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Dupont Science Essay Competition

2013 Dupont Challenge winnersThe DuPont Challenge is an essay competition for students in grades 7-12 that runs through January 31, 2014. It focuses on scientific and technological developments that create solutions to pressing global challenges, such as feeding the world or protecting the environment. Students and their sponsoring teachers can win more than $100,000 in awards, including a trip to Disney World and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

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Digest This!

multicolor pills Student teams in grades 6-8 reinforce their knowledge of the digestive system and explore the concepts of simulation and the engineering design process by developing a pill coating that can withstand the churning and acidic environment of the stomach. They test the coating’s durability using a clear soda to simulate gastric acid.

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2014 Verizon App Contest

phone app Middle and high school students can win up to $15,000 for their school by dreaming up the most compelling concept for an education, healthcare, or energy app in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Deadline for submission is December 17, 2013.

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Computer Science Education Week 2013

computer code screen Computing is all around us, from movies to manufacturing to marketing. But only a handful of Americans learn how computers work or can create software, websites, or applications. Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15, 2013) aims to change that equation. This year’s effort: an Hour of Code that organizers hope will engage 10 million students.

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Student’s Invention Could Prevent Concussions

BYU student invents smart foamBrigham Young University engineering student Jake Merrell has created a “smart foam” that could be placed inside the helmets of football players to measure the impact of hits to the head, and could help prevent concussions while players are int the game.

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Kavli Science-In-Fiction Contest

2014 Kavli Science in Fiction contestsThe Kavli “Science In Fiction” contest asks middle and high school students to create short videos explaining how current or developing technologies could turn interplanetary travel, cyborgs or other science fiction concepts into reality. Entry period runs from Nov. 1, 2013 to March 21, 2014.

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