The Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) has been established to encourage innovation and excellence in education, as well as to encourage the use of high-quality on-line resources by students, teachers, and the public. In 2009, the prize recognized outstanding projects from all regions of the world that brought freely available online resources to bear on science education.
Science would like to repeat the success of the SPORE prize in 2010. Winning projects should reinforce one or more of the four strands of science learning recommended by the National Academies (Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8 , National Academies Press; see also Bruce Alberts, "Redefining Science Education," Science 23 January 2009: 323, 437; http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/323/5913/437) and be consistent with the science education standards published by the National Academies (National Science Education Standards , National Academies Press) and the AAAS (Benchmarks for Science Literacy; http://www.project2061.org/publications/bsl/online/index.php). Please refer to the winning SPORE essays published in Science in the last issue of every month throughout 2010 for additional guidance.
Winners will be selected by the editors with the assistance of a judging panel composed of outstanding teachers and researchers in the relevant fields, chaired by the Editor-in-Chief of Science. Individuals responsible for the creation of the winning resources will be invited to write an essay that describes the resource for publication in Science in 2011.
Rules of Eligibility for SPORE-2010:
Nominations: Please provide the following information about the project:
The prize will be awarded without regard to sex, race, nationality, geographical location of the project, or membership in AAAS. Funding partners of AAAS, previous SPORE winners, employees of Science and AAAS and their subsidiaries, and immediate family relatives of employees, are not eligible for the prize.
Essays on the winning sites can be found at www.sciencemag.org/special/spore/