Bright Schools Competition How Much Sleep Do Teens Really Need? Engage Students Grades 6-8 in a FREE STEM Competition About the Link Between Light and Sleep to Find Out!

This web seminar took place on January 4, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenter was Sarah Beistel, Program Manager for the Bright Schools Competition at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Program Abstract

Discover how the Bright Schools Competition provides a rich and unique opportunity for students in grades 6-8 to participate in a positive and enduring STEM experience through a hands-on exploration designed especially for middle school students. The goal of the Bright Schools program is to create a learning experience that will help students, parents and teachers better understand the link among light, sleep, and student health and performance. Students will select a topic related to light and sleep and select one of three exploration options (developing a prototype, creating an awareness campaign or writing a research proposal) to create an original project.

The National Sleep Foundation and NSTA have developed lesson plans that provide the scientific content needed to help students understand and successfully participate in the competition. Through the Bright Schools Competition, teachers can encourage young minds to become future problem solvers while meeting NGSS standards. There are cash prizes for national winners up to $5,000 for each student and professional development packages (with travel up to $3,000 value) for teachers. Learn more by visiting the website at

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My Profile area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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Bright Schools Competition Underwritten by the Bright Schools Competition and the National Sleep Foundation