Grants and Resources
2019 Crayfish Permits NEW
The process for obtaining a crayfish permit for the use of crayfish in the science classroom curriculum changed during school year 2017 – 2018.
OSPI only issues permits to schools and districts. This is not a vendor permit. Vendors interested in obtaining a permit should contact Allen Pleus (email@example.com) at the Department of Fish and Wildlife/AIS Unit.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is requiring that all permit applicants complete an online informational training and that they provide information regarding use of living crayfish in classrooms:
- (1) The supply sources and contact information of the crayfish distributors,
- (2) The names of schools and/or districts being served by this permit,
- (3) The contact information for the primary individual responsible for the crayfish distribution,
- (4) The numbers of crayfish purchased, name of species, and
- (5) The date, method, and numbers of crayfish euthanized.
The following link connects to a survey that will ask you to input this information and will also ask you to agree to the provisions of the permit. When you complete the survey, you will be able to obtain your 2018 – 2019 crayfish permit.
2019 Crayfish Permit Form
Non-profit Community Based Organizations RFP Preliminary Information
STEM Clock Hour Guidelines and Criteria
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 math, science, and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill.
American Meteorological Society Education Program
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) DataStreme Project is a free professional development program for in-service K-12 teachers, in which they gain considerable subject matter content and confidence in Earth and Space Science instruction.
EARTH's Consumer's Guide to Minerals
A compilation of monthly articles from EARTH magazine. Rather than focusing on visual and physical properties, this book explores minerals' myriad uses in scientific research, manufacturing, medicine and many commercial applications.
Green Ribbon Schools Award
Schools and districts with a strong emphasis on sustainability are invited to apply for the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools Award. Schools and Districts must be making significant strides in 3 main pillars:
Pillar 1: Reducing environmental impact and costs.
Pillar 2: Improving the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff.
Pillar 3: Providing effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.
National Youth Science Camp
National Youth Science Camp is an annual program available to two high school
seniors per state. Recipients are selected by a committee formed by the governor
based on academic proficiency in the sciences, leadership qualities, and
intellectual curiosity. For more information visit the
National Youth Science Camp Web site.
Northwest Association for Biomedical Research Essay Contest
NWABR invites 7th & 8th grade students to enter the “Biomedical Breakthroughs and My Life” essay contest. Entire classes or individual students may submit 450-650 word essays with a reflective paragraph. Researchers will serve as judges and provide comments to every student. Winners receive cash prizes and will be invited to an Awards Day at a research facility. Contest details and previous winning essays can be found on the
NWABR Web site.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors for America's teachers of mathematics and science. These awards recognize and honor K-12 teachers for their outstanding work in the classroom and also as leaders within their schools and communities.
Samsung and its partners are asking teachers to participate in its annual contest to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, a key academic challenge in our country.
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
Mission 7 to the International Space Station.
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Washington State University’s Imagine
Tomorrow High School Competition
WSU’s Imagine Tomorrow Competition is open to all WA state high school students.
The competition challenges high school students to seek new ways to support the
transition to alternate energy sources.
Zero Robotics Challenge
Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Station. Students program the satellites to play a challenging game. Students can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser. All tournaments are free of charge and all you need to participate is a team, mentorship and the internet.
Washington State Science Fair
WSSEF is open to all public, private, online and home schooled students in grades 1–12 in the state of Washington. Over $1,000,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded last year to "Promote Future Scientists and Engineers."
South Sound Science Regional Science Fair
All K-12 students from both public and private schools in Pierce and Thurston counties are invited to participate. There is no registration fee.
Earth Science Week
The American Geological Institute invites students and the public to take part
in Earth Science Week. Earth Science Week encourages people everywhere to
explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences. For more information
visit the Earth Science Week Web site.
Reports and Papers
NSTA Position Statement on Early Childhood Science Education
Recommendations for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Report (PDF)
Science & STEM Education in Washington State: Background & Current Landscape
2012 Laboratory Waste Management Guide
The new 2012 Laboratory Waste Management Guide has been released by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County. The new version has been significantly expanded and refined since the last edition was published in 2006.
Classroom Safety Guidelines: Section K of the Department of Health and OSPI Health and Safety Guide (PDF, 6 pages)