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Award to a USA K-12 Educator to Recognize Excellence in Technology Education

Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award


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and Space Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Deadline: 12/08/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Award of $1,000 to a USA K-12 formal or informal educator to recognize excellence in the field of educational technology. The award recipient will be honored for the creation and delivery of a technology program. Preference will be shown to programs focusing on aeronautics and/or aerospace. Applicants should demonstrate how the participating students benefit from the program.

In a continuing effort to recognize outstanding contributions by K-12 formal and informal educators in the field of Educational Technology, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF) in partnership with the Space Foundation and NASA, is pleased to present the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award.

The  Award is given annually in recognition of contributions to creative and innovative use of technology in education by K-12 educators or district-level education personnel. Every year, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in collaboration with NASA and the Space Foundation, selects a teacher who exhibits extraordinary inspiration for students to learn about Science and Technology in the classroom. 

Selection criteria:

  • Innovation: Innovative and imaginative programs should showcase creative solutions to new or old problems. Applicants should implement effective “out-of-the-box” programs to their school and/or district. 
  • Technology: What technology has been implemented or developed as a result of your program? There should be evidence of advancement in educational technology as a result of the program. The technology implemented in the program should provide advancements in education.
  • Excellence: What are the results of your programs and why are they considered outstanding? Programs should produce a tangible result that emanates excellence. The applicant must also demonstrate how their programs ultimately benefit the students in a school or district. There should be evidence of an increase in student achievement in STEM instruction as a result of this program. 
  • Program Type: Does your program deal with aerospace and/or aeronautics? Programs which focus on aerospace and/or aeronautics will be given priority to other programs. The program should focus on STEM instruction in aerospace and/or aeronautics.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award is open to all K-12 formal and informal educators from across the nation.

Pre-Application Information
Nominations will open October 2, 2023 and close December 8, 2023.

Applications will be reviewed in two stages. During the first stage, applications will be reviewed by AMF staff to select finalists for the Award. Each application will have multiple readers and will be evaluated according to how well the application addresses the criteria. In the second stage, the Selection Committee will review and evaluate the finalists and select a winner based on the Selection Criteria. If candidates have tied based on the provided rubric, additional information may be solicited from the nominator, and interview with the candidates may be held.

The Award will be presented by AMF, the Space Foundation and NASA at the 39th National Space Symposium April 8-11, 2024 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Estimated Size of Grant
The winner will be flown to Colorado Springs, where hotel accommodations will be provided for 3 nights and 4 days. The winner will receive a commemorative trophy with his or her name engraved and a monetary award of $1,000. In addition, the Award winner's name will be placed on a plaque honoring past recipients that is housed in the Center for Space Education at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The winner may be given an opportunity to speak at said Symposium, limited to one (1) minute acceptance.

Contact Information
Online nomination form:

Resumes must be emailed to along with submission of the online application.

If you have questions, please contact Isabel Kennedy, Director of Education of The Astronauts Memorial Foundation at Subject Line: ASTEA

Office (321) 452-2887
Cell (973) 224-5441

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation
State Road 405
Building M6-306
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899

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