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Orkin’s Start With Science Innovation Challenge for insect and entomology projects

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Update 4/23/18: Funding for this opportunity has been fully applied to eligible projects and is no longer available. Check back regularly--we'll reveal the top 10 most innovative projects from this innovation challenge soon!

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This spring, Orkin Pest Control wants to give your classroom the creepy crawlies (in a good way!) by matching donations to projects submitted to the #StartWithScience Innovation Challenge. Submit your most creative idea for teaching your students about insects through earth science, math, or biology, and donations to your project can be matched one-to-one by Orkin while funding lasts.

All eligible projects will be evaluated against the rubric below and will be considered for one of ten $5,000 gift cards.  Judging will begin later this summer!

Here’s how to qualify:

  • Enter the campaign code STARTWITHSCIENCE to get started.
  • Create a project requesting resources to teach your students about insects.  If you’re requesting real insects, head to Carolina Biological Supply, and make sure you’re mindful of the end of the school year approaching!
  • Keep your total project goal under $3,000, including taxes, shipping, fees, and the suggested donation to support DonorsChoose.org.  Most teachers keep the cost of their resources under $600 to give their project the best chance of success!
  • In your essay, talk about how the things you’re requesting will inspire your students, give them hands-on experiences learning about insects. 

 

If your project meets the criteria above, you should see Orkin’s match offer applied to your project as soon as it’s approved and live on the site (however, it won’t appear during Friends and Family Pre-funding). New donations will be matched one-to-one as long as funding remains.

CRITERIA SCORE OF 1 SCORE OF 2 SCORE OF 3 SCORE OF 4
Be innovative Idea is widely used in US schools to teach STEM concepts Idea is not commonly used in US schools to teach STEM concepts Idea is creative and not commonly used in US schools and integrates STEM concepts while also teaching about insects and entomology Idea is creative, unconventional, and exciting, incorporating STEM concepts in an unconventional way
Propose an idea that ignites student interest in learning about insects through STEM Idea is not directly tied to igniting student interest in learning about insects, entomology or STEM Idea is meeting a teacher-identified student need but isn’t directly connected to sparking student interest in learning about insects, entomology or STEM Idea is inspired by teacher-identified student needs, amplifies students’ interests, and will spark student interest in learning about STEM and insects/entomology Idea is developed with student interests in mind and will encourage student learning about insects, entomology and STEM beyond the classroom environment
Engage students in entomology or learning about insects) through application, i.e., project is immersive, hands-on, or project-based Project is not immersive, hands-on or project-based and/or not clear on how STEM concepts will be applied Insect-based project is somewhat immersive, hands-on, or project-based and mostly defines how STEM concepts will be applied Insect-based project is immersive, hands-on, or project-based and mostly defines how STEM concepts will be applied Insect-based project is immersive, hands-on, or project-based and clearly defines how STEM concepts will be applied
Be easily replicated in classrooms across the country Idea could be replicated only in very specific school settings (e.g. “middle schools with a river nearby”) Idea could be replicated by other teachers in one specific content area and grade level (e.g. 9th grade Life Science) Idea could be replicated by other teachers in same grade range or broad content area (e.g. 6-8th grade, math) While also innovative, idea could be replicated by any teacher nationwide and be easily adapted for multiple grade levels