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DonorsChoose.org STEM Lab Supported by AT&T: AT&T matching donations on STEM projects, starting March 4, 2019

Update 3/18/19: Funding for this match is running low. We anticipate all funding will be applied to eligible projects within the next 2 weeks. If you have a project idea in the works, submit as soon as possible for the best chance to receive matched donations!

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What kind of match?

All qualifying projects will receive a 2X Match. That means a $20 donation will become a $40 donation. The most innovative projects will receive a 5X match! See details below for how we select winning projects.

If your project meets the criteria below, new donations on your project will be matched as long as funding remains. You will see the match offer applied to your project as soon as it is approved and live on the site. Please note, the match offer will not appear during Friends and Family Pre-Funding.

How to qualify:

  • Start a new standard project and make sure to enter the campaign code "ATTSTEMLAB" by clicking "Apply a campaign code."

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  • Keep your total project goal to $1,000 or less, including taxes, shipping, fees, and the suggested donation to support DonorsChoose.org.
  • Request STEM resources in your project and describe in your essay how your requested STEM resources address a real-world problem. We are especially encouraging projects that use skill-based learning to promote career readiness.
  • Select Applied Sciences or Mathematics as your subject area, which you will find under the Math & Science category.

Create your project

What won’t qualify:

  • Professional development projects are not eligible for this match.

Receiving a 5X match on your project:

At the end of each month, projects that qualify for the 2X match will be considered for a 5X match. That means a $20 donation will become a $100 donation! Check out our scoring rubric for how we will evaluate submitted projects:

 

Winning projects should:

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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 real-world issues in science or otherwise

Idea is rooted in teaching students about STEM, and is creative, unconventional, and exciting, incorporating STEM concepts in an unconventional way

Propose an idea that ignites student interest in STEM and STEM Careers

Idea is not directly tied to igniting student interest in STEM and STEM Careers

Idea is meeting a teacher-identified student need but isn’t directly connected to sparking student interest in STEM and STEM Careers

Idea is inspired by teacher-identified student needs, amplifies students’ interests, and will spark student interest in STEM and STEM Careers. Project essay names direct connection to STEM-related career.

Idea is developed with student interests in mind and will encourage student interest in STEM and STEM Careers. Project essay names direct and specific connection to STEM-related career.

Engage students  to use their skills to address or solve a real-world problem, 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 to a real world problem

Skills-based project is somewhat immersive, hands-on, or project-based and mostly defines how STEM concepts will be applied to real world problem

Skills-based project is immersive, hands-on, or project-based and mostly defines how STEM concepts will be applied to a real world problem

Skills-based project is immersive, hands-on, or project-based and clearly defines how STEM concepts will be applied to address a real world problem

 

Looking for inspiration?

Check out our STEM Lab page to see the winning projects we found most innovative.

Here are also some of our favorite real-world STEM projects:

With thanks to AT&T

AT&T is excited to bring this match to life through by supporting the STEM Lab on DonorsChoose.org. The DonorsChoose.org STEM Lab Supported by AT&T is a platform for teachers to look for ideas, create innovative classroom projects, and bring STEM resources to their students that reinforce real-world application. Through the Lab, teachers can create ideas and content, designed to bring innovative STEM learning experiences to their students.

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