2020 National Science Week school grants
Applications for the 2020 School Grants have now closed.
The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), with funding assistance from the Australian Government, provides grants for school-initiated National Science Week activities.
The grants are designed to support teachers and schools deliver engaging STEM events and activities that align with the National Science Week vision. They are intended to be a contribution to the running of a National Science Week activity or event in a school not the sole means of support.
Due to COVID-19, the Australian Government and ASTA have recognised that 2020 Science Week schools programs must adapt to meet new schooling arrangements. These changes are outlined below:
Changes to the 2020 School Grants Program
In consideration of the impact of COVID-19 and the limited ability of schools to undertake normal science week activities, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, who fund the program, have agreed to a modified format in direct response to medical advice regarding social distancing requirements.
In place of our traditional competitive financial grants selection process, applicants to the school grants program are now eligible for an activity card-based system to use across Science Week to support and encourage student engagement.
Based on ASTA’s highly successful SPECTRA model (SPECTRA = Science Program Exciting Children Through Research Activities), cards are produced for four different educational groups from Early Years through to Year 10, with curriculum-based topics relating to this year’s Deep Blue theme. All the activities are designed to be completed either at school or at home (where students are still undertaking home-based learning).
ASTA will issue each participating school with a Science Week bundle, including SPECTRA cards, certificates and badges. Using the cards, students may carry out a range of practical and observational activities, research, experiments and projects. The in-built assessment component can be easily administered by teachers and/or parents, and when the required number of activities have been completed to their satisfaction, they will award the student a National Science Week certificate and badge.
As in previous years, ASTA will conduct a national competition to select prize-winning students through images submitted of their work. Three winning students per state/territory, in addition to their schools, will each receive a $100 prize.
Assessment process and notification
ASTA collects all online applications. After the closing date for 2020, eligible applications are awarded the SPECTRA packs on a first-come-first-serve basis. ASTA will notify all applicants by email of the outcome of their applications during the week beginning Monday 1 June 2020. All applicants will be able to access the list of successful applicants on the ASTA website www.asta.edu.au and the Science Week website after this date.
Obligations of successful applicants
- Register your activity/event on the National Science Week website: Register your grant funded activity on the Science Week website NO LATER than Monday 13 July 2020.
- Run your National Science Week activity: You MUST complete the science activity/event DURING National Science Week 15–23 August.
- Fill in the online feedback form: Provide feedback on your funded activity/event by completing and submitting a brief online evaluation form (details of link will be provided before Science Week). All feedback must be received by Monday 14 September 2020.
- Send an image: Provide at least one digital image that shows your National Science Week event. It does not have to include students but if it does you will need to ensure you have permission to share.
For more information please contact your state or territory coordinator
Or the ASTA National Science Week Coordinator
Clea Hooper firstname.lastname@example.org (02) 6282 9377