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CTE Makover Challenge

cardboard dinosaur at White House maker faireCould makerspaces transform career, technical, and vocational education? The U.S. Department of Education believes so and has launched a CTE Makeover Challenge to kick-start the process. Up to 10 schools could win $20,000 in cash and other awards to turn their makerspace designs into reality. Submissions due April 1, 2016.

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Star Trek Space Food Contest

International Space Shuttle astronaut Luca Parmitano juggling food packsCalling all Starfleet cadets! Star Trek and NASA want you to “boldly go where no one has gone before” and engineer the future of food in space by creating a digital 3-D model of a non-edible, food-related item for future astronauts living aboard the International Space Station.

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Google Science Fair 2016

Google Science Fair 2016The sixth annual Google Science Fair offers students between 13 and 18 a chance to compete for $100,000 in scholarships, a trip to the Galapagos, and a first-hand look at Virgin Galactic’s latest spacecraft – among other prizes. Projects are due May 18, 2016.

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A Shot Under Pressure

super soaker water gunTeams of high school students use their understanding of projectile physics and fluid dynamics to calculate the water pressure in squirt guns by measuring the range of the water jets. They create graphs to analyze how the predicted pressure relates to the number of times they pump the water gun before shooting.

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Greeting Card Assembly Line

making greeting cardsIn this collaborative math and art lesson, students in grades 4 through high school explore central ideas in industrial engineering – including productivity, efficiency, and quality – by designing their own assembly line and working together to mass produce greeting cards.

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Imagine Tomorrow! Contest

WSU Imagine Tomorrow! teamRegister by April 1, 2016 for Washington State University’s problem-solving competition that puts high school teams through a dozen different challenges, with up to $100,000 in cash prizes.

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Environmental Youth Leadership Council Forming

EarthEcho International logoAre you passionate about the environment and between the ages of 15 and 22? EarthEcho International, a nonprofit environmental education group founded by the grandchildren of legendary underwater explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, seeks 15 individuals to serve on its first Youth Leadership Council. Apply by December 31, 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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Build a Better Candy Bag

bag of candy cornIn this activity, students in grades 3 to 12 learn how design differences can affect the success of a final product by working in pairs to evaluate, design, and build a better candy bag. They must predict the volume and strength of their designs, test and redesign the bag based on its ability to hold weight, discuss findings, and share results.

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