Aspirations in Computing,The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), is a coalition of more than 300 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in technology and computing.
Broadcom MASTERS® (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering as Rising Stars), is a program of Society for Science & the Public. It conducts a middle school science and engineering fair competition offering a $25,000 top award.
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition free for students in grades 6-9 offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP).
FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition run by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). It challenges teams of 25 students (grades 9-12) or more to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.
Game-a-thon Open to K-12 students nationwide, the Game-a-thon challenges students to design, build and share a game that features creative and unusual solutions to mathematical problems. Teams of one or more students, along with a teacher or parent in a coordinator role, can invent card games, board games, apps, outdoor games or anything else that addresses a mathematical topic ranging from counting to irrational numbers to measurement to modeling.
Junior FIRST® LEGO® League, (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has Teams (grades 4-8), build LEGO-based robots and develop research projects to develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning that they can make a positive contribution to society. For children ages 6-9, JuniorFIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) captures young children's curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult Coaches, teams use LEGO® bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey.
FFA Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. It is held each year during the National FFA Convention. The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA Mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education
Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.
Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF), provides an annual forum for approximately 1,700 high school students from more than 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for more than $5 million annually.
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, jointly sponsored by the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force and administered by the National Science Teaching Association, the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is a program that encourages students (grades 9-12) to do original research in STEM disciplines by competing for scholarships and recognition.
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam™ InvenTeams are granted up to $10,000 each to conceptualize, design and build technological solutions to real-world problems. Working prototypes of the solutions are showcased at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology each June at the Lemelson-MIT Program’s EurekaFest event. come.
MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national coaching, enrichment and competition program that challenges students with a talent and passion for math in multiple levels of competition.
DOE’s National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students' knowledge in all areas of science. Competing teams of diverse backgrounds are quizzed on scientific topics in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, general science, and mathematics using a question-and-answer format similar to “Jeopardy.”
National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition designed to create interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games.
National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge is a business plan competition that helps young people unlock their potential for entrepreneurial activity. Since 1987, NFTE has reached more than 350,000 students and runs programs in 21 states. Real World Design Challenge is an annual competition that provides high school students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student teams are asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation's leading industries. Students utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions.
Rocket21 is a Youth Innovation Platform that safely connects middle and high school students with opportunities, projects, events and innovation competitions involving world-class experts from the world's leading institutions and corporations. Rocket21's "Dream Green National Innovation Competition" invited youth to share their ideas for how to save the planet by reducing air pollution, keeping drinking water clean, making our oceans pure, conserving energy, or other high-impact solutions. The competition was presented in partnership with Captain Planet Foundation, an organization focused on empowering and inspiring the next generation of eco-visionaries and environmental stewards.
Robots.net includes a calendar of Robotics Competitions nationwide, in addition to the events noted below:
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is a $2 million grant program that promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education among public school students in grades 6-12 where they are challenged to show how they can use STEM to address an issue in their community.
Science Olympiad encourages teams of students in grades 6-12 to develop their interest in science and technology through competing in 23 events in the areas of chemistry, earth science, physics and technology.
Science of Sportsis an activity coordinated by Raytheon Company and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation -- teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs in New England. Each year, approximately 80 Raytheon volunteers mentor more than 150 students over 5 months to design and implement projects that explore the math and science embedded in competitive sports. The program culminates in the Science of Sports Science Fair at Gillette Stadium, where the 30 teams present their projects to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Raytheon Chairman William H. Swanson, who award scholarships to the winning teams.
Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national sustainability challenge, empowering students in grades K-12 to develop and share environmental solutions that change the world. The Challenge is sponsored by the Siemens Foundation and is administered by Discovery Education to educate, empower and engage elementary, middle and high school students and teachers to become “Agents of Change” in improving their schools, communities and world. To date, over 4.6M students have engaged with the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, increasing their STEM knowledge and creatively engaging their communities to find solutions to a local environmental issue or global energy challenge.
Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology is a premier science research competition for high school students. Administered by the College Board, the Competition is a program of the Siemens Foundation and was launched in 1998.
Team America Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest student rocket contest and the aerospace and defense industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue study and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and more than 20 industry partners, TARC provides middle and high school students the opportunity to design, build and launch model rockets in a competition among more than 5,000 students nationwide. The 2014 challenge tasked students with designing and building a rocket that could fly to 825 feet and back within 48 to 50 seconds while carrying precious cargo — two raw eggs that must return to the ground undamaged with the assistance of two parachutes.
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program has involved more than 287,000 students from across the United States and Canada. The competition encourages K-12 students to simulate real research and development as they study a technology of interest and predict and model what the technology might be like 20 years from now.
Verizon Innovative App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to apply their STEM knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity to develop an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community. The goal of the Challenge is to increase student interest and knowledge in STEM subjects and mobile technology through an engaging and empowering learning experience.
West Point Bridge Design Contest. Designed to interest students in engineering and construction by challenging them to design a virtual bridge. A sample PowerPoint will help you get your students/school started. Project and information. [PDF]
Zero Robotics is a free robotics programming competition (grades 9-12) where the robots are SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Station (ISS). The competition starts online, on the Zero Robotics website, where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Participants can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut conducts the championship competition in microgravity with a live broadcast!