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.”
AFSA National High School Essay Contest
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.
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.