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Callysto is now accepting proposals

If you teach Grades 5-12 students in Canada, Callysto wants to help fund your classroom activities related to computational thinking, data literacy, 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 literacy, analysis, visualization, coding, and computational thinking — across any subject matter.

This is Callysto’s fifth Call for Proposals — the theme for this Call for Proposals is Developing Responsible Digital Citizens. Read about our past recipients for proposal ideas and inspiration.

Applications will be accepted as part of a rolling intake until 4:00 pm Mountain Time on October 14, 2022, for activities occurring between September 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023.

  • Selected applicants will be notified within 2 - 3 weeks of submission.
  • All funded activities must be completed by March 31, 2022.
  • The maximum total award amount per project is $15,000 CAD. Funding is provided as reimbursement only. For example, we can’t provide project costs upfront.
  • Applicants are welcome to send questions to the Callysto team in advance of the deadline, at proposals@callysto.ca.

Submit your proposal in three steps:

  1. Review the assessment criteria to ensure your activity is eligible.
  2. Read the “Eligible Activity Types” (below) to help you brainstorm.
  3. Submit your proposal by 4:00 pm Mountain Time on October 14, 2022, 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 to cover substitute teacher costs, and more. Callysto experts can also help to facilitate teacher training workshops.

CONFERENCE DEMOS & 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 these activities can include development of materials, bookings to cover substitute teacher costs, conference registrations fees, and more.

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

Funding is available for projects that develop classroom curriculum materials and activities, such as lesson plans related to computational thinking, data literacy, and coding. Preference will be given to projects that feature Callysto technology. 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 data literacy 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 strengthen their data literacy, data science, and computational thinking skills in the classroom, across any subject matter. Callysto is a joint project by Cybera and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences and is funded by 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.

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