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Bring technology and creativity into your high school geography classes by incorporating the World of 7 Billion video contest into your syllabi. Challenge your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population at seven billion and one of the following: climate change, global poverty, or water sustainability. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 21, 2014. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at Worldof7Billion.org.
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A contest with a deadline on October 18, 2013 is the Earth Science Week Essay Contest. It is fairly easy to enter and the essay is short (300 words). This is a yearly competition with a different theme each year.
For later in the year:
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies sponsors a number of yearly contests for students grade 2 and upwards. Grades 2-4 participate in an art project, from grades 5-8 in an Earth Day Photo contest, and grades 9-12 in a research contest on a project using remote sensing.
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You can find out about a variety of contests featured at Discovery Education.
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Woww... thanks for sharing!
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Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) Mission 6 to the International Space Station
by Tom Ervin
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announce a new opportunity for school districts across the U.S. and internationally to participate in the eighth flight opportunity of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP).
SSEP Mission 6 to ISS will provide each participating community a real research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to ISS in Fall 2014, and return it safely to Earth for harvesting and analysis. Mirroring how professional research is done, student teams across the community submit research proposals, and go through a formal proposal review process to select the flight experiment. The design competition–from program start, to experiment design, to submission of proposals by student teams–spans 9 weeks from February 24 to April 28, 2014. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experiment design. Additional SSEP program elements leverage the experience to engage the entire community, embracing a Learning Community Model for STEM education.
SSEP is open to U.S. schools and school districts serving grade 5 through 12 students, 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, informal science education organizations, and internationally through the Center’s Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education. SSEP is not designed for an individual class or a small number of students.
SSEP Mission 6 to ISS includes an experiment design competition February 24 through April 28, 2014. Flight experiments are selected by May 29, 2014, for a ferry flight to ISS in Fall 2014. All communities interested in participating in Mission 6 to ISS are directed to inquire no later than October 31, 2013.
For information on the Mission 6 to ISS flight opportunity, please visit necesse.org.
CYBERMISSION is a free, online collaborative learning competition for students in grades six through nine offered by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). Sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by NSTA, eCYBERMISSION is one of several science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The competition challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and use the scientific practices or the engineering design process to find a solution. Students compete for state, regional and national awards, with potential winning of up to $8,000 (maturity value) in U.S. savings bonds.
Registration for the competition is now open. Students registered by November 1st will receive a Free STEM Research Kit. All registered teachers will receive an eCYBERMISSION Starter Kit, which includes lessons, resources and tools available to introduce the competition in the classroom. To learn more about the eCYBERMISSION program and to register, click here or via email at: ecybermission. firstname.lastname@example.org
America’s Home Energy Education Challenge (AHEEC) is a national student competition, created to help families save money by saving energy at home. AHEEC engages students in elementary and middle schools to make smarter energy choices that reduce U.S. reliance on fossil fuels and put money back in their parents pockets. This initiative aims to educate America's youth about the benefits of energy efficiency, motivate students to play a more active role in how their families use energy, and help families across the country reduce their energy bills. Participating schools and organizations compete for more than $50,000 in prizes that will be distributed at the regional and national levels of the competition.
Official registration for the Challenge ends November 15, 2013. To register to join America's Home Energy Education Challenge or to find more information about the competition click here.
This contest challenges kids to use cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination to Hubble things. This program was started by a nine year old boy who built an arcade out of cardboard.
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