Dell is running its second Education Challenge, which will be awarding $30,000 in cash prizes as well as mentoring to university and college students who have workable ideas for improving the education experience for K-12 students.
A new initiative to encourage development of Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) applications for education will reward developers with "bounty" money. The program is sponsored by a group of education technology vendors and the IMS Global Learning Consortium.
ATMI, a supplier of advanced materials solutions to the microelectronics industry, has donated $2 million to the University of California, Berkeley to support development of "ultra-low power consuming microelectronic device architecture and design that would enable greater ubiquity of mobile devices."
The United States Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences has launched its fiscal year 2014 grant competitions.
Echo360 has put $60,000 up for grabs in its annual research grants program, which is currently accepting applications for 2013.
SAS' Excellence in Education awards went to the University of Texas System, whose UT System dashboard allows the university community to view, explore, and share data related to performance across all of the system's institutions, and Oklahoma State University, which offers data mining, business analytics, and other certificate programs featuring SAS.
A group of five Carnegie Mellon University-Silicon Valley software students won the school's first HTML5 Hackathon this month with their "Collaborative Coding Dojo" app, which they designed and delivered within the competition's eight-hour window to aid in collaborative coding for software engineers in different locations.
rSmart, the Scottsdale, AZ-based technology solutions provider known for its implementation and support services for education market instances of the open source Sakai (collaboration and learning environment) and Kuali (administrative systems and software suite) platforms, announced on April 11 that Asahi Net International, a company operating in New York with roots in Japan, had acquired the Sakai division of its business. CT asked rSmart CEO Chris Coppola about the acquisition, and about rSmart’s increased focus on the Kuali part of its business.
Along with two middle school teachers and four high school teachers, one college teacher will be recognized later this week as a recipient of the 2013 Vernier/National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) awards during the annual NSTA conference. Each winner receives $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier products, and up to $1,500 to attend the conference, which is being held this year in San Antonio.
NASA is seeking Smallsat technology proposals from American colleges and universities. The agency reported it plans to select 10 total proposals, with project awards ranging from $100,000 for single schools to $150,000 for teams of multiple schools.