Deadline: on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to help you buy equipment for your classroom by providing you with a mini-grant! To enter, submit your best STEM lesson plan that integrates STEM with other academic subjects. THREE mini-grants will be awarded to the teachers with the top 3 scoring lesson plans!


  • Grand Prize Winner: $1,500 mini-grant
  • Runner-up: $1,000 mini-grant
  • Judges’ Choice: $500 mini-grant


  • Interested educators are invited to submit an original lesson plan to by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 30th, 2024.
  • To avoid plagiarism, please a submit lesson plan that you have written. We understand that many activities are developed by other teachers; just make sure that you put your own spin on the activity.
  • The topic of your lesson plan can be any STEM topic that you teach in your class.
  • Lesson plans should include the following:
    • lesson title
    • teacher name and school
    • target grade level
    • time required for lesson
    • standards/objectives
    • materials required
    • instructional steps for introduction, activities, and closure
    • assessment strategies
    • differentiation strategies
  • Lesson plans will be scored using this rubric.
  • Teachers must teach in the United States, a U.S. Territory, or a DoDEA school and have had their badges scanned at the ORISE booth at the NSTA conference to be eligible to win.
  • Teachers are eligible to win 2 ORISE competition in a 12 month period.
  • The materials that you would purchase with your mini-grant do not have to be related to the lesson plan that you submit. Furniture for the classroom cannot be purchased. We can work with you to determine which materials you want to purchase with your prize. Prizes will be purchased by ORISE and shipped directly to your school.

If you have any questions, please contact

Note: Lesson plans submitted for the competition may be shared with other educators via the ORISE website. Plans are subject to revision and edits by ORISE staff before they are shared, so please submit in an editable format (Not PDF).

To view the current ORISE lesson plan library, visit