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Georgia Science Teachers Association

2022 District Mini-Grants OPEN NOW!

GSTA has changed the timeline for our District Mini-Grants. You can now apply this spring to receive your funds in July!  We will be awarding two mini grants per GSTA districtMini-Grant applications are due by June 3, 2022.

District mini-grants are designed to fund creative class projects. GSTA provides $300.00 per project award. Teachers who need funding for special classroom projects are encouraged to apply for mini-grants. Recipients of these district mini-grants are asked to complete the project during the 2022-2023 school year and submit a brief article for submission to for the eObservations/social media by January 31, 2023.

Application Requirements for District Mini-Grants

Section 1  Confirm active Georgia Science Teacher Association membership. You must be an active GSTA member to apply for a district mini-grant. Include the statement: "I am an active GSTA member."

Section 2 – Project title

Section 3 Brief and concise description of your plan or idea. Explain how you will carry it out and why you feel it is a worthwhile project. Include how the project will contribute to the scientific literacy of your students, colleagues, or school and/or enhance your ability to teach the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Science. Double-spaced, 12-point font.

Section 4 – Project budget. GSTA can grant up to $300.00 per project. If you need more funding, you may wish to seek additional funds from other sources.

Section 5 – Submit a photo of yourself to be used for publicity purposes should you be selected as a GSTA District Mini-Grant winner.

Section 6 – One letter of support from a supervisor familiar with your work.

All items should be uploaded as a single document in Section order here.

All applications must be received by June 3, 2022.

2022-23 GSTA Board of Directors

Executive Director: Justin Harvey

President: Dr. Nicole Page

President Elect: Melissa Niemi

Vice President: Chanel Johnson

Secretary: Dr. Jessica VanValkenburgh

Executive Treasurer/Secretary: Nancy Brim

Elementary School Representative: Marquita Jackson

Middle School Representative: Kristina Istre

High School Representative: Jordan Tidrick

College Representative: Dr. Kania Greer

Science Supervisor Representative: Dr. Jeremy Peacock

District 1: Robert Bice

District 2: Jane Reed

District 3: Kelly Bodner

District 4: Natasha Smith

District 5: Dr. Sheila Barnes

District 6: Mandy Fulton

District 7: Heather Cowart

District 8: Dr. Michelle Thompson

District 9: Donita Legoas

District 10: Teresa Massey

District 11: Patti Howell

District 12: Kathryn Mullen

    GSTA Professional Resources

    Besides our world famous GSTA Phenomena Bank, GSTA supports science teachers across the state by curating professional resources.

    Phenomena Bank - Get a free GSTA t-shirt!

    Want a free GSTA t-shirt? The first 25 people to submit an approved phenomena to the GSTA phenomena bank will receive a t-shirt. Here are the steps:

    1. Submit the phenomena (you will include the GSE element, link to phenomena (image, data set, graph, video, etc.), more details about the phenomena, and a lesson resource. See the phenomena bank for more details and examples. Be sure the phenomena is aligned to the 3-D nature of the GSE. 

    2. Once completed, submit this form that includes your t-shirt size, color preference, and mailing address.

    GSTA is committed to supporting excellence in science teaching for the students of Georgia. GSTA works to CONNECT, INFORM, SUPPORT, and ADVOCATE for science teachers in Georgia. We also seek to PARTNER with like-minded formal and informal science education organizations to further GSTA’s mission and goals.


    CONNECT Georgia science teachers to vibrant local and statewide professional networks that enhance their classroom practice and the value of their membership. 

    Professional Learning

    INFORM GSTA members through a variety of professional learning opportunities that enhance access to current, research-based practices for teachers at all levels, for all disciplines, and in all settings across Georgia. 


    SUPPORT GSTA members through professional resources that help teachers improve their practice, the academic lives of their students, and their school communities.


    ADVOCATE for excellent science education in Georgia on behalf of teachers and students and encourage our members to raise their own voices in support of excellent science education for all students in our state. 


    PARTNER with informal science education stakeholders to facilitate science literacy opportunities for learners of all ages in real-world communities.

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