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Assessment & Planning

Access resources that help you understand STEM and expanded learning quality, create a comprehensive plan, and assess progress toward quality STEM in your program.

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Curriculum & Activities

Access STEM curricula databases, activity databases, and access culminating events that can be incorporated into your STEM plan.

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Funding

Access rolling funding opportunities by deadline, consistently available funding opportunities, as well as multiple grant databases. 

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STEM Committee

Join a dedicated group of professionals sharing information, resources, promising practices, and a shared work plan to advance STEM in expanded learning.

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Joliet Girls Use STEM Principles to Build Derby Vehicle from Unused Refrigerator

For six weeks, 31 Chicago-area girls ages 13 to 18 are working in six different teams to build electric cars from old refrigerators and then race them Aug. 23 at The Field Museum in Chicago.

Read more about it at The Herald-News!

Techbridge Role Models Matter Toolkit

The Role Models Matter Online Training Toolkit will help you develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) through readings, videos, questions, and more. Role models play a vital role in getting youth excited about careers in STEM. Get prepared today!

SOURCE(S): Techbridge Role Models Matter; Techbridge Role Models Matter Toolkit

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Captain Planet Foundation Grants

The Captain Planet Foundation will fund as many projects as its annual resources allow. All applicant organizations or sponsoring agencies must be exempt from federal taxation under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501, in order to be eligible for funding (this includes most schools and non-profit organizations).

Deadlines:
September 30th - typically for spring and summer projects
January 31st - typically for fall and winter projects

The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. International requests are also accepted, with preference given to international projects who have U.S.-based partners.

Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation and MUST have all three of the following to be considered for funding:

  • Be project-based
  • Projects must be performed by youth
  • Projects must have real environmental outcomes.

Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:

  • Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth
  • Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools
  • Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.


Captain Planet Foundation will accept small grant requests for amounts between $500 – $2,500.  Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects.

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