NSTA offers a variety of fun and friendly competitions to engage your students in the pleasures of science beyond the curriculum.
America's Home Energy Education Challenge
Sponsored by the US Department of Energy, and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, America’s Home Energy Education Challenge gives students the chance to LEARN about energy, DEVELOP techniques for reducing energy consumption, and SAVE money in their own homes by reducing household energy use. All students grades 3–8 can participate as long as they have a Team Advisor, including:
- Public and private schools
- Home schools
- After school programs
- Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other organizations
Students can also participate in the Energy Fitness Award by demonstrating a level of knowledge about energy after completing the lesson plans. Five sessions are provided to Educators about energy generation, transmission, consumption, conservation, and management.
As of one of the US Army’s Educational Outreach Programs (AEOP), eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6 through 9. eCYBERMISSION challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and use scientific practices or the engineering design process to find a solution. Students compete for state, regional, and national awards, with potential winnings of up to $8,000 (maturity value) in U.S. Savings Bonds.
The ExploraVision K–12 competition, which supports learning called for in the Next Generation Science Standards, challenges students in the U.S. and Canada to research a technology of interest and explore what that technology could be like 20 years from now. Up to $240,000 in savings bonds (at maturity) are awarded annually to student winners for the most innovative ideas that combine imagination with the tools of science. Winning schools, students, and teachers capture additional prizes—including computers and an expenses-paid awards trip to the nation's capital for the first- and second-place winning students (and their parents or guardians), coach and mentor —in this team- and project-based learning competition.