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Want to Host a Science Festival?

STEM + Families Science Festival Grants

National PTA and Bayer have teamed up to promote Science Festivals with two unique grants available depending on your type of PTA.

If you have received a STEM + Families Science Festival grant in the past, you may not reapply for this grant. Don’t worry – you may still apply for other STEM + Families opportunities (Math Nights, Tech Nights, Game Nights and more!).

Local PTA Grant

Are you a local PTA?

Apply for a National PTA STEM + Families Science Grant

The 2018 - 2019 National PTA STEM + Families Science Grants will award $1,000 to 30 local PTAs to host a STEM + Families Science Festival. All PTAs are eligible provided they can host their event during the 2018-2019 school year.

Although, the science activities are geared towards elementary age students, we encourage high school PTSA’s to apply and host an event in partnership with a local elementary or middle school.  

In addition to the $1000 grant, National PTA and Bayer will also provide awardees with $250 to purchase additional science materials. 

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a PTA in good standing, as determined by your State PTA 
  • Commit to engaging parents and guardians with student learning activities
  • Have at least 15 volunteers to assist with event
  • Submit evaluation results to National PTA after the event

National PTA is committed to promoting and encouraging many types of diversity and inclusion as part of our commitment to every child. In addition to evaluating the merits of each application, we may also consider geography, need, and other criteria to ensure a robust and diverse pool of grantees.

Questions? Email Programs@PTA.org or call (800) 307-4782.

State/Regional/District PTA Grant

Are you a State/District/Council/Region PTA?

Apply for a National PTA STEM + Families Science Grant

Do you want to help build capacity in your local PTA’s? Then this grant is for you! The 2018 - 2019 National PTA STEM + Families Science Grants sponsored by Bayer, will award $3,000 to five State, District, Council or Region PTAs to partner with local PTAs in hosting Science Festivals.

In addition to the $3000 grant, National PTA and Bayer will also provide awardees with $500 to purchase additional science materials.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a PTA in good standing, as determined by your State PTA 
  • Commit to engaging parents and guardians with student learning activities
  • Have at least 15 volunteers to assist with event
  • Submit evaluation results to National PTA after the event
  • Host two STEM + Families Science Festivals at the elementary or middle schools or your choice
  • Present one workshop at your State PTA Convention on STEM + Families


National PTA is committed to promoting and encouraging many types of diversity and inclusion as part of our commitment to every child. In addition to evaluating the merits of each application, we may also consider geography, need, and other criteria to ensure a robust and diverse pool of grantees.

Questions? Email Programs@PTA.org or call (800) 307-4782.

 

What are STEM + Families Science Festivals?

  • Community Events: Evening gatherings of students and families hosted by PTAs in schools across the country
  • Fun: Involve families in enjoyable shared science experiences they can replicate at home
  • Accessible: National PTA has curated a shopping list and will provide most materials for 50 families to participate together in science experiments and activities
  • Easy: Facilitator guides for included experiments from Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense® Science Library are provided
  • Collaborative: Science Festivals encourage community connections and support National PTA's overall STEM + Families Initiative
  • Hands-On: Help kids experience and explore science at their own levels through experiments and activities, and with the engagement of their families
  • Empowering: Kids of all backgrounds can become active in STEM education and learn about careers in STEM

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Use National PTA's STEM + Families Science Toolkit

Visit the 2017-2018  PTA.org/STEM/Science/Toolkit for tools, resources and templates to host a successful Science Festival. 

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Learn More about Making Science Make Sense®

Making Science Make Sense® is Bayer’s STEM-education initiative focused on science literacy.

  • Bayer is dedicated to changing the way science is taught and learned both in and out of the classroom.
  • At Bayer, it's about making science more accessible and less intimidating—to kids and adults.
  • Through its Making Science Make Sense® initiative, Bayer has been working directly with schools, teachers and students to expand access to science education for over 20 years.
  • Bayer is a proud Founding Sponsor of National PTA’s STEM + Families

Explore the Making Science Make Sense® Website

Make sure to check out the experiment cards and videos in the Science Library!

Making Science Make Sense

National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product, or service. No endorsement of Bayer is implied.

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