NSTA and Shell announce the NSTA’s Shell Science Lab Challenge—an innovative new competition for middle and high school teachers that will bring much-needed laboratory resources to school districts nationwide.  Schools will compete for up to $93,000 in prizes, including a grand prize school science lab makeover valued at $20,000. 
The Challenge asks teachers who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences in schools with little or inferior equipment to submit their strategies. Entries will be judged on the basis of several criteria, including uniqueness, creativity, and replicability of their submissions. 18 regional winners will be selected. Of the 18 winners, five national winners and one grand prize winner will be selected.  Prizes include gift certificates for lab equipment, cash grants, NSTA memberships, NSTA Learning Center subscriptions, travel to NSTA conferences, and paid conference registration fees. Entries submitted to the Challenge will form a national database of ideas and strategies and serve as models for how to succeed in science lab instruction with limited school and laboratory resources. Schools in urban and rural areas, and those with underserved populations, are encouraged to apply. For more information and to apply, go to shellsciencelab.nsta.org. The deadline for entries is February 2, 2011.