Toyota nurtures science in schools with cash
The program recognizes and provides support to teachers who make a difference by demonstrating excellence and creativity in science education, Toyota officials said this morning in announcing the grants. The impact is that the programs get students excited about science. The winning programs will begin project implementation this month.
“There is nothing more gratifying than honoring outstanding science educators who demonstrate excellence, creativity and vision in science teaching," said Dr. Francis Eberle, executive director for the National Science Teachers Association. "We are extremely proud of the winners ... for their unwavering commitment to their students and profession.”
Judges award money to one teacher or teams of teachers based on creativity, risk-taking and originality. Fifty teachers receive grants of $10,000 each. Projects range from creating bio-fuel to further America's go-green effort to increasing food production on farms in urban environments. Winners teach at the elementary, middle school and high school level.
As a result of the Toyota TAPESTRY program, tens of thousands of students have benefited and many teachers have utilized the opportunity to win prestigious awards that include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, the National Science Teachers Association Distinguished Teaching Award and the Einstein Fellowship Award. This money allows teachers to push science-based projects beyond classrooms to positively affect their communities and becomes such a showcase that the teachers and students through outstanding performance are able to get additional money from other philanthropic sources.