Teacher Resources

FundaGeek has successfully helped fund undergrad research projects posted by students from schools such as Miami University in Ohio and Northern Michigan University. Through crowd-funding, a mechanism utilizing the power of crowds, students can use social media to solicit personal donations to fund the budget for their projects. The needed funds are raised by offering “Rewards” in exchange for “Pledges.” Think of NPR or PBS pledge drives where a large number of donors pledge small amounts in return for simple rewards. FundaGeek has entry portals specific to scientific research, technology, inventions, community support and education.

The Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant will provide 50 youth programs with the basic tools and supplies needed to begin a vegetable garden. Recipients will use the gardens to teach youth about respect for diverse cultures and nutrition. Peace gardens focus on using edible plants from different cultures, providing young people the opportunity to learn about the world through culinary delights. Edible gardens in particular provide opportunities for youth to learn how to nurture and care for other living things, while also learning how to care for themselves. Students gain first-hand experience through the process of growing food and gaining the skills needed to increase their access to fruits and vegetables. To be eligible, your school or organization must plan to garden in 2013 with at least 15 children between the ages of three and 18. Schools in the United States must have a student body eligible for 50 percent or more in reduced or free lunches. The selection of winners is based on a demonstrated relationship between the garden program and peace studies, and nutrition and hunger issues. Apply by Jan. 2, 2013.

  • $400 in gardening supplies
  • $100 for soil amendments and plants

Local Wal-Mart Grant. If you are applying for funding through a Sam's Club location, additional focus areas are considered. Learn more about the Sam's Club Giving Program. The Local Giving Program awards grants of $250 to $5,000 through Wal-Mart stores, Sam's Clubs and Logistics facilities. Organizations must be described as one of the following: an organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), (4), (6) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code; a recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes; a K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or, a church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.

  • Applications must be completed in full and submitted online to be considered.
  • Submitting an online application does not guarantee funding.
  • The facility manager and the grant administrator reserve the right to adjust the amount awarded to each organization without prior notice. Read the Local Giving Guidelines before beginning your application.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning Grants. The National Science Foundation is encouraging proposals that capture the creative and innovative potential of informal STEM learning for the future, and potentially forge new connections across all STEM learning communities. The program expects to make approximately 34 awards based on anticipated funding of $20 million in FY 2013. Principal investigators must consider ways their project can address the following program priorities: advancing the field, innovation at the frontier of informal learning, broadening participation, collaborations, and STEM content. Full proposals are due Jan. 14, 2013 by 5 p.m. proposer's local time.

Apps, apps and more apps

Spray Lite. Spray Lite is an app that stores and organizes farm spray records. These records can easily be saved at the farm-to-field level. Other information, such as planting dates, can be stored under the comment section for each field. This app can also generate spray reports that can be emailed and exported to a CSV format.

TankMix from DuPont. Allows users to calculate the amount of product or water needed to treat a specific field area, as well as the amount of product needed to the get the volume-to-volume ratio. (*iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad*)

What’s Invasive. Citizen scientists learn about and collect data to track the distribution of invasive plants.

YieldCheck. Developed by Precision Planting, YieldCheck provides growers with a simple way to calculate and store corn yield estimates. Users can organize estimates based on client, farm and field. They can also see the location of all of their estimates on a map with satellite imagery. For example, users can simply enter kernel counts for three ears of corn and reveal the amount of bushels they can expect this fall. *(iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)*

Agriculture Regulations. Provides growers with complete text of Title 7 CFR, Agriculture. Bookmark the particular rules that apply to their operation. (*iPhone, iPad*) ($.99)

Corn Planning Calculator. This app provides real-time useful calculations for the planting of corn from specific inputs resulting in the correct spacing of the corn being planted. Inputs such as population desired, cost per acre, seed counts and spacing in inches or metric format are achieved. *(iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, $0.99)*

Farm Manager. The Farm Manager app allows farmers to record cropping, livestock, and machinery procedures, and access this information with ease. Users can record full history of crops from when they are sown through to harvested; record chemical and fertilizer use, including type, rate, and date applied; and keep track of machinery maintenance. *(iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, $16.99)*

KIS Futures. Allows users to track prices on commodity futures and options and gives a detailed snapshot of high, low, last and net change of multiple markets-options. *(iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, $1.99)*

USDA News. The U.S. Department of Agriculture News Reader grabs the top stories from the USDA and delivers them to your iPhone/iTouch. *($.99)*

DriveSafely. Speaks text and emails aloud so users can concentrate on the road or field. It lets users chat by sending text responses by voice and use voice commands like "repeat message" or "call back sender." *(iPhone, BlackBerry)*

IntellicastHD. If you are sitting on a turn-row wondering if you are going to get rained out before you finish planting your last 40 acres, this app gives the most up-to-date weather radar information within the last five minutes. Other weather apps can be delayed by as much 10 minutes. This app also gives you the latest forecast information. *(iPad)*

My-Cast from Garmin. Displays animated radar, predicted storm paths and watches/warnings from the National Weather Service. *(Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, $3.99)*