Toshiba Grants Fund Environmental Science


The Toshiba America Foundation has announced the recipients of several grants under its Science and Math Improvement Grant program. The SMIG launched back in August as part of the foundation's goal of awarding $500,000 to teachers and schools each year.

The Science and Math Improvement Grant funds K-12 school programs and activities aimed at improving student involvement with and achievement in science and math.

Recent recipients of TAF grants funding environment programs include:

  • Teeland Middle School in Alaska, which will be pursuing a project entitled "The Little Susitna River Rangers’ Project," studying the local river, collecting and analyzing data, and working on conservation and restoration efforts;
  • Henry J. Kaiser High School in Hawaii, which received $10,500 to fund "D.E.E.P. Relationships!"--a project that will use "DNA and protein electrophoresis to study the evolution of various Hawaiian species";
  • University Laboratory School in Hawaii, which received $4,990 to allow ninth-grade students to perform hands-on experiments for a project called "Inquiry-Based Investigations into the Unique Properties of Water";
  • Roland Park Country School in Maryland, which received $5,000 for a project entitled "Our Problematic Protozoa," which will study protozoa in soil samples; and
  • St. Paul’s School for Girls, Friends School of Baltimore, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School in Maryland, which received $9,450 for a combined effort to study local ecologies, including water and soil quality, biodiversity, and other environmental health indicators in a project called "Urban to Rural Schoolyard Comparisons."

Through the Science and Math Improvement Grant program, K-6 teachers can receive $1,000 mini-grants for math and science projects. Teachers of grades 7 through 12 can receive grants of up to $5,000. The annual deadline for K-6 grant applications is Oct. 1. Teachers of grades 7 through 12 can apply at any time during the calendar year. Teachers can also apply for grants larger than $5,000. These "large grant applications" are reviewed twice per year: Feb. 1 and Aug. 1.

The Toshiba America Foundation has so far granted some $8.1 million to educators since its inception, supporting about 1,600 schools in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. More information about the grant program can be found at the Toshiba America Foundation Web site here.

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