Teacher Resources

Scientific Method Rap

Each month, Awesome Food will give one applicant $1,000 to help pull off an awesome idea involving food. The ideas must relate to food in some form, and the definition will be more inclusive than exclusive. Anyone is eligible to apply: for profit, nonprofit, individuals, companies, schools, adults and children. Applications are reviewed as they are received. One grant is awarded each month.

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. Areas of interest include community clean-up initiatives, community gardens, park and/or playground projects and outdoor learning environments. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $25,000. They review applications year-round.

Pets in the Classroom provides funding to purchase small animals for the classroom, aquariums, and housing equipment and supplies.

Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program. Grants, up to $5,000, are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools or tax-exempt public service agencies in the United States that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials or services. The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program will accept proposals for grants from Nov. 1 - Dec. 1, 2012.

Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Contest and Scholarship Program. This is a great opportunity for a PALS program. Each year, Bonnie Plants distributes free cabbage plants to third graders across the country to foster an interest in gardening and the environment. Cabbages are delivered to students whose teachers have signed up to participate. Students in these third grade classrooms each get their own cabbage to plant, take care of and harvest. The cabbages are the O.S. Cross variety, which are known for producing giant, oversized heads, making the process even more exciting for kids. As part of the program, Bonnie awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each state. The drawing will be done in each state by the agriculture department representative. Teachers are asked to give out cabbage plants with instructions to students to carry home and grow. Teachers pick a class winner in size and maturity for the state scholarship drawing. Submit one winner per class to Bonnie Plants with a good quality picture, preferably digital.

National Education Foundation Achievement Grant. The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants are provided to improve students' academic achievement by engaging them in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work also should improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning and critical reflection. The maximum award is $5,000. Practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, and faculty and staff members at public institutions of higher education are eligible.
Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students. Applications are reviewed three times per year: February 1, June 6 and Oct. 15.

Digital Wish Grants. Digital Wish offers 43 different grants for digital camera hardware and software for your classroom. To apply, register your classroom at Digital Wish. You will be automatically entered to win a myriad of different technology grants, plus your class story will be publicly posted so that potential donors can make a contribution to your classroom. Then, log in and enter a lesson plan. Every lesson plan you enter will be automatically added to your class profile. All teachers who submit a lesson plan on Digital Wish will be automatically entered to win a Mobile Digital Camera Lab plus as many as 43 technology grants. Grants will be awarded on the 28th of every calendar month.

Money Smart Podcast Network

http://www.fdic.gov/moneysmart. The FDIC has now extended its award-winning Money Smart curriculum to be available in a portable audio (MPS) format. Designed for all ages, segments are short and include checking and savings, budgeting and saving, and credit topics. Also available on a free CD by visiting here.

Apps, apps, and more apps

iCropTrak. Named a Top 10 New Product Award winner for 2012 at the World Ag Expo, the iCropTrak is a multi-user software solution that runs in the field with or without Internet connectivity. It allows users to take advantage of geographic data, the GPS technology in the iPad, the larger screen size and touch interaction. iCropTrak gives users an opportunity to deploy data collection templates for functions as diverse as food safety inspections, field spray management, employee timesheets and more. (iPad)

JD Link. This equipment management app from John Deere is a telematics system designed to remotely connect owners and managers to their equipment, providing alerts and machine information including location, utilization, performance and maintenance data to manage where and how equipment is being used. (iPhone, iPad)

Mix Tank from Precision Laboratories. Assists users in determining the mixing sequence for pesticides, adjuvants and foliar products. (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)

Mobile Ag Tank Mix Calculator from Marrone Bio Innovations. Helps growers and applicators quickly calculate the proper ratios of up to any three products to be mixed together in the spray tank. (iPhone, iPod Touch)

NPIPM Soybean Guide. Provides current management options for insect and other arthropod pests affecting soybeans grown in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Kansas. (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)