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Grants, Resources, and Supports

2018-2019 Grant Opportunities

Climate Science Learning


STEM Clock Hour Guidelines and Criteria

2019 Crayfish Permits

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 ( 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.

   left arrow   2019 Crayfish Permit Form


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.

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 - Applications Now Open
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.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) - Nominations open November, 2018
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.

STEM Contest
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 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.


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.

Reports and Papers

NSTA Position Statement on Early Childhood Science Education

Recommendations for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Report (PDF)

Laboratory Safety

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.

Safety Guidance
Classroom Safety Guidelines: Section K of the Department of Health and OSPI Health and Safety Guide (PDF, 6 pages)


Washington State Science and Learning Standards


   Updated 1/10/2019

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