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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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Vernier Contest

Vernier engineering contest bridge buildingMiddle and high school STEM teachers can win up to $5,500 in cash, technology, and funds to cover the cost of attending either the 2017 ASEE or NSTA annual conference in Vernier Software & Technology’s engineering contest. Apply by February 15, 2017.

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Stipends for STEM Advisers

White House Science Fair 2015Science competitions can pave the path toward STEM degrees and careers. But low-income students often face barriers to participation.The nonprofit Society for Science & the Public, which runs the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, is launching a pilot program to recruit and pay teachers and counselors to coach students through the process.

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Dupont Science Essay Competition

2013 Dupont Challenge winnersThe DuPont Challenge is an essay competition for students in grades 7-12 that runs through January 31, 2014. It focuses on scientific and technological developments that create solutions to pressing global challenges, such as feeding the world or protecting the environment. Students and their sponsoring teachers can win more than $100,000 in awards, including a trip to Disney World and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

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Contest: Shell Eco-marathon

shell carsShell Eco-marathon is a global challenge that motivates students to drive farther than their peers on one gallon of fuel. Student teams participate in one or both of the Prototype and UrbanConcept classes. The Prototype class invites student teams to enter futuristic streamlined vehicles focused on maximizing fuel efficiency through innovative design elements, such as drag reduction.

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Contest: National Science Bowl

dept energy logoThe 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.

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Contest: Potato Chip Challenge

chip challengeThe Potato Chip Challenge from Wondergy is a nationwide K-12 engineering challenge that has students designing a package to protect a potato chip being sent through the mail. In order to win, the crunchy snack food must arrive at its destination intact and undamaged.

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Contest: eCYBERMISSION

ecybermissionRegistration is now open for eCYBERMISSION, the U.S. Army’s free, web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6 to 9. Now in its 10th year, the competition seeks to foster student innovation, creativity, and interest in studying and pursuing STEM fields. Winners can get up to $8,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds. Registration for teams closes December 16, 2011.

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