DoD STEM Ambassador for MATHCOUNTS
Apply to join a prestigious cohort of educators who collaborate to create and curate resources to support STEM educators nationwide.
DoD STEM Ambassador program
About the Defense STEM Education Consortium
The Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC) is a collaborative partnership between academia, industry, not-for-profit organizations and government that aims to broaden STEM literacy and develop a diverse and agile workforce with the technical excellence to defend our Nation. By addressing and prioritizing critical STEM challenges, the Department of Defense is investing in evidence-based approaches to inspire and develop the Nation’s science and technology workforce. The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a member of DSEC.
About the DoD STEM Ambassador Program
Educators who are recognized with the DoD STEM Ambassador award will partner with DSEC to advance STEM outreach throughout the 2020-2021 school year. As members of this prestigious cohort, DoD STEM Ambassadors will collaborate to create and curate resources to support STEM educators across the nation in implementing high quality STEM learning for all students. This program is facilitated by RTI International, and as a member of DSEC, MATHCOUNTS selects one of the ambassadors in this cohort.
Scope of Work
Throughout the 2021-2022 program year, the DoD STEM Ambassador for MATHCOUNTS (DSAM) will:
- Create 6 math lessons, similar in structure to a MATHCOUNTS Practice Plan, using past/current MATHCOUNTS materials, as well as materials created or curated by the DSAM. These lessons should facilitate remote-learning and digital mathematics learning and provide creative engagement approaches to be shared with educators.
- Write 1 blog post to be featured on the DoD STEM website.
- Be a presenter at a national, state or local conference to share DoD STEM resources (this can be a virtual conference).
- Meet virtually each month with other ambassadors to network and learn from each other.
RTI International, the organization managing this program, will provide support and guidance to DoD STEM Ambassadors. In addition, the MATHCOUNTS outreach staff is happy to answer any questions and support the DSAM as needed.
The timeline may change over the course of the 2021-2022 program year.
- May 20-June 20, 2021: Application period for the DSAM position. Educators must be invited to apply for this. MATHCOUNTS has already contacted the educators eligible to apply for 2021-2022.
- June 20, 2021 at 11:59pm ET: Deadline to apply for the DSAM position.
- July 6, 2021: Announcement of DSAM.
- September 1, 2021: Begin work as DSAM.
- November 1, 2021-February 28, 2022: Create 6 math lessons similar in structure to MATHCOUNTS Practice Plans.
- Spring/Summer 2022: Present at a national, state or local conference. MATHCOUNTS can help the DSAM identify a conference and register as a presenter, if needed.
- August 2022: Post a guest blog on DoD STEM website by this time, likely earlier.
- Ongoing: Monthly meetings with other DoD STEM Ambassadors, facilitated by the program managers.
Funding for the Award
The DSAM selected for the 2021-2022 program year will receive $20,000 in funding from DoD STEM, to be disbursed by the MATHCOUNTS Foundation. This is based on the following:
- $12,500 stipend, disbursed as $4,500 in December 2021, $4,000 in March 2022 and $4,000 in July 2022
- $5,000 for classroom materials and supplies, disbursed when requested by DSAM throughout the year (receipts will be required for documentation)
- $2,500 to cover the cost of attendance at an educator conference or professional development (registration, travel, lodging)
How to Apply
Educators must be invited to apply to be the DSAM. MATHCOUNTS has already contacted the educators eligible to apply for 2021-2022. If you received an emailed invitation from the MATHCOUNTS Foundation, you will need to provide your unique invitation code in the application. Click the button below to download a preview of the application questions. Submit your application in the form below no later than June 20, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.