Teacher Resources - Student Programs & Competitions
“Each of these programs have specific application due dates. Teachers should review the guidelines associated with each program to determine the timeline.”
GSFC 2013 HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
NASA OSSI/NIFS Online Application Website
Open from November 1, 2012-March 15, 2013
To apply to 2013 Goddard High School Summer Internship Opportunities visit NASA’s“One Stop Shopping Initiative Recruiting NASA Interns, Fellows, and Scholars” OSSI/NIFS https://intern.nasa.gov
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center High School Summer Intern Programs engage interns in applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a research-focused work environment at Goddard. Student interns learn and apply research protocols and processes related to Earth & space-systems science, computer science, engineering, and technology. Goddard high school summer internships include, but are not limited to, the National Space Club Scholars Program (NSCSP) and mentor-funded opportunities.
For information about the National Space Club Scholars Program and eligibility, visit http://www.spaceclub.org/programs/scholars.html To access the 2013 NASA OSSI/NIFS website and apply for available project positions, visit https://intern.nasa.gov
Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge
Only one month left to shape your planet and win big! The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K–12. Students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. At stake is more than $300,000 in scholarships and prizes. Encourage your students to change their world. Learn more here.
National STEM Video Game Challenge
Middle school (grades 5–8) and high school (grades 9–12) students can design games individually or in teams with a chance to win prizes like laptop computers and money for their schools or the nonprofit organization of their choice. The Challenge also has categories for College (undergraduate and graduate) students and Professional Educators. These categories offer a variety of entry streams that encourage designers to create original learning games with an opportunity to win funds, research support, the opportunity to work with industry experts, and publicity. For more information about the Challenge, visit the competition website.
AFSA National High School Essay Contest
For more information about AFSA's National High School Essay Contest, please contact Coordinator for Special Awards and Outreach Perri Green or 202-719-9700.
The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) has partnered with the Semester at Sea study abroad program and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton to present the National High School Essay Contest.
The DuPont Challenge© Science Essay Competition
The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition is a student competition that invites seventh through 12th grade students to write a 700 to 1,000-word essay about a scientific discovery, theory, event or technological application that has captured their interest. Developed in collaboration with The Walt Disney World Resort, NASA and NSTA, the competition offers young students the opportunity to explore science, develop new skills and gain confidence in communicating scientific ideas. Created to honor the Challenger astronauts, students can win savings bonds up to $5,000, and a trip to Walt Disney World and to the Kennedy Space Center .Teachers win too! Along with the trips with their students, teachers can also win $500 grants. To learn more about the competition, check out the website. Entries will be accepted from October 15 until January 31.
Siemens We Can Change the WorldChallenge
K-12 students have the opportunity to become “Agents of Change” as they team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their classroom, school and community. Student and teacher/mentor prizes, which vary according to grade level, include savings bonds, school grants, exciting trips, and much more. Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for entries is March 15, 2012 (finalists and winners will be announced in April 2012). For more information about the Challenge or to register for the competition, visit the website.
ExploraVision is a competition that encourages K-12students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore a vision of a future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. Teams of two to four students research scientific principles and current technologies as the basis for deigning innovative technologies that could exist in 20 years. Students compete for up to $240,000 in savings bonds for college and cool gifts from Toshiba. First- and second-place teams also receive an expenses-paid trip with their families, mentor and coach to Washington , D.C. for a gala awards weekend. In an ExploraVision first, the teachers who submit the largest number of qualified student projects this year will receive a Toshiba tablet PC. For more information about the program or to learn how to apply, visit the competition website.
Pennsylvania Specific Programs and Competitions
Interested in Science Fairs in Pennsylvania? Please contact the appropriate person for your region.
Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair
Mr. Timothy Ritter
web site: http://www.whitakercenter.org/CASEF.html
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
225 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Coverage Area: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill including Northern York School District and Red Land High School in the West Shore School District of York County
Fair Dates: March 6-9, 2013
Delaware Valley Science Fairs, Inc.
Mr. Henry Disston
web site: http://www.dvsf.org
236 Randell Hall
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Coverage Area: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Lehigh, and Northampton
Fair Dates: April2-4, 2013
North Museum Science and Engineering Fair
Mr. Jim Ringlein
web site: http://www.northmuseum.org/ScienceFair/tabid/221/Default. aspx
North Museum of Natural History and Science
400 College Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17603
Coverage Area: Lancaster County including Elizabethtown, Mount Joy and Columbia
Fair Dates: Contact Jim Ringlein as dates are pending
Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Mrs. Lisa Kosick
web site: http://pittsburghsciencefair.org
Carnegie Science Center
One Allegheny Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Coverage Area: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Union, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland
Fair Dates: April 5-6, 2013
Reading and Berks Science and Engineering Fair
Mr. Mike Gerhart
web site: http://www.resef.org
130 S. Robeson St.
Robesonia, PA 19551
Coverage Area: Berks County
Fair Dates: March 11-14, 2013
York County Science and Engineering Fair
Mr. Ben Smith
web site: http://ycsef.org/YCSEF?Home.html
Red Lion Area High School
200 Horace Mann Ave.
Red Lion, PA 17356
Coverage Area: York County except Northern York School District and Red Land High School
Fair Dates: March 2-7, 2013
National Programs and Competitions
DuPont Challenge© Science Essay Competition
DuPont Challenge© Science Essay Competition gets students writing about science! Students in seventh through 12th grade research and write a 700 to 1,000-word essay about a scientific discovery, theory, event or technological application that has captured their interest. Created to honor the Challenger astronauts, students can win savings bonds up to $5,000, and a trip to Walt Disney World and to the Kennedy Space Center. Teachers win too! Along with the trips with their students, teachers can also win $500 grants. Students have the opportunity to be inspired, to be creative, and to tell a story in this essay about any scientific topic. Teachers can use this competition to motivate students to reach beyond themselves and push the limits! To learn more about the competition, check out the website at http://thechallenge.dupont.com. Entries will be accepted from.
Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge
K-8 students have the opportunity to become “Agents of Change” as they team up with their classmates to create replicable solutions to environmental issues in their classroom, school and community. Student and teacher/mentor prizes, which vary according to grade level, include savings bonds, school grants, exciting trips, TV appearances and much more. Applications are now being accepted. For more information about the Challenge or to register for the competition, visit http://www.wecanchange.com.
Spirit of Innovation Awards
Sponsored by the Conrad Foundation, the Spirit of Innovation Awards is an annual competition that challenges teams of high school students to create innovative products for use in one of four categories: aerospace exploration, space nutrition, renewable energy and green schools. Teams and their coaches will compete for more than $100,000 in cash prizes; the opportunity to be designated as Pete Conrad Scholars and have the opportunity to commercialize their products for general market use; and annual memberships to the Conrad Foundation, Sigma Xi, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the National Science Teachers Association—the Foundation’s official education advisor. For more information about the program, visit http://www.conradawards.com.
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program
ExploraVision is a competition that makes science fun and exciting for students and gives educators an innovative way to present science topics in the classroom. This competition encourages K-12 students of any interest and ability levels to imagine a future technology using present day predicaments. Students can win up to $10,000 in savings bonds for college and cool gifts from Toshiba. Applications are now being accepted. For more information about the program or to learn how to apply, visit www.exploravision.org.
Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers
The Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program, one of the largest science teacher grant programs in the nation, and is now accepting entries for the 2009-2010 competition. Now in its 20th year, the program offers grants up to $10,000 to K-12 science teachers for innovative projects that enhance science education in their school and/or school district over a one-year period. For more information about the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program or to learn how to apply, visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/tapestry.