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What are STEM + Families Science Festivals?

Evening gatherings of students and families hosted by PTAs in schools across the country

  • Fun: Shared hands-on science experiences.
  • Easy: Facilitator guides and materials lists provided for all experiments

  • Inspiring: Help all kids experience and explore activities and careers in STEM



2019 STEM + Families Science Festival Grant, Sponsored by Bayer


Apply now through Sept. 8 for the National PTA STEM + Families Science Festival Grant, sponsored by Bayer.

Your PTA could be:

  • One of 30 local PTAs to receive $1,000 plus $250 for supplies to host a STEM + Families Science Festival
  • One of five District/Council/Region PTAs to receive $3,000 plus $500 for supplies to host two STEM + Families Science Festivals
  • One of 10 elementary and middle school Renewal PTAs to receive $500 to host a STEM + Families Science Festival
Grant Program Requirements

As a local PTA grantee, you will be required to:

  • Attend online trainings to learn how to host a Science Festival
  • Host one Science Festival in your school community between November 2019 and May 31, 2020
  • Encourage event attendees to take a post-event online survey
  • Complete a Program Leader Feedback Form within two weeks of your event
  • Submit three pictures of your event to National PTA
  • Use the communication tools provided in the toolkit to share your event story with your local community and National PTA

As a District/Council/Regional PTA grantee, you will be required to:

  • Attend online trainings to learn how to host a Science Festival
  • Work in partnership with local PTAs to host two Science Festivals in your school community between November 2019 and May 31, 2020
    • Both of your events must use at least 10 Bayer science experiments
  • Apply to present a workshop on STEM during your state convention or leadership conference
  • Encourage event attendees to take a post-event online survey
  • Complete a Program Leader Feedback Form within two weeks of your event
  • Submit three pictures of your event to National PTA
  • Share your event story using at least one of the following communications plans. National PTA will provide training and templates for you to use in all three plans.
    • Social Media Plan
      • Three total social media posts on the medium of your choice (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, tikTok); two posts will advertise your event and one post will be a follow-up after the event.
      • You will provide a schedule of anticipated posts to National PTA for promotion in advance and will submit screenshots of the posts to fulfill this requirement
    • Email Outreach Plan
      • You will send six total emails: two emails will advertise each event and one email as a follow-up to each event
      • You will provide a screenshot of each email and any available email metrics (number of emails sent, email open rate, email click rate, etc.) to fulfill this requirement
    • Local Media Outreach Plan
      • You will alert your local media to each of your events via a press release and media advisory
      • You will submit at least one link to local press coverage to National PTA to fulfill this requirement

As a Renewal PTA grantee, you will be required to:

  • Share what you learned about hosting a Science Festival with this year’s local and District/Region/Council STEM + Families grantees during training sessions
  • Host one Science Festival in your school community between November 2019 and May 31, 2020
    • Your event must use at least 10 Bayer science experiments
  • Encourage event attendees to take a post-event online survey
  • Complete a Program Leader Feedback Form within two weeks of your event
  • Submit three pictures of your event to National PTA
  • Use the communication tools provided in the toolkit to share your event story with your local community and National PTA

Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must:

Your PTA can apply for as many grants as you’d like, but you can only receive one grant in each program area (PTA Connected, STEM + Families, Healthy Lifestyles or Family Reading Experience) per school year.

Also, if you won a Science Festival grant last year, you ARE eligible to apply again! Just choose the option on the application to apply for a “Renewal” grant.

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.

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Science in Action

Check out these photos and testimonials from STEM Science Festivals.



STEM + Families Science Toolkit

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

Why STEM?

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.

Sponsors

Bayer
Founding &
Presenting Sponsor

Mathnasium
Microsoft
Founding Sponsors

littleBits
ThinkFun
Supporting Sponsors

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