Get Funds For Your Classroom Activities

If you teach Grades 5-12 students in Canada, Callysto wants to help fund your classroom activities related to computational thinking, data science, and coding. Callysto is a free, online program that helps Grades 5-12 students and teachers in Canada learn and apply in-demand data science skills including data analysis, visualization, coding, and computational thinking.

This is Callysto’s third Call for Proposals. Read about our past recipients for proposal ideas and inspiration.

The application deadline is 4:00 pm Mountain Standard Time (MST) on February 16, 2021

  • Selected applicants will be notified in late February 2021.
  • All funded activities must be completed by August 31, 2021.
  • The maximum total award amount per project is $10,000 CAD. Funding is provided as reimbursement only. For example, we can’t provide project costs up front.
  • Applicants are welcome to send questions to the Callysto team in advance of the deadline by emailing proposals@callysto.ca.

Submit your proposal in three steps:

  1. Review the assessment criteria; this will ensure your activity is eligible.
  2. Read about the “Eligible Activities” (below) to help you brainstorm.
  3. Submit your proposal by 4:00 pm MST on February 16, 2021 using the Callysto APPLICATION FORM.

That’s it!

Eligible Activities

STUDENT TRAINING WORKSHOPS (1 day, 2 day, full week) 


Workshops targeting small-to-medium sized groups of students are ideal. Such workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of specific grades, ability levels, interests, or special audiences. Workshop formats can include in-person or virtual events, virtual hackathons, presentation style, project-based and more. 

TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOPS (1 day, 2 day, full week) 


Workshops targeting teachers can include materials on computational thinking, data science, and coding that they can use in their classrooms. These may be specialized activities for particular curricular outcomes (e.g. data science in the humanities), or more broadly based. Funding for activities can include development of training materials for in-person or virtual events, bookings for covering substitute teacher costs, and more. Callysto experts can facilitate teacher training workshops. 

CONFERENCE DEMOS and PRESENTATIONS

Active demonstrations and presentations at local, provincial, or national teachers’ conventions, Professional Learning Days, and other educational conferences targeting the K-12 community can be an effective way to reach educators about new technology training tools. Funding for activities can include development of materials, bookings for covering substitute teacher costs, conference registrations fees and more.

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

Funding is available for projects that develop classroom curriculum materials and activities related to computational thinking, data science, and coding. In particular those featuring Callysto technology, for delivery in the classroom. Sample “notebooks” on the Callysto.ca website show how modern tools can be used for diverse topics in science, mathematics, humanities, and more. Our goal is to create additional content that can be delivered to a wide range of classrooms. 

CALLYSTO SOFTWARE TOOLS DEVELOPMENT

Funding is available to create software tools that extend the capabilities of the Callyso environment. We will support ideas that lead to the creation of open source software tools that facilitate the delivery of K-12 curriculum using the Callysto platform. 

ACTIVITIES WITH SMALL BUDGETS

Activities with budgets under $1,000 CAD (such as short workshops and demonstrations) can be proposed at any time via an email to the Callysto team (proposals@callysto.ca), and may be approved directly at the discretion of the Callysto leadership. 


OTHER ACTIVITIES 


Funding is not limited to the above categories. Innovative projects that touch on the delivery of training in computational thinking and coding for our target audience of teachers and students in K-12 will also be considered.

We look forward to seeing your proposals! Thanks for participating.

More about Callysto 

Callysto is a free, online program that helps Grades 5-12 students and teachers in Canada learn and apply in-demand data science skills including data analysis, visualization, coding, and computational thinking.The program is part of a two-year pilot project by Cybera and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. They received funding from the federal government’s CanCode program to build and employ new technologies that promote digital literacy, and help Canada’s youth develop the foundational skills required to become the future drivers of innovation.