Bring a Prize-Winning Math/Science Activity to Your Students, and get a 5X Match from Overdeck Family Foundation and Simons Foundation

Update 12/17/17:  Funding for this opportunity has been fully applied to eligible projects and is no longer available.  We'll update this page if any additional funding becomes available!


Teachers who adapt and replicate one of ten winning Science Everywhere projects can receive quintupled donations from the Overdeck Family Foundation and Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation.

Thanks to generous support from Overdeck Family Foundation and Simons Foundation, during the 2016-2017 school year teachers received funding for hands-on, engaging math and science projects that took place outside of class time. More than 1,000 projects were funded! Five teachers with the most effective outside-school STEM activities each earned $5,000 in funding for their schools, with five additional runners up each receiving $1,000.

75% of Nobel Prize winners in the sciences say their interest in science was sparked by an experience outside of school. Teachers like you know best that learning does not stop when the bell rings, and educators are uniquely poised to adapt these ten amazing ideas for hands-on, engaging math and science experiences students can have at home, in an after-school program, on the weekend, or anywhere that young people find themselves when not in class.

Here’s how it works:

1. Review the ten project options below to determine which one will work best for the students in your class. You can also take this Buzzfeed quiz to find out which Science Everywhere project might be best for your students.

Project Title/Link

What your project essay should describe

Materials you could request

Vendors to shop at


Chemistry in our World

An opportunity for your students to talk to real scientists and present on their findings

Recorders or video cameras for the scientist interviews, poster paper and other presentation supplies

Best Buy Education,,

Staples Advantage

The Science Behind the Music

How you will start your own “Science and _____” club, to show students how science interacts with their passions

Synthesizers or composition apps for science and music club, old models of devices for history and science club, scales and clay for art and science club, etc.

Woodwind & Brasswind, Blick Art Materials,

Creating Air Quality Maps of My Community

Sending your students out to measure air quality in different areas near your school and make an air quality map of your community

Handheld carbon dioxide meters, markers, printed maps


Amazon Business

Super Scientist

Every week, a different student does an experiment at home with family and presents on it in class

Send-home STEM experiment books or kits

AKJ Education,


Learning Grows at Home: Amazing Bending Plants

Students grow regular plants, and plants in a 3D maze and compare

Soil, seeds, planters, 3D maze kits

Carolina Biological,

Frey Scientific

Runners Up

Gizmos, Gadgets, Goldberg

Build a Rube Goldberg machine at home

Marbles, dominoes, ramps, blocks, etc

Amazon Business,


Marvelous Math Take Home Bags

Send home math and science games

STEM games and kits, backpacks

AKJ Education,


FIRST Lego League

Bring/support a robotics club/team at your school

Code-your-own robots like Lego Mindstorms, Dash & Dot, etc.

Best Buy Education,

AKJ Education,

Amazon Business,

Kaplan Early Learning

Family Game Nights for Special Education

Host a family STEM game night at your school

STEM games and kits

AKJ Education,


Let Me Be A Sky Watcher

Sending home telescopes


Carolina Biological,

Kaplan Early Learning

2. Create a project inspired by one of the ten ideas above.

  • Enter the campaign code SCIENCE when starting your project.
  • Be sure to clearly explain how your project was inspired by one of the ten projects explained above.  While your project will share it's core idea with one of the winning projects, your essay must be unique, and cannot be copied from any other project.
  • Project materials must be for use outside of class time - in an after-school program, at students’ homes, etc.
  • Keep your total project goal under $2,000, including tax, shipping, fees, and the suggested donation to support

3. When your project is approved, you’ll see the Simons Foundation and Overdeck Family Foundation logo on the righthand side of your project page. New donations to your project will be quintupled, while funds last. That means if a donor contributes $20 toward your project, you’ll receive a total of $100: $20 from the donor, and $80 from the foundations. We’ll update this page if funds are ever running low, but rest assured that if you see the Overdeck Family Foundation and Simons Foundation logos on your project page, there are still funds available.

4. If your project is fully funded, you’ll receive an email from researchers at the University of Virginia within two business days, asking you to distribute pre-project and post-project surveys to the students who will engage in the Science Everywhere activity, and to a comparable group of your students who don’t engage in the activity. Teachers who complete pre- and post-surveys will receive a $100 gift code from the University of Virginia team by June 2018. To be eligible for the gift code, submit your project by April 1, 2018, and return your pre- and post-surveys by May 1, 2018.

Here’s to more science, everywhere!