STEM Competitions?

Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:48 PM

Hi there!
I am looking for ways to get my students involved in various STEM competitions. Are there any ideas about trusted websites or organizations that encourage participation from other schools? How do you host STEM competitions within your community? Thank you... your insight is highly appreciated!

Anne Kirsten Fontanilla
Anne Kirsten Fontanilla
610 Activity Points

Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:12 PM

Hi Anne, Your school is not participating Science Olympiad Competition? I think it is also a good STEM competition.

Snigdha Roy
Snigdha Roy
530 Activity Points

Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:12 PM


Good for you! You are embarking on an exciting and memorable journey with your students!

Depending on the ages of your students, there are dozens of STEM competitions that are fantastic to use in the classroom. Because I teach in a rural area,  my secondary students don't have a lot of STEM opportunities so I have incorporated many of these competitions into my classes and after school STEM club. I selected these competitions to get students excited, actively engaged with their peers at a higher level, give them more confidence, provide experiences to hone their skills, and improve their college scholarship applications and opportunities. Here's a list of some of my favorites with links:

  • 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge  (Khan Academy) due October 1st.

  • Earth Science Week Contests  (Video or Photography) due Friday, October 13.

  • NSTA/Toshiba Exploravision- February 8th  

  • NASA Goddard Optimus Prime Spin-Off Kicks off in October. New middle school component this year!

  • Future Engineers - New challenge just launched in September 2017: Two for the Crew!

  • BioEnergizeME Registration begins in September.

  • EngineerGirl Essay-Topic posted in the fall, due in February.

  • International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)- Start now! Projects due by February 10th.

  • eCybermission- due February 28, 2018, Grades 6-9

  • USU/INL Lagoon Physics Day- May 12th ( We have an amusement park - 3 hours away- that hosts a physics day with competitions. Even if you didn't have this option, these are great STEM activity ideas to do in class!)

  • Two other awesome research opportunities that you have to apply for, but as the teacher, get to be an integral part of are:

    Once again, my list is mainly focused on 6-12, but I know Lego Mindstorm is great for elementary and there are many other elementary competitions out there too. It's also fun to host a community night or invite younger grades to come view the competition pieces and let the students share their work.  Let me know if you have any other questions and I'd be happy to discuss more! Good luck!

    Debbie Morgan
    Debbie Morgan
    700 Activity Points

    Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:40 AM

    Thank you for sharing these information. We missed some of the deadlines but looking forward to the other ones like Exploravision. I think our school might be able to participate in that one. If you see other opportunities please send an update on this thread. I am continuously searching for other ways to get involved.

    Anne Kirsten Fontanilla
    Anne Kirsten Fontanilla
    610 Activity Points

    Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:19 PM

    Unfortunately, the Bioenergize Me competition will no longer be running. If anyone knows of a similar type of competition that creates an in-depth infographic around a science related topic, please share! That type of competition is perfect for STEAM students by adding the art component.


    Debbie Morgan
    Debbie Morgan
    700 Activity Points

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