Contests

SCIENCE

Name Description Requirements Deadline
AAPT PhysicsBowl Students take a 40-question, 45-minute timed, multiple-choice test under their school’s supervision. Exam questions are based on topics and concepts covered in a typical high school physics course. Division I is for first-year physics students and Division II is for second-year physics students. Students cannot register for the exam. A faculty member from the host site must register for students to take the exam. Register by March 3, 2014
President’s Environmental
Youth Awards
The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Individual students, school classes (K-12), summer camps, and youth organizations develop projects to promote environmental stewardship. Open to students who are kindergarden through 12th grade, legal U.S. citizens and have their project sponsored by at least one adult. There is both a certificate program (1) and a regional award program (2). (1) Ongoing (2) Dec. 31
AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest This contest provides teachers and students an opportunity to learn about the physics behind natural and contrived situations by creating visual and written illustrations of various physical concepts. The contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12 (or equivalent international grade level). Register March 1-May 15, 2014
Dupont Challenge Science Essay Competition Students write a 700-1,000 word essay discussing a scientific discovery, theory, event, or technological application that has captured their interest. Applicants must be in middle or high school, attend public, private, or home schools in the U.S., Canada, or their territories, or be enrolled in a Department of Defense school. TBA for 2015 contest
Science Olympiad Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers through tournaments and events. Students must be in grades 3-12 and enrolled full time at a member school. Categories and division requirements differ. Varies based on site
Intel Science Talent Search The Intel Science Talent Search, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Applicants must be in 12th grade and conducting research independently. A transcript and recommendations must accompany the application to be entered into the contest. November 12, 2014
International Brain Bee The International Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for high school students. Its purpose is to motivate young men and women to learn about the human brain, and to inspire them to enter careers in the basic and clinical brain sciences. Competitors must currently be enrolled in a high school program – grades 9 through 12. No student is allowed to participate in more than one Local Brain Bee each school year. Email Norbert Myslinski at nmyslinski@umaryland.edu to register for the 2014 event. Brain Bee is August 7-10
Chemistry Olympiad The Chemistry Olympiad is a multi-tiered competition designed to stimulate and promote achievement in high school chemistry. The local and U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad competitions are sponsored by the American Chemical Society. Open to high school students but teachers (school) or parents (home school) must register the student for the competition. Email Evan Millam at emillam@usi.edu to register. No deadline
Team America Rocketry Challenge Students must design, build, and fly a one-stage model rocket carrying two raw eggs to an altitude of exactly 800 feet while staying airborne for 43-47 seconds and returning the eggs uncracked. After completing local qualification flights, the top 100 U.S.-based teams are invited to a national fly-off. Team members must be students who are currently enrolled in grades 7-12 in a U.S. school or home school. No more than five teams may be entered by any sponsoring organization. The application for a team must come from a single school or a single U.S. incorporated non-profit youth or educational organization. November 30, 2013
Christopher Columbus Awards The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based STEM program for middle school students. Students work in teams of three to four, with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem. Open to all students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. February 3, 2014

TECHNOLOGY

Name Description Requirements Deadline
Student Ideas for a Better America Enter any idea for a new way to demonstrate an educational concept, an idea for a new product, or an improvement for an existing product or procedure. Applicants must be Pre-K through college and fill out an application. Ongoing
USA Computing Olympiad The USACO holds six web-based contests and training pages during the academic year, and in the late spring conducts the US Open, a proctored exam, to determine the top 16 participants. There are three competition divisions for different levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold) of programing experience. Participants must be enrolled in a high school or junior high/middle school for at least one semester in the school year before the competition. Competitors must either be a U.S. citizen or a resident of the U.S. during the first half of the school year. February 7-11, 2014
AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest This contest provides teachers and students an opportunity to learn about the physics behind natural and contrived situations by creating visual and written illustrations of various physical concepts. The contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12 (or equivalent international grade level). March 1-May 15
Bucks for Bright Ideas Bucks for Bright Ideas is a publicly funded program that encourages residents in the Central region of Kentucky to move forward with their “bright ideas.” Applicants must live in one of 27 counties listed on the website and fill out an application. April 23, 2014
Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest TCFFHRC advances robot technology and knowledge by using robotics as an educational tool. A winning robot must respond to a fire alarm, discover the blaze, and extinguish it in the shortest possible time. Anyone may enter a robot in the junior or senior divisions and there’s no limit on team size. TBA for 2015
International Schools CyberFair Students conduct research and publish their findings on the Web. This program encourages students to become community ambassadors by working collaboratively and using technology to share what they have learned. Each school or organization can enter a maximum of one project for each of the eight categories. Now open
Rubber Band Contest This contest is designed to encourage students in grades 5-8 to
demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporates the use of rubber bands.
Applicants must be in grades 5-8 and must submit entry form, sketch of invention, essay and photos. March 24, 2014
Reel Math Challenge The Reel Math Challenge will have teams of four students select one of 270 problems included in the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook and make a video teaching the problem using a real-world application of the math concept on which the selected problems is based. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full time student in grades 6 through 8 (or equivalent) at a public, private, home, or U.S. State/Defense department school. Register now for 2014
National STEM Video Game Challenge A multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games. Applicants must be in grades 5-12. There are middle school and high school divisions. TBA for 2014
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision  Students work in groups of 2-4 to simulate research and development. Teachers guide students as they study a technology of interest and predict what that technology might be like 20 years from now. Entrants must be United States or Canadian citizens or legal residents, living within the United States, U.S. Territories, or Canada. Applicants must also be full-time students in grades K-12, currently enrolled and attending a public, private or home school. Info coming summer 2014
Christopher Columbus Awards The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based STEM program for middle school students. Students work in teams of three to four, with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem. Open to all students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. February 3, 2014

ENGINEERING

Name Description Requirements Deadline
Best Robotics Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST) is a nonprofit, volunteer based organization that excites, engages, and inspires students to participate in a sports-like science and engineering based robotics competition. No cost competition. Any school may participate and qualify in local and regional, then qualify to advance to national competition. Varies based on city
Botball Robotics Students design, build, and program a pair of autonomous robots for regional and international competitions. Participants must pay their own expenses related to building the robots. Middle or high school student interested in robotics. Fall registration, actual date varies
Future City Competition The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Research essay, designing the city, narrative of city, building the model city, and team presentation are all required components. Open to students grades 6-8 from the same organization or from a home school enviroment. December-January based on location
Team America Rocketry Challenge Students must design, build, and fly a one-stage model rocket carrying two raw eggs to an altitude of exactly 800 feet while staying airborne for exactly 43-47 seconds and returning the eggs uncracked. After completing local qualification flights, the top 100 U.S.-based teams are invited to a national fly-off. Team members must be students who are currently enrolled in grades 7-12 in a U.S. school or home school. No more than five teams may be entered by any sponsoring organization. The application for a team must come from a single school or a single U.S. incorporated non-profit youth or educational organization. November 30, 2013
Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest TCFFHRC advances robot technology and knowledge by using robotics as an educational tool. A winning robot must respond to a fire alarm, discover the blaze, and extinguish it in the shortest possible time. Anyone may enter a robot in the junior or senior divisions and there’s no limit on team size. TBA for 2014
Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science and engineering competition allowing students to showcase their independent research in a competition format. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12. Affiliate fairs ongoing in Kentucky
Christopher Columbus Awards The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based STEM program for middle school students. Students work in teams of three to four, with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem. Open to all students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. February 3, 2014

MATH

Name Description Requirements Deadline
Noetic Learning Math Contest The Noetic Learning Math Contest is a biannual math challenge for elementary students. The goal of the competition is to encourage young students’ interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math. During the contest, students are given 45 minutes to solve 20 problems that can cover a broad range of mathematics skills taught in school, including: computation and number properties, pattern and algebra, geometry and measurement, and probability and statistics. Students must be grades 2-6. Register by March 28, 2014. Contest is April 10, 2014.
Perennial Math Two types of competition: an annual membership competition for grades 3-8 with separate levels (Rookie: grades 3-4), (Intermediate: grades 5-6), and (Advanced: grades 7-8). A team can register up to 30 students, or students may register individually if their school is not participating. The competition consists of 4 monthly tests beginning in November and ending in February. The second type is virtual tournaments. These occur each month and are in a video conferencing format. Students must be grades 3-8. November-February
Academic Games League of America National Tournament AGLOA is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing “Thinking Kids” of character, excellence, and integrity. AGLOA provides a series of competitions for students to compete in the subjects of language arts, english, history and math. Open to students enrolled in United States schools in grades 4-12. Member leagues in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, West Virgina, North Carolina, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Varies
American Mathematics Competition Identifying, recognizing, and rewarding excellence in mathematics through a series of national contests, AMC strives to increases interest in mathematics and develop problem solving through competition. AMC contests are intended for every student, regardless of their background in math. Participants must meet the age/grade restrictions for each AMC test, then score highly to advance. Varies based on test
American Regions Mathematics League Competition ARML is the World Series of mathematics competitions. The competition consists of several events, which include a team, power question, individual, relay, and a super relay round. Most questions are designed for high school level competition. Each team has 15 students in 12th grade or lower (18 years or younger) and 2 coaches. Competition is May 30-31
Continental Mathematics League Meet based competition of categories that takes place during school hours on designated dates. Students will be competing and participating with other students on the same grade level from schools all over the U.S. Designed for students in grades 2-9 and AP sections. Divisions include: Calculus for AP students, Pythagorean or Euclidean for grades 4-9, and elementary for grades 2 and 3. Varies but meets held Feb. 7 and March 14.
Mandelbrot Competition Two competition formats: individual and team, both of which take place within the school. The range of questions and topics is designed to engage students with only a modest background in problem solving while still stretching the best students in the country. Competition is limited to students who have not yet graduated from high school. Team play participation is only available to schools or groups already registered for the Mandelbrot Competition. Varies
MATHCOUNTS The MATHCOUNTS Competition is a national middle school mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. Local, regional, and national levels of competition. Public, private, religious, and home schools alike are eligible to participate, as long as students are in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. Local and regional competitions occur in February
Reel Math Challenge The Reel Math Challenge will have teams of four students select one of 270 problems included in the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook and make a video teaching the problem using a real-world application of the math concept on which the selected problems is based. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full time student in grades 6 through 8 (or equivalent) at a public, private, home, or U.S. State/Defense department school. Register now for 2014
Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools Five monthly contests provide an incentive for students to intensify their study of math. The number of contests reinforces learning to think mathematically for all students. There can be multiple teams in Division M (grades 6-8) and Division E (grades 4-6). Teams of up to 35 full-time students in grades 4-8 from the same school. Contests are open to schools, home schools, and institutes. Varies but monthly contests are November-March
USA Mathematical Talent Search USAMTS allows students a minimum of a month to work out their solution to problems to compete for prizes. Carefully written justifications are required for each problem. The problems range in difficulty from being within the reach of most high school students to challenging the best students in the nation. Middle and high school citizens or residents of the U.S. that have not completed high school. Registration is free and a permission form is required for participants under age 13. Ongoing
Christopher Columbus Awards The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based STEM program for middle school students. Students work in teams of three to four, with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem. Open to all students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. February 3, 2014

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