Robert H. Carleton Award
This is the most prestigious award an NSTA member can receive. The Robert H. Carleton Award recognizes one individual who has made outstanding contributions to, and provided leadership in, science education at the national level and to NSTA in particular. It is NSTA's highest honor.
SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year
The SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Environmental Excellence Awards recognizes the outstanding efforts of students, teachers, and community leaders across the country who are working at the grass roots level to protect and preserve the environment.
Shell Urban Science Educators Development Award
This award provides support to seven diverse educators in pursuit of professional development, and serves to increase the science educator talent pool of minority educators to meet the education work force challenge of the future.
Sylvia Shugrue Award for Elementary School Teachers
This award honors one elementary school teacher who has established (or is establishing) an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based lesson plan. The lesson plan will fully reference sources of information and any relevant National Science Education Standards and benchmarks found in the Atlas of Science Literacy.
Vernier Technology Awards
A partnership of Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), this award recognizes the innovative use, or potential use, of data-collection technology (e.g. probes or sensors) interfacing with a computer, graphing calculator, or handheld in the science classroom. Seven awards will be presented in the following categories: one elementary (grades K–5) award; two middle level (grades 6–8) awards; three high school (grades 9–12) awards; and one college award
Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards
Promotes the innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, tablet, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom.
Student Recruiting CRM Grant
For educational institutions interested in implementing a complete student recruitment platform designed to help higher education institutions in automating their entire student recruitment process. It helps in improving overall communication to engage students, derive meaningful insights, and simplify other admin tasks.
Garden Grower Grant
To start a Katie's Krops vegetable garden in their community, where the whole harvest is donated to people in need.
Community Organizing Grants Program
To support those organizations that will have a significant impact in their geographic and social justice focus area, or are working on issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders.
LEGO MINDSTORMS Voice Challenge
We are thrilled to announce LEGO MINDSTORMS Voice Challenge: Powered by Alexa – an opportunity for Alexa developers, LEGO MINDSTORMS enthusiasts, and creators around the world to explore and build the future of voice-based experiences through construction and robotics play. Enter for your chance to win from over one hundred prizes worth up to $100,000, including one grand prize winner who will take home $20,000 in Amazon Gift Cards, LEGO models, and a trip to LEGO Headquarters in Denmark — where they will have an opportunity to tour the LEGO House and meet LEGO toy designers. In addition, the winner's creation will be featured for LEGO fans to view at the annual LEGO World event in Copenhagen.