The 2014 EngineerGirl! Essay Contest from the National Academies & National Academy of Engineering focuses on 50 Years of Engineering in Society and how engineering might change life in the next five decades. Students in three age categories – elementary, middle, and high school – compete for monetary prizes and recognition through research and writing essays on one of several topics. Deadline: March 1, 2014.
The 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
ExploraVision is a K-12 science competition that focuses on what it takes to bring ideas to reality. Student teams envision what a current technology might look like in 20 years and describe the development steps, pros and cons, and obstacles. Sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Toshiba, this year’s contest is linked to the Next Generation Science Standards.
Open to high school and college students nationwide, the AbilityOne Design Challenge is a competition to develop assistive technologies that empower people with disabilities to break through barriers to employment. Top designs can win up to $10,000 for schools and teams. Register by November 29, 2013 (high school students) with late registration up to Jan 17, 2014. College students and teams must sign up by February 28, 2014, with an April 11, 2014 deadline for late registration.
Girls may excel at science and math, but the percentage of female STEM academics and professionals remains stubbornly low. Greenwich Academy in Connecticut hopes to close that gender gap by harnessing the power of social media to connect young women from member schools with alumnae who can serve as mentors and role models.
Are you the next Jane Foster? Marvel Comics has launched a contest to inspire more girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math like the fearless physician in the new Thor movie – and winners get to attend the Hollywood premiere.