STEM Teaching Tools Awards (STTA)
AFCEA Hampton Roads Chapter realizes the importance of encouraging students to study the
Scientific, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines that support our
industry's focus on the design, development, manufacture, maintenance, and operation
of communications, electronics, information technology, and intelligence systems. We
believe that effective STEM education at the middle school and high school levels can
capture students' interest and inspire them to study the "hard" subjects as
STEM majors when they enter college. The STEM Teaching Tools Award (STTA) Program is a
joint effort of the AFCEA International Educational Foundation and the AFCEA Hampton Roads
Chapter to promote effective STEM education by enhancing the resources available to STEM
teachers in middle schools and secondary schools in the Hampton Roads area.
For the 2015/2016 school year, the Hampton Roads Chapter has budgeted $8,000 for STTAs
that will be awarded on a competitive basis to high school and middle school STEM teachers
from public and private schools in the Southside Hampton Roads area (this includes the
cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach). The requests for
grants may be for any amount up to $1,000.
The AFCEA Hampton Roads Chapter will consider all applications submitted by public and private high school and middle school STEM teachers in the Southside Hampton Roads area.
- Grants are for items that would augment STEM activities in classrooms such as lab supplies, hardware,
software, or equipment. Grants can also be used to fund extra-curricular STEM activities sponsored by teachers.
- The primary selection criteria will be the application's potential for effectively demonstrating
STEM principles through classroom or extracurricular activities, experiments, demonstrations, etc. A secondary criteria
is the number of students who will benefit from the award in the current and future school years. In the case of
proposals of equal merit, preference will be given to proposals submitted by teachers from schools with
limited math/science education budgets and/or a student body with a high proportion of economically disadvantaged students.
- Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded directly to the teachers who submit the top ranked proposals.
It is clearly understood that the materials and equipment purchased with STTA funds will be used to support STEM classroom
or extra-curricular activities at the school listed in their application.
- Any equipment purchased with the grant becomes the property of the applicable school with the awardee as
the custodian while employed by that school.
- The number of awards will depend on the amounts requested in the top-ranked proposals.
How to Apply for a STEM Teaching Tools Award (STTA)
To apply, complete the STTA application cover sheet and attach a short (5 pages maximum) proposal describing how you will use STTA funds to improve the learning environment in your STEM classroom. You may also attach diagrams, pictures, etc. to better explain your proposal. The cover page and any attached pictures or diagrams do not count towards the 5 page limit.
Ensure that your application/proposal includes the following information:
- Course Name and Description; i.e., grade level and general course objectives
- Describe the classroom activity that will be funded by a STTA
- Cost of equipment/materials to fund the activity (Itemized list)
- Number of students who will participate in the activity or otherwise benefit this year
- Describe carry-over benefits to students in future years if this request is funded
- Financial Need Considerations
- What is the school's budget (per student) for math/science classroom consumable supplies and equipment for the current school year?
- Do you purchase classroom supplies or equipment out-of-pocket? If so, how much did you spend in the last school year?
- Are lab/activity fees are collected from students enrolled in your school's math/science classes? If so, how much?
- What percentage of the school's students receives either free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program?
- Place your name and your school's name at the top of each page.
- Please observe the 5-page proposal page limit, using 1" top/bottom/left/right margins and a minimum 10 pt font size.
Submission and Award Schedule
The AFCEA HR Chapter appreciates the fact that most STEM teachers have needs for supplies and/or equipment they need in the classroom at the beginning of the school year. Our goal is to expedite getting the awards to the STEM teachers as early in the school year as possible.
- Applications may be submitted by e-mail (preferred) or by U.S. mail, but in either case, the deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, October 15, 2015.
- Address applications submitted as e-mail attachments to
- Address applications submitted by U.S. mail to:
AFCEA HR 2015 STTA
22 Eagles Landing
Hampton, VA 23669
- Each application requires three signatures: (1) the applicant's signature, (2) the signature of the applicant's Department Head, and (3) the Principal's signature. We request the Department Head and Principal signatures to confirm that the applicant's request represents a valid but unfunded request for materials that will enhance the learning environment in the school's STEM classrooms.
- If submitting your application via e-mail, either scan the signature page or insert the phrase "Original Signature Page via U.S. Mail" in the space provided for the signatures and mail a copy of the application with the completed signature page. The applications must be received no later than Monday, October 15, 2015.
- Awards will be announced in late October 2014 and presented at the AFCEA Hampton Roads Chapter Luncheon in November 2015.
- Awardees and one guest will be invited to attend the AFCEA Hampton Roads Chapter's luncheon meeting to receive their award.
If you have questions regarding the STEM Teaching Tools Awards, send them via e-mail to Scholarships@afceahamptonroads.org or to Mr. Arthur Hernandez, (757) 320-6401.
2014 STEM Teaching Tools Awards Winners
In November 2014, the following teachers received awards totaling $7,654.60:
- Ms. Tonya Bates, Hugo A. Owens Middle School;
Scientific investigation to promote science thinking and develop inquiry skills to address conflict. ($850)
- Ms. Mary Hing-Hickman, Hickory High School; FIRST Robotics and TARC Rocket Challenge ($919.80)
- Mr. Louis Garland, John Yeates Middle School; The SoWHy! Energy(Solar, Wind, and Hydogen) & Weather Station Program ($1,000)
- Ms. Karen Black, Grassfield High School (Governor’s STEM Academy); VEX Robotics Challenge ($1,000) *
- Mr. Kevin Pace, Technical & Career Education Center; STEM Robotics Challenge ($986)
- Ms. Wendy Barcroft, Landstown High School (Governor’s STEM & Technology Academy); AP Biology Terrestrial Ecosystem ($903)
- Mr. Megan Wong, Landstown High School (Governor’s STEM & Technology Academy); AP Biology Energy transfer lab where students design and conduct experiments related to biomass($995.80)
- Dr. James Barger, Landstown High School (Governor’s STEM & Technology Academy); Robotics Marine Advance Technology Education (MATE)($1,000)
* STEM/Robotics Program Sponsored by AFCEA
2014 IT in Education Award Winner from AFCEA International
In November 2014, the following teachers received awards totaling $1,000.00:
- Dr. James Barger, Landstown High School and Governor’s STEM & Technology Academy, Virginia Beach Public Schools; AFCEA HR Sponsored Lady Eagle Engineers - Purchase STEM Markerspace materials and Lego Mindstorm EV3 Kits. ($1,000)*
2013 STEM Teaching Tools Awards Winners
In November 2013, the following teachers received awards totaling $9,088.55:
- Michelle Baird, Granby High School, Norfolk Public Schools;
"Flipping the Classroom" - Purchase two IPAD Minis, an Apple TV, $60 for Apps, and 2 Protective covers
for the IPAD Minis. ($920)
- Dr. James Barger, Landstown High School & Technology Academy, Virginia Beach Public Schools;
AFCEA HR Sponsored Lady Eagle Engineers - Purchase STEM Markerspace materials and Lego Mindstorm EV3 Kits. ($2,000)*
- Ms. Kelli Caras, John Yeates Middle School, Suffolk Public Schools;
Safety goggles and Sanitizer for the googles. ($1,124.65)
- Mr. Louis Garland, John Yeates Middle School, Suffolk Public Schools;
Cooperating Hampton Roads Organization for Minorities in Engineering (CHROME) after school program to study Why!
Energy (Solar, Wind, and Hydrogen) building a solar panel and wind turbine from scratch. ($1,000)
- Ms. Clara Heyder, Bayside High School, Virginia Beach Public Schools;
Sensing STEM Challenge with Sensors – purchase 6pH Sensors, 6 Gas Pressure Sensors, and 2 pH Storage Solution.
- Ms. Cindy Hutton, Christ the King Catholic School, Private School;
Purchase 2 Celestron LCD Deluxe Digital Microscopes. (639.90)
- Mr. Kevin Pace, Technical Career Education Center, Virginia Beach Public Schools;
STEM Robotics Challenge (SRC) – purchase materials for 5 Level 1 and 4 Level 2 new arenas required for the competition event
– "STEM the Erosion"; building Robots to plant grass and develop ways to build a protective barrier.
This program has increased school participation to 50 schools this year; including 27 elementary, 10 middle,
and 13 high schools. ($1,400)*
- Mr. Johnathon Upperman, Jamestown High School, Williamsburg, VA;
2011 STEM Teacher Scholarship Winner; Purchase a Classroom Personal Response System. ($1,000)
* STEM/Robotics Program Sponsored by AFCEA
2012 STEM Teaching Tools Awards Winners
In November 2012, the following teachers received awards totaling $8,620.44:
- Michelle Baird, Granby High School, Norfolk Public Schools; Purchase two 2 Garmin GPS with elevation page, a Sky Scout, Digital camera, and funds to offset a trip to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in West Virginia. ($1,000)
- Dr. James Barger, Landstown High School and Governor's STEM & Technology Academy, Virginia Beach Public Schools; Purchase Lego Mindstorm NXT Kits and funds to form an AFCEA Robotics Girls Engineering Club to target female engineering students within the Academy to mentor younger female students to increase the female applicants to the academy. Purchase T-shirts and banners for the AFCEA Robotics Girls Engineering Club. ($1,000)
- Ms. Demorrow Bond-Lee, Ghent Elementary School (Includes Grades K-8; Inclusion-Based Setting – with both regular and special education students learning together), Norfolk Public Schools; 2 Electrophoresis Apparatus, Power Pack for Apparatus, 3 Micropipettes, Lewis Electron Dot Modules, 2 Electrophoresis Reagent Package, Micropipette Tips, Biotechnology for Young Scientists, and Chemistry of Gases. ($1,000)
- Ms. Kelli Caras, John Yeates Middle School, Suffolk Public Schools; Supplies safety goggles, air convection demonstrator, and Vacuum Experiment kit – Partial award. Will not fund $700 for bus transportation for STEM Expo and $100 meeting snacks. ($200)
- Subhadra Desaraju, Norview High School, Norfolk Public Schools; Purchase Vernier Lab Quest Mini and temperature sensors go link. Partial award - requested 5 but will fund 4 with shipping. ($730.48)
- Jenna Filipowicz, Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach Public Schools; Purchase Lexus 7 internet tablets @ $199.99 each to facilitate teaching 4 classes, 2 of which are inclusion classes (special education and regular students learning together). She has developed video self-paced lessons and dedicates classroom time to one-on-one assistance and teaching the more difficult concepts. Partial award - requested 5 and will be funded for 4. ($799.96)
- Garland, Louis, John Yeates MS, Suffolk Public Schools; Purchase a sunforce wind generator and a Wind Generator Tower and Installation for CHROME (Cooperating Hampton Roads Organization for Minorities in Engineering) after school program to study So Why! Energy (Solar, Wind, and Hydrogen) ($1,000)
- David Lorenz, Grassfield High School Governor's STEM Academy, Chesapeake Public Schools; Incorporating VEX Robotics into the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department and have raised the funds for 13 VEX Classroom kits and the grant money would be used to purchase additional supplies required. ($512)
- An McGee, Greenbrier Middle School, Chesapeake Public Schools; Sea Perch Club equipment including 4 Sea Perch-Lite Kits @ $259 each for a total of $1,036 ($36 over the $1,000 will be paid by the school). ($1,000)
- Mr. Kevin Pace, Technical Career Education Center, Virginia Beach Public Schools; STEM Robotics Challenge (SRC) – to fund 10of 32 new arenas required for the competition event - Clean the Beach where robots work together as a team to trash on the beach and sort it. This program has increased school participation from 24 schools in 2011/2012 school year to 52 schools this year. The 52 schools include 27 elementary, 12 middle, and 12 high schools. ($1,000)
- Gregory Williams, Maury High School, Norfolk Public Schools; Magnetic Demonstration System. ($378)
STEM Teaching Tools Awards (STTA) 2015 Application Form