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Energy Literacy Videos

Energy Literacy From weather patterns and food supplies to society’s daily electricity needs, energy drives everything. The U.S. Department of Energy’s new energy literacy video series highlights the seven principles that demonstrate energy’s role across the natural and social sciences, and is part of a broader set of education resources, lessons, and activities maintained by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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eCybermission 2015

eybermission 2012 finalistsAlternative energy, forces and motion, the environment, and robotics are some of the areas students in grades 6 to 9 can explore in the 2015 eCYBERMISSION. This free, web-based STEM competition is sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, the contest draws thousands of participants each year and has awarded some $10 million in EE U.S. Savings Bonds. Registration closes December 17, 2015.

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STEM All-Stars

STEM All Stars trading cardsTo mark the 25th anniversary of its student essay contest, DuPont created a series of downloadable STEM all-star trading cards. Use them to inspire your writers to participate in this year’s DuPont Challenge. Deadline is January 31, 2016.

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Summer STEM Research for Students

SEAP student apprenticesThe American Society for Engineering Education administers two paid summer research programs for students in U.S. Navy laboratories: The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) for high school students, and the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) for college and graduate school students. Deadline for applications, transcripts, and recommendation letters is October 23, 2015.

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Hack The Martian Contest & Resources

Mars hopper artist renditionHack him back! Why just watch The Martian when you can participate in a design contest (and possibly win $25,000) to help marooned astronaut Mark Watney, track his progress on interactive maps, or download free activities to incorporate space science and engineering in your classroom?

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Allen Distinguished Educators Award

Allen Distinguished Educator award logoThe Allen Distinguished Educators award program recognizes innovative K-12 teachers who “break the mold” and help students become thinkers, makers, and creators through computer science, engineering, and entrepreneurship. Applications for the $25,000 award are due November 1, 2015.

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Ripening Fruit in Space

spaceship shaped like appleIn this NASA activity, students in grades 1-8 learn about the challenges of space nutrition and designing food packaging by observing, measuring, comparing, and contrasting the ripening of fruits and vegetables when exposed to air and the effect of chemical treatments to inhibit ripening.

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Earth Science Week Contests

AGI Earth Science Week 2013 winning photoTo celebrate Earth Science Week, the American Geosciences Institute is hosting a photography contest for people of all ages, a visual arts contest for elementary students, and an essay contest for students in grades 6 to 9. Deadline for submission is Friday, October 16, 2015.

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Sony’s Great Global Math Challenge

head for mathHelp your students discover their heads for math with engaging brainteasers and numerical puzzles. Sign them up for Sony’s Global Math Challenge on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

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