New Learning Opportunities: July 13, 2020

Bright Ideas Grants: Due August 15th

For more than 25 yearsNorth Carolina’s electric cooperatives have helped light up learning in K-12 classrooms statewide through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Tar Heel teachers with innovative ideas for creative learning projects can submit an online application April through September of each year.

More than 600 grants are awarded annually by our state’s electric cooperatives for projects that improve classroom instruction and utilize innovative teaching methods. Applications are accepted from teachers in a variety of disciplines including music, art, history, reading, science, technology, math and engineering, just to name a few, and educators may apply as individuals or as a team.

To be considered for a grant, the proposed project must meet the following criteria:

  • Be reviewed and approved by your principal or supervisor
  • Directly involve and provide ongoing benefits to students
  • Seek to achieve clearly defined goals and learning objectives
  • Use innovative and creative teaching methods
  • Feature measurable results that can be evaluated upon completion

Funding cannot be used for salaries or professional development.

Apply on line HERE!

NC Space Grant Announces New Program for NC Teachers

NC Space Grant is launching the NC Space Education Ambassadors (NCSEA) program to help prepare pre-college students for STEM careers and to equip teacher leaders to inspire students. The goal of the NCSEA program is to build a statewide network of master teachers who deliver NASA educational content to their local students, schools and communities.

Each year, up to 10 in-service K-12 classroom educators will be selected from eight education districts across the state. NCSEA Ambassadorships will be competitively awarded and require an application, resume, letters of support/recommendation from school administrators, and essays regarding STEM knowledge and passion, especially in engaging underrepresented groups in activities.

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020. Letters of support are due August 2. 

Ambassadorship Activities

NC Space Grant will partner with NASA Education Specialists from NASA Langley Research Center and other NASA field centers to provide each NCSEA cohort with intensive professional development in current NASA Next Gen STEM education themes including: Small Steps to Giant Leaps, Commercial Crew Program and Moon to Mars. 

After their initial training, NCSEAs will work as a cohort over the next academic year to: (1) align existing materials with the NC Standard Course of Study, (2) develop lesson plans and activities to supplement the Next Gen STEM themes, and (3) disseminate information via two outreach events or workshops to other educators in their schools, districts or state. 

Financial Support

NC Space Education Ambassadors will receive a $1,200 stipend upon successful completion of all required activities. NC Space Grant will cover all expenses for professional development at NASA Langley Research Center.


Applicants must:

· Be currently employed as a K-12 classroom teacher or STEM coordinator at any public or private school in the State of North Carolina

· Have a minimum of three years teaching experience

· Be a U.S. citizen

How to Apply

Find more information and apply on our website here


As always, if you do not wish to hear about NC Space Grant funding opportunities, please email me and I’ll remove you from my list. Thank you!

Lee Cannon

Communications Specialist 

Water Resources Research Institute & North Carolina Space Grant

North Carolina Sea Grant at NC State University

Campus Box 8605, Raleigh, NC 27695-8605

(919) 515-2456  ||

Jobi B. Cook

Associate Director, NASA/NC Space Grant

NC State University

850 Main Campus Drive, Suite 105

NCSU Campus Box 7515

Raleigh, NC  27695-7515

Phone: 919-515-5933

[email protected]

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