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APEGA Innovation in Education Awards

APEGA Innovation in Education AwardsThe APEGA Innovation in Education Awards enables Alberta teachers to incorporate meaningful, educational experiences in their Grade 1 to 12 classrooms. These engaging, hands-on, and student-led initiatives can take place during class time or outside of school hours.

Ten grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to facilitate innovative, STEM-focused classroom initiatives.

Successful initiatives will be engaging, hands-on, and student-led, while having a positive impact on a community outside of the classroom. Through such initiatives, students will gain a deeper understanding of STEM topics and develop skills that will empower them to pursue their interests. By exposing students to real-life applications of STEM and the positive impacts that associated fields have on the world, we can increase interest and diversity within the fields.

Eligibility

All educational, administrative, and support staff members currently employed by a grade 1 to 12 school or school board in Alberta are encouraged to apply. Recipients must be certified to teach in Alberta. Applicants who teach in towns on the Alberta border and are certified to teach by another province are eligible if their classroom includes students who are current Alberta residents. Recipients must be in roles that enable them to complete the initiative with students and must have the full support of their school or school board.

Initiative Criteria

Activities conducted through this award must:

  • be carried out by at least one class of grade 1 to 12 students at the recipient's school
  • be focused on science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Initiatives with a specific focus on engineering or geoscience are preferred
  • be student-led, hands-on, and engaging
  • encourage skill development in students while teaching realistic and relevant applications of STEM fields
  • have a positive and measurable effect on the class and on the larger community outside the classroom (e.g., students gain a better understanding of a STEM topic, develop skills, or create something for or educate a group outside the classroom)
  • be completed between the beginning of September 2018 and the end of May 2019

Read the Full Award Evaluation Rubric

Students learning from a teacher about the outdoorsTimelines

Recipients need to report to APEGA on their initiative's progress in December 2018 and March 2019. Reports should include photos and videos, timeline and budget updates, and initiative-specific metrics (such as the number of students engaged, the initiative's influence to date, and unexpected challenges and modifications to the initial plan).

In June 2019, APEGA will host a public showcase for students to demonstrate the results of their initiative.

A final report summarizing the initiative's outcome will be due in July 2019. This will include a video created by you and your students showcasing your initiative and providing the number of students who participated, the final cost breakdown, and additional initiative-specific data.

child playing with an outdoor globeApplication Process

There are three steps in the application process. Note that you can save your progress on the online application and complete it in stages.

Applications for the 2018 awards are now closed. Applications for the 2019 awards will open in January 2019. 

Start Your Application

1. Introductory information

Provide basic information about yourself and your school, as well as the goals and outcomes of the initiative.

As part of this step, you will be asked to fill in and submit a proposed budget and timeline of key milestones.

Download the Budget & Timeline Template (DOCX)  

2. School support

Upload a letter of support from your school principal as part of your online application. The letter should address 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?
 

3. Video submission

Send us a video to tell us more about yourself and your proposed initiative. This is a chance to be creative and demonstrate how you would showcase your initiative's success should you be selected.

Great questions to answer in your video:

  1. What is your proposed initiative?
  2. Why do you want to pursue this initiative?
  3. In what way do your background and interests relate to the initiative?
  4. Have you completed an initiative like this before? Please describe your experience and any lessons learned.
  5. How will this initiative benefit your students?
  6. What other benefits will this initiative have? Specifically, how will it affect or engage the larger community outside of the classroom?
  7. How will you measure success?

Videos should be a maximum of 3 minutes long. Ensure the video is labelled with your name and your school's name.

Email a link to your video to outreach@apega.ca, or share it with apegaoutreach@gmail.com on Google Drive.

How We Choose Recipients

Recipients will be selected by a panel of APEGA staff members and professional members based on how well the initiative meets the selection criteria, the level of planning in the proposal, and the expected effects of the initiative on the students and the community.

Terms and Conditions

  • Recipients can use additional external funding to support their initiatives.
  • APEGA funds not used for the agreed-upon initiative must be returned to APEGA.
  • If the recipient's employment at the school ends during the term of the agreement, the funds will stay with the school providing the initiative will be completed by an alternative staff member. If no substitution can be found, the funds must be returned to APEGA.
  • APEGA retains the right to withhold or withdraw funds if the initiative is not completed as described in the application form or if the reporting is not completed.
  • APEGA must be notified of significant changes to the initiative, and the recipient must receive APEGA's written approval of the changes before proceeding.
  • An individual or school may apply more than once with different initiative proposals, but there can be only one recipient per school, per award year, and the amount received must be dedicated to a single initiative. Collaborative applications that include multiple teachers and classrooms are encouraged.
  • The award must not be used to fund food, travel, or capital expenses (e.g., a class set of equipment or upgrades to school facilities) unless they are crucial to the completion of the initiative. Such expenses must be clearly outlined and justified in the proposed budget and approved by APEGA.

Initiative Inspiration

Use the following ideas to kickstart your brainstorming. Remember, these are meant to be sources of inspiration and should not limit your own creative process.

  • The Invisible Bicycle Helmet
  • Students create an app in partnership with a community organization that solves a problem affecting the community. Students learn coding and the organization gets a useful app to solve a problem.
  • Students create a device and associated communication campaign to bring awareness to forest fire risks and actively prevent fires from starting.
  • Students develop resources (printouts, presentations, etc.) and they use them to deliver outreach activities to local community members. Topics would relate to Science/Math curriculum, address community issues, provide students with engagement opportunities.
  • Students travel to an area affected by Dutch elm disease, learn to identify affected trees, map the location of diseased trees, and create a website to allow members of the public to add their sightings.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact us at outreach@apega.ca or 780-426-3990 ext. 1103.

Download the Printable Innovation in Education Awards Information Package (ZIP)