a Canada, USA, or territories K-12 teacher for outstanding classroom science education. The award recipient will be honored for having positively impacted the school, community, and students through excellence in teaching. In addition, the awardee and finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend a national conference.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Nominees must be classroom teachers whose responsibilities include teaching science. Nominees must have a minimum of eight (8) years of experience (not including the current school year) as a teacher of science, and must teach in a private or public school in the United States, U.S. Territories, Department of Defense schools, or in Canada.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline for submission is December 21, 2023.

The Shell Science Teaching Award Judging Panel will review the nomination packets and select 10 finalists. These individuals will then be asked to provide a YouTube video of no longer than thirty minutes that features classroom activities with students that clearly reflect the candidate’s teaching philosophy and application submission. The classroom is defined as indoor or outdoor—wherever the candidate teaches science. The video will be due in mid‐January. The Shell Science Teaching Award Judging Panel will review the videos and select three finalists. The committee will then form a subcommittee consisting of three (3) members, who will visit each finalist. Site visits will take place at the candidates’ schools in February. The subcommittee will then determine the recipient of the award.

Late or faxed applications will not be accepted. Applications may only be submitted via the online submission form.

Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
The Shell Science Teaching Award recipient will receive $10,000. The recipient and the two finalists will each receive an expense-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. During the conference, they will be honored at the Shell Reception. The recipient will also be recognized at the Shell Reception. The 10 semifinalists will receive certificates of distinction.

Contact Information
To nominate online:

To apply online:

Direct questions to

National Science Teaching Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington VA 22201
(T) 703.524.3646
(F) 703.243.7177

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