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Friends of Arlington's

David M. Brown Planetarium

DR. Alice G. B. Monet Teacher Grant program

Since 2013, The Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium has been supporting Arlington Public School (APS) teachers as part of our mission to support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The Dr. Alice K. B. Monet Teacher Grant program provides funds for teachers to attend classes, major educational conferences, and online learning. The program is administered jointly with APS and has benefited dozens of our teachers and - most importantly - their students.

To apply: Teachers, please contact Chris Reid in the APS science office directly.

Funding is derived from public-event ticket sales, a portion of memberships, and donations. Every donation makes a difference!

To donate to the Dr. Alice K. B. Monet Teacher Grant Program, please visit our donations page

In 2024, the teacher development grants program was named for Dr. Alice K. B. Monet. Dr. Monet attended Reed Elementary, Swanson Middle, and Washington-Lee/Liberty High School. A class visit to the newly opened Arlington Planetarium helped inspire Dr. Monet to pursue a career in Astronomy and she had a 35-year career at the US Naval Observatory, doing geodetic astronomy, stellar astrometry, and planetary astronomy. Dr. Monet has been a long-term supporter of the Friends, the planetarium, STEM education, and was the founding president of Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium.

Testimonials From Grants For Teachers

I attended several sessions at the NSTA conference in a variety of areas. I tried to pick sessions based on what areas I teach in fourth grade. Some of the sessions I attended related to Project-Based Learning, including a seaplane challenge, stream ecosystems with food chains and food webs, hands-on energy activities, and BreakOut. I plan to incorporate what I learned about project-based learning and the specific activities I saw during the hands-on energy sessions in my classroom. I believe my students will be very engaged by these.

Jennifer Witt, Tuckahoe Elementary

This was a three-day conference where there were many sessions to choose from each day. Many of the sessions I attended were STEM based. In many of the sessions I learned how to STEMify lessons through engineering designs and inquiry. The STEM-In-a-Bag was a great workshop with 20 easy to make STEM challenge ideas that each fit into a paper bag! The Infusing Technology into your Science Instruction provided an introduction to easily merge technology into your already busy science classrooms! The sessions were hands-on, engaging and age-appropriate for my K-5 science lab. I have already tried a few activities in my K/1 classes. Attending this workshop makes my planning much easier now!

Kristin Bouton, Barcroft Elementary

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