Preparing Your Innovation in Education Award Application

On this page you'll find key information for building an application for the APEGA Innovation in Education Awards with the best chance of success.

Application Questions  Documentation Requirements  Evaluation & Scoring  Ask Questions

Application Questions

Applications must be submitted through our online application form. You will not be able to save your progress in the form; we recommend saving your responses in a separate file until you are ready to submit your complete application. 

Here is a summary of information you may be asked to provide about your proposed initiative:

  • Initiative Title
  • Initiative Overview (max 2 sentences)
  • What specific local or global issue will your initiative address? Identify what problem the students will be trying to solve.
  • What is the engineering and/or geoscience focus of your initiative? List a minimum of one direct and explicit connection to engineering and/or geoscience.
  • Who will benefit from the final deliverable the students create? How will the final project deliverable positively impact the larger local community outside of the school?
  • What are your specific goals for this initiative?
  • When will students work on this initiative? Will it take place during normal school hours, or outside of class time? What is the structure of the class(es) participating in this initiative?
  • How will the students benefit from participation in this initiative?
  • What specific skills will the student develop through participation in this initiative?
  • What are the specific learning outcomes for your initiative?
  • If you had infinite money, time, space, etc. how would expand on this initiative?
  • What support from APEGA would you like to receive throughout the duration of your initiative?
  • How will you measure the success of this initiative? List both qualitative and quantitative measures of success.
  • What is the total amount of funding you are requesting?
  • Provide a high-level overview of what types of items/activities the funds will be spent on.
  • Provide a detailed budget.
  • List additional funding sources for your initiative.
  • Provide a timeline of student activities.
  • What are the risks that could prevent successful initiative completion? How can you mitigate those risks?

Within the online form, you will be asked to upload your letter of school support, and the completed timeline and budget document.


Required Supporting Documents

Your application must include both a budget/timeline and a letter of support to be considered for an award. 

Budget and Timeline Sheet

You must complete and submit a proposed budget and timeline of key milestones. You will be prompted to upload this file within the application form.

Download the Budget and Timeline Sheet (DOCX)

Letter of School Support

Please upload a letter of support from your school principal that addresses the following:

  1. How will the school administration support you in completing the initiative as described
    (e.g., will it make an in-kind donation or provide support staff or additional time and resources)?
  2. How does this initiative tie in with your school's or school board's goals?

Evaluation and Scoring

A proposed initiative that does not meet the following criteria will be disqualified:

  • has a strong engineering and/or geoscience focus
  • will help students gain an in-depth, conceptual understanding of the content
  • will expose students to relevant and realistic engineering and/or geoscience applications
  • will be student-led and hands-on
  • will engage every student in at least one Grade K to 12 class
  • will last at least 6 months
  • will create a deliverable that engages or impacts a larger community outside of the school
  • application is accompanied by a letter of school support

Review the Evaluation Rubric

Do you have questions or need assistance with your application?

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  • Tuesday August 25, 2020: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday September 24, 2020: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Monday October 26, 2020: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday November 25, 2020: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Thursday December 10, 2020: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday January 13, 2021: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Friday February 5, 2021: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

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