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Award to a USA K-12 Public School Teacher to Honor Achievement in Engineering Education

Northrop Grumman Foundation Excellence in Engineering Education Award

GrantWatch ID# 182391
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and Northrop Grumman Foundation
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/21/22

Grant Description
Award totaling $10,000 to a USA K-12 public school teacher of science or technology to recognize outstanding engineering-related classroom instruction. The award is intended to demonstrate the importance of teaching students the skills used by engineers in the field, as well as integrating high-quality engineering instruction into the science classroom.

This award is to recognize excellence in the field of engineering education as outlined in the NSTA Position Statement on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Section II Conceptual Shifts in the NGSS.

Criteria for Judging 

Excellence of contribution of service and leadership in engineering science education, is the main criterion for selection of the recipients. Among the types of outstanding service that are considered by the committee are:

  • Active leadership in engineering education
  • Foster observation, investigation, and creative thinking
  • Promote scientific inquiry
  • Provide opportunities to connect science educators and their students with the broader engineering science and technology community
  • Provide students with interdisciplinary, multicultural, and multi-perspective viewpoints to demonstrate how engineering transcends STEM boundaries
  • Use appropriate technologies such as modeling, simulation, and distance learning to enhance engineering education learning experiences and investigations
  • Support of the NSTA Position Statement on the Next Generation Science Standards as they relate to engineering


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
The applicant must be a K–12 public school science/technology teacher. Individuals must have a minimum of 3 years' teaching experience. Awardees will have exhibited excellence in engineering science education.

Pre-Application Information
Completed applications must be received by December 21, 2022.

The recipient of the Award will be honored during the annual Awards presentation.

Please be advised that you may apply for more than one award; however, you are eligible to win only one NSTA award per year. Each application must be based on a unique program and process. Submission of the same idea and materials to different NSTA award programs will result in the disqualification of all applications. If your idea or project has received an NSTA award in the past, that idea or project is not eligible to receive an additional award.

Number of Grants
One award will be awarded annually.

Estimated Size of Grant
The awardee receives a cash prize of $3000, and $2000 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. In addition, the awardee’s school receives $5000 for classroom materials and equipment.

Contact Information
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