Attention Science Educators: Registration is now open for the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge

ARLINGTON, VA –(BUSINESS WIRE)–The sixth annual Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge is now accepting applications for the 2022-2024 program. The Challenge—sponsored by Shell USA, Inc. and administered by the National Science Teaching Association—encourages science teachers (grades K-12) in select communities located across the U.S. who have found innovative ways to provide quality laboratory experiences using limited school and laboratory resources, to to apply for a chance to win up to $330,000 in prizes, including school science lab support packages valued at $15,000 (for elementary) and $20,000 (for middle and high school). The deadline for submission is February 17, 2023.

“Shell USA, Inc. is pleased to support science educators with science resources, providing students with access to laboratory equipment to support their inquisitive interests. Encouraging students to question, explore, construct, test and interpret observations are important skills that can lead them to engage in scientific disciplines,” said Dr. Fraser Wilson, Director, Workforce Development, Diversity Development , Shell USA, Inc. “The Shell Challenge Regional Science Laboratory equips school laboratories with equipment to enhance quality educational outcomes, especially for science teachers who create innovative experiences for students despite limited laboratory environments.”

Judges will evaluate entries based on a variety of criteria, including demonstrated research and innovation in a classroom with limited equipment; demonstrated impact and engagement with students and the community; and demonstrated need for additional professional development and scholarly materials. Twenty-seven regional winners will be selected: nine at the elementary level, nine at the middle school level, and nine at the high school level. From the 24 winners, three grand prize winners will be selected – one at each level.

“All students deserve a high-quality science education that includes access to laboratory experiences that help them make sense of the world around them and be scientifically literate,” said Elizabeth Mulkerin, Ed.D., NSTA president. “However, inadequate funding, inadequate resources and equipment, and insufficient training limit teachers’ ability to provide the laboratory experiences their students deserve. The Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge will not only provide teachers with the resources they need to enhance their existing lab capabilities, but will also provide the professional learning needed to support their learning in the classroom.”

Regional winners at the elementary level will each receive a school science lab support package valued at $15,000, and regional winners at the middle and high school levels will receive a school science lab support package valued at $20,000. Each grand prize winner will received additional support of $5,000 to attend an upcoming NSTA National Conference on Science Education, where he will be honored during a special evening celebration.

For more information about the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge or to apply, visit https://www.nsta.org/shell-science-lab-regional-challenge.

About Shell USA, Inc.

The commitment of Shell USA Inc. towards society and social responsibility has been there for more than 50 years. During that time, we have contributed more than one billion dollars in community support, health and wellness, the environment, arts and cultural activities, various educational initiatives, including minority education, and diversity and inclusion programs in Houston and the U.S.

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About NSTA

The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is a vibrant community of 40,000 science educators and professionals committed to best practices in science teaching and its impact on student learning. NSTA offers high-quality science resources and continuing education so that science educators grow professionally and excel in their careers. For both new and experienced teachers, the NSTA community offers an opportunity to connect with like-minded peers nationally, connect with mentors and leading researchers, and learn from the best in the field.

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