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Mission Possible – Classroom Transformation

The winning videos of the 2021 CIA Mission Possible - Classroom Transformation are now available!


What would be possible if you had $25,000 in technology upgrades for your classroom?

The Mission Possible - Classroom Transformation wants to answer just that! The mission is to help improve science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) education in public schools. This competition awards STEAM teachers with $25,000 in equipment to update their classroom with the latest educational technology.

Most children today are digital natives, seemingly born with smartphones or tablets in hand. Still, some schools do not have the budgets to keep pace with changing technology. Having $25,000 worth of interactive technology would give a boost to any student trying to learn STEAM in today’s world!

We will be awarding a top prize to a deserving classroom in Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA; and Washington, D.C. In addition, the runner-up in each city will receive $5,000 in technology upgrades to their classroom.

This program is made possible through a sponsorship from the Central Intelligence Agency.

How do I qualify?

How do I qualify?

  • Teach a STEAM subject for 3rd through 10th grade
  • Work for a public school in Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA; or Washington, D.C.
  • Submit a 3-4 minute video creatively illustrating the need and possible uses of technology in their classroom

A panel of educators and ORISE staff will determine the winning classroom for each city.

Entries will be judged on how well they:

  • Demonstrate or explain the need for technology
  • Demonstrate or explain the possible use of technology
  • Demonstrate overall creativity in the entry
  • Provide an explanation of the teaching philosophy and/or approach that will be used to expand the STEAM learning experience and encourage students to pursue careers in STEAM fields

We will notify winning teachers in July 2021 and we will work with you to have your classroom updated for the 2021-22 school year. You will need to be available in early August to assist with the transformation of your classroom.

Apply today to see what is possible for your classroom and students!

If you choose to accept this mission:

If you choose to accept this mission:

  • Ensure you are eligible and review the judging criteria above.
  • Talk to your principal about your desire to participate and ask him or her for a letter of support.
  • Talk to your technology coordinator about your desire to participate and ask him or her for a letter of support.
  • Have the people who will be featured in your video complete a media release form online at https://www.orau.org/news/photo-release.html.
  • Create a video featuring you and/or your students that will impress the panel of judges and earn high marks in the criteria listed above.
  • Use the link below to apply and submit your video.
  • The deadline to apply is Friday, July 9, 2021.

Apply Now!