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Generation Nano Superhero Challenge

NSF Generation Nano graphicSpider-Man’s creator, Stan Lee, finds inspiration in STEM. And he hopes students in grades 6 to 12 will, too, by dreaming up comics or short videos in the National Science Foundation’s Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science competition. Top entries can win up to $1,500 in scholarships, with $500 stipends for teachers. Enter by January 8, 2018.

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Wearable Device Challenge

hand with wearable tech graphicMiddle and high school students follow the engineering design process to create wearable devices to monitor the health of humans, animals, or both in this competition sponsored by North Carolina State University’s Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST). The program includes teacher training and lesson plans to help implement the design challenge. Register teams by Feb. 15, 2018.,/b>

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EngineerGirl Essay Contest 2018

EngineerGirl 2018 essay contest logo“Engineering for your Community” is the theme of the National Academy of Engineering’s 2018 EngineerGirl! Essay Contest. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 12 can win up to $500 for writing pleas to persuade local or national officials to improve such infrastructure such as roads, trash collection, and the 9-1-1 emergency response system.

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ASEE’s Inclusive Engineering Media Contest

ASEE inclusive Prek12 engineering contestASEE’s Pre-College Engineering Education Division is sponsoring a social media contest. Share how you engage diverse students in inclusive engineering and compete to win a $1,000 travel award to attend ASEE’s Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, June 24 – June 28, 2017. Submit entries by May 1, 2017.

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Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge

kids building in parkAfter-school and other informal activities can inspire students to pursue STEM. That’s the impetus for a new challenge launched by the Overdeck Family Foundation and Simons Foundation that invites teachers to submit ideas for creative, hands-on STEM projects that can be done outside of school. Submit ideas by April 30, 2017.

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K-12 Statistics Poster Contest

American Statistical Association poster contestThe American Statistical Association hosts an annual poster competition for K-12 students to showcase their ability to apply and display data. Winners will receive up to $300 and Texas Instrument calculators. Submit by April 1, 2017.

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STEM Voice Video Contest 2017

STEM Voice contestThe STEM Voice™ Video Competition asks kids in grades 5-12 to create short videos that show the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math. They can act in it, create an animation, sing – the video just has to be appropriate for all viewers. Winners can receive up to $700 in cash awards. Apply by May 22, 2017.

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Young Scientist Video Contest

3M Young Scientist ChallengeThe Young Scientist Challenge invites students in grades 5 to 8 to create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovating solution to solve an everyday problem. The top prize winner will receive $25,000 and opportunity to tape a Discovery show. Apply by April 19, 2017.

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NSTA Exploravision Contest 2017

Exploravision 2017 studentsWorking with a teacher, teams of up to 4 students pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros and cons, and obstacles. Submissions are due February 6, 2017.

Sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Toshiba, this year’s contest is linked to the Next Generation Science Standards. More than 350,000 students in the United States and Canada have participated in ExploraVision since its 1992 debut.

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