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Competition: Conceptualize Space Exploration. Deadline: Oct. 13, 2010

257849main_S74-17456_full-3Students ages 10–17 years old are invited to participate in the International Youth Art Competition to express their ideas about the future of human space exploration through visual, literary, musical, or digital art. Winners will receive a certificate of achievement, other prizes, and an invitation to attend the International Academy of Astronautics Humans in Space Symposium in April 2011.The best art will be displayed in an online gallery and on-site at the Symposium, where current human space exploration leaders, including astronauts and scientists, will hear what the young winners have to say. Submission Deadline: October 13, 2010.

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Competition: MIT’s Ocean Science Bowl

Blue LobsterFor over 13 years, the Blue Lobster Bowl has been testing Massachusetts high school students in marine sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics, geology, maritime history, and ocean engineering. Each year approximately 2,000 students from 300 schools across the nation compete in their regional tournament. Winners of regional competitions are invited to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

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Video Contest: Build a Better World


Scientific American’s World Changing Ideas Video contest solicits 2-5 minute videoes about innovative ways to build a cleaner, healthier, safer world. Deadline: September 15, 2010. Participants must be 18 or older.

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Contest: X-Prize Oil-spill cleanup

Workers Burn Off Some Gulf Oil Spill PetroleumThe latest X-Prize Foundation multimillion-dollar engineering and invention contest will tackle the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, with entrants proposing solutions to shorelines and open water sullied by oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which has been gushing since April 20, 2010.

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High School Inventors Shine at NASA Summit

A Space Granola Bar is Among The Winning InnovationsA recent event for high school inventors from across America at NASA’s Ames Research Center was not your average science fair. The 2010 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award Summit handed out top prizes of $5,000 in grant money to winners of four categories — aerospace, renewable energy, green building and space nutrition — while finalists received $1,000. Students also got to talk to potential investors.

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Contest: Young Scientist Challenge. Grades 5-8.

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is a national science competition for students in grades 5 through 8, encouraging the exploration of science and innovation among America’s youth and promoting the importance of science communication. Students are challenged to create a one- to two-minute video that demonstrates their understanding of a scientific concept.

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Event: Intel Science Finalists Display, Wash., DC. March 14, 2010

viewEveryone is invited to join the forty 2010 Intel Science Talent Search finalists, who will display and present their research at the National Academy of Sciences, Sunday, March 14, 2010, 1 – 4 pm, at the Great Hall of the National Academy of Sciences, in Washington, D.C. The display is intended to be a motivating experience for students, their teachers, parents, and the public.

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