In this activity, teams of students in grades 5 to 7 learn about environmental, civil, and sanitation engineering by designing and building model landfills that hold the most garbage, minimize costs, and prevent trash and contaminated “rainwater” from polluting the nearby “city.” Teams test their landfills, and graph and compare designs for capacity, cost, and performance.
NASA is hosting an essay contest for students in grades 5 to 12 to help choose whether the next big mission to the outer solar system should go to Saturn’s moon, Titan, or to Jupiter’s moon, Europa. The deadline for submissions is February 28.
Mark National Engineers Week by participating in a local event or doing a fun engineering activity with your students. This year’s theme – Celebrate Awesome – the amazing things engineers, engineering students, and technicians do everyday to make the world a better place.
There’s a smartphone app for just about everything these days. What’s left to invent? Plenty. And U.S. middle and high school students could win $10,000 for their school by dreaming up the most compelling concept in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Submission deadline: January 18, 2013.
Do your students enjoy gaming? Harness their interest – and boost their STEM learning – with the Got Game design contest sponsored by STEMFuse.The competition is open to students in grades 5 – 12.
The 2013 EngineerGirl! Essay Contest from the National Academies & National Academy of Engineering focuses on the role of engineering in modern medicined. Contestants in three age categories compete for monetary prizes and recognition through writing essays on and researching the topic. Deadline: March 1, 2013.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science. High school and middle school students are quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy. Competing teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach.
The Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge invites middle school, high school, and college-level students worldwide to send the Stratasys 3D printing company their best redesigns. Along with cash prizes, the top 10 entries for each category will be printed on a Stratasys 3D Printer. Deadline: Feb. 6, 2013.
The USA Mathematical Talent Search is a free mathematics competition open to all U.S. middle and high school students. The first of three rounds of problems was just released, with responses (including written explanations of solutions) due October 22.