STEM Competitions

Waiting for a new season challenge? Robot’s all built?  Ticket to St. Louis is in hand?  While you’re waiting for your next FIRST adventure, you might want to consider some of these great STEM competitions!


YouTube Space Lab

YouTube and Lenovo are partnering with Space Adventures, NASA, and various space agencies to launch YouTube Space Lab, a worldwide competition that challenges teenagers to create a space experiment. The two winning projects will be performed in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and broadcast on YouTube.
Registration deadline: Through Dec. 7, 2011 students are invited to submit a two-minute YouTube video introducing their project.
Age group: The competition will be divided among two age groups: 14-16 years old and 17-18 years old.
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Get Green Video Contest
Students demonstrate in a video (no more than two minutes) how one or more of the elements of STEM can help green their cities and towns.
Registration deadline: Dec. 8, 2011 at 3 p.m. EST
Age group: 14 to 19 years old
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Battle of the Bricks
This competition for black and Latino students challenges them to solve real world problems.
Registration deadline: Online application available through Dec. 9.
Age group: 11 to 17 years old
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Be the Change
This contest for high school, community college and undergraduate students in Washington state aims to create solutions and awareness in global health. Teams of students will design projects ranging from innovations in service delivery to advocacy and awareness campaigns through social media.
Registration deadline: Initial proposals are due Dec. 15, 2011.
Age group: High School
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Reality Redesigned
Part of The Edge Factor Show’s Reality Redesigned TV series, this contest asks students to design a part for a mountain bike; suspension, component or frame.
Registration deadline: Submissions accepted through Dec. 19.
Age group: Middle and High School
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RealWorld-InWorld (RWIW) NASA Engineering Design Challenge
The challenge begins in the RealWorld where students use the engineering design process to solve a problem related to either the James Webb Space Telescope or Robonaut 2 (R2). Selected RealWorld teams are mentored InWorld by college engineering students in a virtual world setting.
Registration deadline: Jan. 27, 2012
Age group: Grades 7-12
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DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition
Students demonstrate their creativity and advance their contributions to a better society through scientific discovery, invention and innovation.
Registration deadline: Entries are due no later than Jan. 31, 2012.
Age group: Grades 7-12
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Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision
Students imagine what technology might be like in the future.
Registration deadline: Projects are due Feb. 1.
Age group: Students must be no older than 21 years of age.
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Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge
Students can submit their most creative, useful and innovative designs. It could be a new perspective on an everyday product or a fresh vision for a piece of art, animation or architecture. Scholarships will be awarded based on the design’s creativity, usefulness, part integrity and aesthetics.
Registration deadline: Feb. 2, 2012
Cheryl Walsh
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