Competitions & Contests


2013 Essay Contest

EngineerGirl Essay ContestEvery year, EngineerGirl sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. Usually the announcement is posted in the fall with judging and winners announced in the spring. Visit the contest page to see past winners or view the new contest.


  • Biocom STEM Voice Video Challenge

    https://www.biocom.org/biocom_institute/get_involved/stemvoice/STEM_Voice_Compet...

    The STEM Voice Video Competition is nation-wide opportunity for kids in grades 5-12 to artistically explore the importance of STEM. Be creative and use video to show how much you love STEM. Act it out, create an animation, sing it but, make sure it is appropriate for all ages. Grand prize winner receives $5,000 and will be flown to San Diego with a parent or guardian receive the award at the BIO International Convention during June 23-26 2014! Runners up will receive an Apple gift card. Deadline for submission is April 21, 2014. Biocom Institute, a non-profit based in San Diego, California and focused on promoting STEM and knowledge of the lifescience industry, is the proud sponsor of this competition in 2014.

    Resource Added: April 4, 2014

  • APP-E-FEAT by IEEE

    http://www.appefeat.com/

    Want to make a difference? From now until 19 May 2014, create a mobile app or draw one for the benefit of humanity anywhere around the world. You could win an iPad Air!

    Resource Added: March 17, 2014

  • PeopleSmart Contest

    http://www.peoplesmart.com/PeopleSmartScholarshipContest

    Peoplesmart is running an essay contest on the subject of privacy in the 21st century and what it means to the current generation of high school seniors. The contest winner will receive $2,500 and his or her essay will be published on the PeopleSmart website and blog. Submissions are being accepted until April 30th, 2014.

    Resource Added: February 11, 2014

  • Zero Robotics

    http://www.zerorobotics.org/web/zero-robotics/home-public

    Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) inside the International Space Station. The competition starts online, on this website, where teams program the SPHERES to solve an annual challenge. After several phases of virtual competition in a simulation environment that mimics the real SPHERES, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut will conduct the championship competition in microgravity with a live broadcast!

    Resource Added: January 30, 2014

  • Technovation

    http://technovationchallenge.org

    Technovation is the global technology entrepreneurship program for girls, with over 1,300 alumnae from 19 countries. Middle school, high school, and university students research, design, build, and launch a mobile app prototype through a 50-hour curriculum over 3 months, with guidance from dedicated teachers and female mentors who are professionals in STEM and business careers. Then they pitch their mobile app "startups" to real investors via YouTube and compete for a chance to travel to Silicon Valley to make live pitches for $20k in awards. It's free to participate and no prior app development experience is necessary.

    Resource Added: January 23, 2014

  • Design Squad

    http://pbskids.org/designsquad/contest/1/

    If you've ever seen Design Squad on PBS you know they are serious about fun challenges and interesting design. Along with videos, games and lots of information, you can also find contests and challenges on their website to keep your brain busy.

    Resource Added: November 14, 2012

  • Broadcom MASTERS

    http://www.societyforscience.org/masters

    The national science, technology, engineering, and math competition for U.S. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public, inspires and encourages the nation's young scientists, engineers and innovators.

    Resource Added: October 16, 2012

  • Technology Student Association (TSA) Competitions

    http://www.tsaweb.org/Competitions

    The Technology Student Association hosts a number of competitions for students in both middle and high school. Check out their website to see which ones might be interesting to you.

    Resource Added: September 21, 2012

  • Kids' Science Challenge

    http://www.kidsciencechallenge.com/

    The Kids’ Science Challenge (KSC), the premiere elementary school science competition in the US, is a free nationwide science competition for students in grades 3 through 6. The KSC creatively engages young students to use their imagination to expand our current ideas of how things work. Kids learn about careers in science, how to innovate and how their “what if” questions are the foundation of scientific thinking.

    Resource Added: December 12, 2011

  • NFPA Fluid Power Challenge

    http://www.nfpafoundation.org/FPChallenge/Index.aspx

    The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge is a skills competition that challenges students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. They learn teamwork, math, science, engineering and problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward middle school students who work in teams of four—preferably two boys and two girls. Anyone—colleges, universities or local companies—can hold a Challenge. Further information and complete instructions are available on their website.

    Resource Added: February 7, 2011

  • National Science Bowl - For Middle School Students

    http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/middle-school/

    Either an academic math and science competition or a model fuel cell car competition. Why not compete in both?!

    Resource Added: August 1, 2007

  • National Science Bowl - For High School Students

    http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/high-school/

    Compete in a verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math

    Resource Added: August 1, 2007

  • Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams

    http://web.mit.edu/inventeams

    Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams is a non-competitive initiative that awards grants up to $10,000 each to teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors to identify a problem and invent a solution for it. Designed to excite, empower, and encourage students through hands-on problem solving, InvenTeams aims to inspire a new generation of inventors.

    Resource Added: February 5, 2007

  • FIRST

    http://www.usfirst.org

    The FIRST program has lots of great competitions to get your engineering mind started. Whether you choose the Lego League for grades K-8 or the robotics competion or tech challenge for high school students, there is something for everyone.

    Resource Added: December 4, 2005

  • Future City Competition

    http://www.futurecity.org/

    Working with a teacher and engineer mentor, student teams design a future city using SimCity 2000, then build scale models of a section of their city.

    Resource Added: December 4, 2005

  • Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision Awards

    http://www.exploravision.org/

    The Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision Awards encourage students to combine the tools of science with their own imagination to create and explore a vision of future technologies.

    Resource Added: December 4, 2005

  • Science Olympiad

    http://soinc.org/

    Following the format of popular board games, TV shows and athletic games, Science Olympiad tournaments are interscholastic competitions consisting of a series of individual and team events. Teams of up to 15 students compete in four divisions: grades K-3, grades 3-6, grades 6-9, and grades 9-12. Rules vary for event to event and the complete rules and guidelines are made available to schools upon registration.

    Resource Added: December 4, 2005

  • Science Olympiad: Student Center

    http://www.scioly.org/

    This page in the Science Odyssey website present resources for educators including program guides, activity ideas and more. The Science Odyssey series covers scientific discoveries in medicine and health, physics and astronomy, human behavior, technology, earth and life sciences.

    Resource Added: December 4, 2005

  • Odyssey of the Mind

    http://www.odysseyofthemind.com

    This international program encourages creative problem-solving challenging students in a variety of areas, from building mechanical devices to giving their own interpretation of literary classics.

    Resource Added: December 4, 2005

  • Siemens Foundation Competitions and Awards

    http://www.siemens-foundation.org/

    Site features several contests for high school students with great awards for winners.

    Resource Added: December 4, 2005

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