and Research Opportunities
As a high school student,
you should immerse yourself in as many opportunities.
Local, state, and national competitions are a great
way to test your skills and to learn about what other
students are doing.
also open the door to other opportunities. You will
meet new people and explore new ideas.
Science Projects and Papers
and Other Opportunities
SCIENCE PROJECTS AND PAPERS
Why are science
projects important? Read this article to find
out about the importance of developing a science project.
State Science Fair: Getting Started with Your
getting started with your project? Here's a collection
of sites which address just your problem.
Projects for Your Science Fair
A comprehensive guide to creating your science fair
a Science Fair
to helpful sites.
was created by the Lemelson-MIT Program to address the
independent inventor's and aspiring entrepreneur's most
frequently asked questions regarding United States patents.
We hope that this handbook will provide some helpful
information on the patenting and commercialization processes.
Super Science Fair Projects homepage . . . your complete
guide to projects, topics, experiments, and ideas.
Fair Projects and Science Fairs
Links to helpful
for science fairs.
at the Undergraduate Level
Many Ventures Scholars will need to participate in some
form of undergraduate research, particularly if you
are interested in pursuing graduate or professional
school. Here is an interesting Web site that will help
you understand research at the undergraduate level.
AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
list provides you with information about science fairs
Computer Science League (ACSL)
ACSL organizes computer science contests and computer
programming contests for junior and senior high school
students. Last year, our 26th year of continuous operation,
over 200 schools in the United States, Canada and (a
few) from Japan and Europe are participating. ACSL is
on the approved activities list of the National Association
of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
Mathematics Competitions (AMC) is dedicated to the goal
of strengthening the mathematical capabilities of our
nation's youth. We believe that one way to meet this
goal is to identify, recognize and reward excellence
in mathematics through a serics of national contests
called the American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC 8), the
American Mathematics Contest 10 (AMC 10), the American
Mathematics Contest 12 (AMC 12), the American Invitational
Mathematics Examination (AIME), and the United States
of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO).
American Regions Mathematics League
The American Regions Mathematics League's annual competition
brings together the nation's finest students. They meet,
compete against, and socialize with one another, forming
friendships and sharpening their mathematical skills.
Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education,
the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) is the premier competition
in biology in the United States. As is the case with
CEE's other pioneering education programs, the USA Biology
Olympiad focuses on stimulating young scholars' intellectual
curiosity and developing their critical thinking skills
in biological reasoning. Leveraging the best scientific
expertise to challenge students, CEE prepares talented
students for the fascinating experience of national
and international academic competitions.
Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST)
BEST is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization whose
mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in
engineering, science, and technology through participation
in a sports-like, science and engineering-based robotics
Presented in your region by KISS Institute for Practical
Robotics, the Botball Educational Robotics Program integrates
science, technology, engineering and math with robotics
to keep your students on the forefront of technology.
Any middle or high school aged student can participate
in Botball as long as the team has an adult contact.
The organization of the team is up to the team leader.
California State Science Fair
The California State Science Fair is the final science
fair of the academic year for students throughout the
State of California in grades 6 - 12, serving California's
future scientists since 1952. It is hosted by the California
Science Center (formerly, the California Museum of Science
expose students to diverse environmental issues, ecosystems,
and topography, the Canon Envirothon is hosted by a
different state or province each year. In addition to
the actual competition, the event also includes social,
cultural, and educational activities organized by the
Canon Envirothon Host Committee. Conducted over five
consecutive days every summer during July or August,
the Canon Envirothon is a competition comprising five
testing/training stations and an oral presentation component.
At the testing stations and the oral presentation, each
team's performance is evaluated and scored by individuals
with field expertise. At the conclusion of the competition,
scores are combined for final ranking and award/prize
The U.S. National Olympiad (USNCO) is a multi-tiered
competition designed to stimulate and promote achievement
in high school chemistry. The Goals of the USNCO and
the Annual Schedule are set by a subcommittee of the
ACS Society Committee on Education (SOCED).
The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications
High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM)
offers students the opportunity to compete in a team
setting using mathematics to present solutions to real-world
Regional Engineering and Science Fair, Inc.
to the CSRA Regional Science & Engineering Fair,
Inc. We are a private non-profit organization designed
to aid schools, teachers, and students in developing
an interest in all aspects of science and engineering
through the science fair project. We are based in Augusta,
Georgia and serve 18 counties in the Central Savannah
River Area (CSRA) which includes portions of both Georgia
and South Carolina. Every year, we sponsor a Regional
Science Fair in the spring to bring the first place
winners from local school science fairs for a competition.
Regional Science and Engineering Fair
first Dallas Regional Science Fair in 1957, the annual
event has grown to be one of the largest regional student
fairs in the United States.
Destination ImagiNation, Inc., the world’s largest
creativity and problem solving organization, inspires
participants in all of its programs, to learn the process,
art, and skill associated with problem solving.
Disease Detectives Event
Disease Detectives provides students an opportunity
to hone their skills as science sleuths by learning
the scientific method employed by epidemiologists—or
Dupont Challenge: Science Essay Awards Program
You can enter the nation’s premier Science Essay
Awards Program: a)More than $13,000 in educational awards
for students. b)First Place teacher prize includes expense-paid
trip to Space Center Houston/NASA.
ExploraVision is a competition for students of all interest,
skill, and ability levels in grades K-12. Entrants must
be United States or Canadian citizens or legal residents,
living within the United States, U.S. Territories, or
Canada and enrolled full-time in a public, private or
home school. The purpose of the competition is to encourage
students to combine their imaginations with the tools
of science to create and explore a vision of a future
Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
FIRST inspires in young people, their schools and communities
an appreciation of science and technology, and of how
mastering these can enrich the lives of all.
Problem Solving Program
The Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP) engages students
in creative problem solving. Founded by creativity pioneer,
Dr. E. Paul Torrance, FPSP stimulates critical and creative
thinking skills and encourages students to develop a
vision for the future. FPSP features curricular and
co-curricular competitive, as well as non-competitive,
activities in creative problem solving. The Future Problem
Solving Program involves over 250,000 students annually
from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
Korea, Malaysia, and Russia.
Students are required to design a vehicle that addresses
a series of engineering problems that are similar to
problems faced by the original Moonbuggy team.
Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament
The Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT) is an
annual math tournament for high school students, held
at MIT and at Harvard in alternating years. It is run
exclusively by MIT and Harvard students. Most of us
participated in math contests in high school, and we
try to incorporate what we liked best about those competitions
into HMMT. We hope this will make the contest both challenging
and entertaining for all the participants.
School Student Engineering Competitions
These links provide high schools students interested
in engineering hands-on experience by participating
in engineering-related competitions.
Intel Science Talent Search (Intel
Previously known as the Westinghouse Science Talent
Search Competition. This is a research competition for
all seniors. The competition relies on a vast background
of science experiences as well as a summer research
International Science and Engineering Fair
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
(Intel ISEF) is the world's largest pre-college celebration
of science. Held annually in May, the Intel ISEF brings
together over 1,200 students from 40 nations to compete
for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific
field trips and the grand prize: $50,000 college scholarship
and a high-performance computer. Science Service founded
the ISEF in 1950 and is very proud to have Intel as
the title sponsor of this prestigious, international
International Brain Bee
The International Brain Bee (IBB) is a live Q &
A competition that tests the neuroscience knowledge
of high school students. Young men and women from all
over North America compete to determine who is the "best
brain" on such topics as intelligence, memory,
emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep,
addiction, Alzheimer's, and stroke. In a two-step process,
local competitions are held throughout North America,
with the winners invited to the championship at the
University of Maryland during Brain Awareness Week in
March. The IBB is an attempt to motivate our youth to
learn about the brain, capture their imagination and
inspire them to pursue careers in biomedical brain research.
We challenge educators and scientists to start a brain
bee in their city. We challenge students to compete!
It's fun, easy, and rewarding.
International Bridge Building Contest
The construction and testing of model bridges promotes
the study and application of fundamental principles
physics and also helps high school students develop
"hands on" skills through bridge construction.
By participating in the Bridge Building Competition
students get a flavor of what it is to be an Engineer,
designing structures to a set of specifications and
then seeing them perform their function. They are also
provided with an academically-oriented extracurricular
activity which is recognized school-wide.
Junior Engineering Technical Societies (JETS)
A challenging academic team competition, The Tests of
Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science program
enables high school students to learn team development
and problem-solving skills using classroom mathematics
to solve real-world problems. The TEAMS competition
is an annual one-day, two-part event that consists of
an open-book, open-discussion exam taken by teams of
four-to-eight high school students. TEAMS presents the
multidisciplinary aspect of engineering work by illustrating
how math and science concepts work together and are
applied to solve real-world problems.
Science and Humanities Symposium
JSHS regional symposia invite the participation of all
high school students who have completed an original
research investigation in the sciences, engineering,
or mathematics, to apply to the regional symposium and
vie for awards and recognition, including the opportunity
to advance to the National symposium. All students in
grades 9-12, enrolled in public, private, or home schools
within the area served by the JSHS regional symposium
are eligible. Investigations reporting on experimental,
field, observational, or applied research are eligible.
While review or library research is a part of the research
process, these investigations alone are not appropriate.
(See Guidelines section for additional descriptive information.)
Association of America Competition
The Mathematical Association of America's AMC offers
the chance to compete with your peers from across the
country. But the real rewards come from challenging
each student with mathematics that is new, different,
and "outside of the box." A letter received
from a student sums it up best: "I would like to
thank you very much for sponsoring the American Mathematics
Competition. It has been one of the most significant
experiences of my high school career. During the past
three years' training for this competition, I have learned
to look at problems from new perspectives, and my math
knowledge has certainly grown. My experience with AMC
has allowed me to participate in other programs and
meet other students with the same interests. I really
appreciate the opportunities and education this competition
The 56th Annual
AMC 12 mathematics competition for students in 11th
and 12th grades is on Tuesday, February 1, 2005, and
Wednesday, February 16, 2005, in schools worldwide.
In addition, the 6th Annual AMC 10 mathematics competitions
for students in 9th and 10th grades will take place
on the same dates. In 2004, more than 230,000 students
from over 4,300 schools participated in these contests.
The contest problems are designed to challenge outstanding
mathematics students, and to encourage all students'
interest in mathematics.
The AMC 10 and AMC 12 lead to a series of increasingly
selective math contests, all the way up to the USA Mathematics
Olympiad and the selection of the USA team to be sent
to the International Mathematical Olympiad, the premier
international high school level problem solving contest.
If your school
isn't already registered for this year's competition,
encourage your math teacher to contact us for information
on how you and your classmates can participate. And
it's not too early to start preparing for next year's
contests. More information is available at http://www.unl.edu/amc.
register on the Web at
or phone the AMC office at 800-527-3690.
New England Junior Science & Humanities Symposium
Science and Humanities Program (JSHS) was established
in 1958 to increase the number of highly trained scientists
and engineers in the United States by promoting research
and experimentation at the secondary school level and
by recognizing high school students for their original
Welcome to the Greater Testing Concepts home page! After
fifteen years of operation, the Mandelbrot Competition
is still the best round by round math contest in the
United States. (At least according to a recent survey
of its editors.) In a nutshell, here's why: the goal
of the contest is to introduce high school students
of all ability levels to accessible new topics in mathematics
while providing stimulating, challenging problems to
stretch the best students in the country. The team test
portion of the contest, which emphasizes mathematical
writing skills and effective group work, sets the Mandelbrot
Competition apart as a truly educational contest.
NASA Drop Tower Competition for
High-School-Aged Student Teams
DIME is a NASA competition program which allows teams
to design and build a science experiment which will
then be operated in a NASA microgravity drop tower facility.
This program is a project-oriented activity which lasts
one school year for the selected teams. Teams will be
comprised of high-school-aged students from (for example)
a science class, a group of classes, a science club,
or a scout troop. A team must have an adult advisor,
such as a teacher or parent.
NASA Space Settlement Contest
This annual contest is for 6-12th graders (11-18 years
old) from anywhere in the world. Individuals, small
teams of two to six, and large teams of seven or more
(often whole classrooms with teacher leadership) may
enter. Grades 6-9 and 10-12 are judged separately, except
for the grand prize. Students develop space settlement
designs and related materials.
NASA Student Involvement Program
This national program is your opportunity to join in
NASA’s exploration of the universe, from the most
distant stars to the earth beneath your feet. Join in
the adventure! NSIP values the achievement and diversity
of all students.
National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Today, technological advances allow us to explore and
research vast regions of the oceans which until recently
were relatively unknown. With these new discoveries
comes the potential to improve not only the economic
well-being of our country but also our quality of life.
Now our challenge is to continue the exploration and
develop strategies for managing the oceans' resources.
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is one program
that prepares the next generation of marine scientists,
policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians,
environmental advocates, and informed citizens to accept
In 2003 the Society of Manufacturing Engineers decided
that they were no longer able to sponsor their national
robotics challenge. This opened the door for the three
teachers from Marion, Ohio to offer sponsorship to a
contest that was familiar to many schools in Ohio and
around the nation. These individuals saw educational
value in competitive events for their students. These
teachers were also concerned about the rising costs
involved with these competitions and wanted to try to
create more cost effective competitions for kids. 2004
was the inaugural year for the Ohio TECH National Robotics
Challenge. The contest was held at the Veterans Memorial
Coliseum on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Marion,
Ohio. We had over 250 students from 27 schools representing
7 states with 148 contest entries. The 2005 contest
had over 300 participants and we are hoping for even
more entries in 2006.
The National Science Bowl
The National Science Bowl® is a highly visible educational
event and academic competition among teams of high school
students who attend science seminars and compete in
a verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer
questions in all branches of science and math. The regional
and national events encourage student involvement in
math and science activities, improve awareness of career
options in science and technology, and provide an avenue
of enrichment and reward for academic science achievement.
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational
program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities
for students from kindergarten through college. Kids
apply their creativity to solve problems that range
from building mechanical devices to presenting their
own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring
their solutions to competition on the local, state,
and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout
the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate
in the program.
Students take a 40-question, timed, multiple-choice
test in April, with their school's supervision. Exam
questions are based on topics and concepts covered in
a typical high school physics course. To enhance the
distribution of awards, Division I is for first-year
students and Division II is for second-year students.
Each Division has 15 regions that have been established
across the country to allow schools in each region to
compete against one another. Specialized math and science
schools compete in their own region. For more information
about the AAPT Physics Bowl, contact the AAPT Programs
department at (301) 209-3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RoboCupJunior is a project-oriented educational initiative
that sponsors local, regional and international robotic
events for young students. It is designed to introduce
RoboCup to primary and secondary school children, as
well as undergraduates who do not have the resources
to get involved in the senior leagues. The focus in
the Junior league is on education.
Regional Southeastern Michigan Science Fair
Southeastern Michigan Science Fair is affiliated with
the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
The Southeast Michigan region includes Livingston, Washtenaw,
Monroe, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties. Students in
grades 9 through 12 from any school in the region are
eligible to enter Individual or Team projects in the
Senior Division. Students in grades 7 and 8 from any
school in the region are eligible to enter Individual
or Team projects in the Junior Division.
Link to list
of international and national fairs.
Fair Project Guide
Links to helpful
Olympiad Mission is to promote and improve student interest
in science and to improve the quality of k-12 science
education throughout the nation.
Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science & Technology
The Siemens Foundation provides more than $1 million
in college scholarships and awards each year for talented
high school students in the United States. Its signature
programs, the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math,
Science & Technology and the Siemens Awards for
Advanced Placement, reward exceptional achievement in
science, math and technology.
Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair
A guide has
been prepared to help you in setting up your school
fair. This guide offers insight to the process of running
the fair, science fair participation and project approval
process for students, SARSEF registration and participation,
website resources, checklists on materials and timelines.
America Rocketry Challenge
AIA and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR),
in partnership with NASA, the Department of Defense,
and the 39 AIA members above, are proud to sponsor the
2006 Team America Rocketry Challenge, a national model
rocket competition for U.S. high school and middle school
students. A grand prize pool of over $60,000 in cash
and savings bonds will be shared by the winning teams.
The purpose of the competition is to promote the Internet
Style of Learning - an interactive, participatory style
that encourages students to take advantage of the Internet
as a constantly growing source of information and as
a powerful collaborative tool. Students work in teams
of up to three students to create web sites for the
use of other students.
The USACO supports pre-college computing around
the world through computer programming competitions
and training materials. The USACO holds six Internet
Contests during the academic year, and in the late Spring
conducts the US Open, a proctored exam. Based on the
results of these contests, 16 students are invited to
an all-expense-paid training camp in the early summer,
where 4 students are selected to be the US Team at the
International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).
USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS)
The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a free
mathematics competition open to all United States middle
and high school students. The USAMTS is primarily funded
by the National Security Agency, which has funded the
program since 1992.
MESA Math and Science Competitions
offers numerous academic, hands-on and fun competitions
throughout the year for students. Competitions
are ways for students to demonstrate their knowledge,
to be recognized, to visit university campuses, to
meet students from other schools, to represent their
school and USC MESA, and to have fun. Most importantly,
competitions help students shine and look great on
Web Directory: World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Science
List of science
fairs both global and local in scope.
Point Bridge Design Contest
The United States Military Academy is pleased to offer
the third annual West Point Bridge Design Contest.
The purpose of the contest is to provide middle school
and high school students with a realistic, engaging
introduction to engineering. We provide this contest
as a service to education--and as a tribute to the Academy's
two hundred years of service to the United States of
A research-based essay contest for students in grades
7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.