Check out some of these Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related contests and competitions. (from ITEEA)
Trash Transformation Challenge from Tech Directions
Challenge your students to apply their creativity to invent something useful that incorporates one or more of these materials. Given a good supply of discarded CDs/DVDs, old toothbrushes, Popsicle sticks, and empty sewing thread spools, what might your students create?
Winners will receive a Tech Directions Inventors Award certificate, and their solutions will be published in the May 2013 issue of the magazine. The top three competitors will also receive a book or poster of their choice from Tech Directions Books & Media.
The deadline is January 31, 2013. Complete rules and submission information.
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Launches 2013 Program
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision, the world’s largest K-12 science and technology competition is now accepting entries for 2013. Students research scientific principles and current technologies as the basis for designing inventions that could exist in 20 years. As the program has evolved over the past two decades, it continues to encourage excellence and motivate students in STEM disciplines. Applications for this year’s competition are available online. The deadline is January 31, 2013.
The Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge 2013 is Now Open!
Calling all engineering, design, art, and architecture students and teachers across the globe: The 2013 Extreme Redesign contest is now accepting entries. We’re looking for CAD students worldwide to submit their most creative, useful, and innovative Extreme Redesigns. Whether it’s a new perspective on an everyday product or a fresh vision for a piece of art, animation, or architecture, Stratasys will award student scholarships based on the design’s creativity, usefulness, part integrity, and aesthetics. Learn more.
“Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge” Opens Call for Entries
As global environmental challenges increase, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education are looking to our country’s future leaders for innovative solutions. Since 2008, through the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, K-12 students have been asked to identify environmental problems or issues in their schools, communities, and across the globe and devise plans to solve them.
The Challenge, which kicked off October 1 with a call for entries, pairs student teams with advisors and asks them to tackle local (K-5), regional (6-8), and global (9-12) environmental problems or issues and find replicable green solutions. A panel of environmental experts and science educators judge teams based on their research, analysis, and the ability of the solution to be replicated on a larger scale.
The Challenge features over $300,000 in prizes, including scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, and adventure trips.
Learn more here. The deadline for all entries is March 5, 2013.
National MASTERMIND BrainTwister Challenge
In the first annual MASTERMIND BrainTwister Challenge, students will be challenged to come up with their own games, puzzles, and riddles for the MASTERMIND BrainTwister Challenge. Children ages 7 through 12 are eligible and can enter online. Deadline December 31, 2012.
SpaceTech Engineering Design Challenge
Challenge: Design a Thermal Control System for a space station in lunar orbit.
NASA is planning to study the concept of placing a Space Station in Low Lunar Orbit (LLO). LLO is a challenging thermal environment and, as such, the Thermal Control System (TCS) design is complicated. There are a number of thermal control system design challenges associated with this particular mission. Learn more.
Call for Entries for 2012 Digital Media Teacher Innovator Awards
PBS LearningMedia and The Henry Ford are sponsoring the third annual Teacher Innovator Awards, recognizing PreK-12 educators using media in new and unique ways to enhance students’ learning.
Teachers can apply for the Teacher Innovator Awards by submitting a video up to three minutes in length or a written essay, up to three pages with images. Thirty educators in total will receive prizes for their outstanding work, with the top ten winners receiving a professional development prize package for a week-long, all-expense-paid “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, and a PBS TeacherLine course. The deadline to apply for the awards is December 12, 2012. Learn more.