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Last modified 02/09/98

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This page has been provided by the SJS parents for the benefit of upper school students. If you (an SJS upper school student) are interested in completing a project, parents will volunteer to help you. A database of interested parents is available and you will be matched with a parent who has the appropriate expertise.

There are 54 listed contests or projects. The links in the table will take you to the home page of the organization sponsoring the competition.

A brief description of each project can be found below the table .

If you have additional contests/projects you would like to see added or have suggestions for compiling this list into a more user-friendly format, please email.

Westinghouse Science Talent Search ISEF
NSTA Craftsman Inventors Awards Program The All New Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition
NSTA Space Science Student Involvement Program Toshiba NSTA Exploravision Awards
Odyssey of the Mind NASA Online Educational Resources
Other Informatics Competitions
Space Settlement Contests
Lawrence Livermore National Lab Regional Competitions Access Excellence Resource Center Los Alamos National Laboratory Science Education Programs
The International Chemistry Olympiad UIL - Making a World of Difference
The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Science Fairs
USACO
What's New in the TENET Web Who is Involved in a Science Project?
World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions  
LearnStar K-6 Competitions: Science
International Science and Engineering Fair
LearnStar K-6 Competitions: Science
The International Science Olympiads
University of California Berkeley Lab Projects
InterInternational Mathematics Olympiad
Cyberspace Middle School - Science Fair 95
Bayer/NSF Awards American Mathematics Competitions
National Education and Technology Alliance
ThinkQuest
National History Day Cyberfair98
United States Academic Decathlon NetNovel
Lunch Box Derby First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics
National Envirothon The International High School Space Settlement Design Competition
National Geography Bee Student Contests and Competitions for Mechanical Engineers
The All New Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition ComedySportz
INVENT AMERICA! Science Debates & Ethical Issues Websites
U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Directory of Educational Contests for Students K-12
Academic Questions and Answers, QuizNet - National Academic Quiz Tournaments
Competitions in Music, Art, and Composing FedDallas Student Competitions and Contests
Johns Hopkins Talent Search Texas State Science and Engineering Fair
International Bridge Building Contest Rice University Mathematics Tournament
Brief Descriptions of Contests
 
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.

Rice University Mathematics Tournament

The Rice University Mathematics Tournament is an annual event for high school students and teams from schools in the Texas/Louisiana area. Last year's tournament took place on February 15, 1997. Organized by Rice undergraduate students, the tournament has been held almost every year at the Rice University campus in Houston since 1981. The contest includes individual written tests as well as events in which groups work together to solve problems.
Texas State Science and Engineering Fair

Johns Hopkins Talent Search

Conducted by the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and the Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth (IAAY) at Johns Hopkins University, this annual program offers qualifying seventh grade students the opportunity to take the SAT I and STB Exams.

FedDallas Student Competitions and Contests

For the last six years, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has sponsored an essay contest for juniors and seniors in high schools throughout Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico.The Fed Challenge is an academic competition for high school economics classes, intended to help students better understand the Federal Reserve and the formulation of monetary policy.

Competitions in Music, Art, and Composing

National Academic Quiz Tournaments
 
National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC is an organization founded by veterans of the academic quiz competition circuit to provide quality questions and tournaments at the intramural, sectional, and national level. The NAQT organizers bring considerable circuit experience to this task and are committed to increasing the quality, quantity, professionalism, and accessibility of academic quiz competition.

Academic Questions and Answers, QuizNet -

Directory of Educational Contests for Students K-12

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad

The ACS Chemistry Olympiad is designed to stimulate interest and achievement in chemistry at the high school level through a national competition; and, to identify a team of four students to represent the United States in the International Chemistry Olympiad, held in a different country each year.
INVENT AMERICA!
 
INVENT AMERICA! is hands-on learning designed to develop creative thinking and problem solving skills--the skills needed in today's global workforce. And, our national student invention contest offers recognition and up to $1000 U.S. Savings Bond awards. Children learn to identify problems and eagerly create their own inventions to solve them! INVENT AMERICA!'s real-life learning experience promotes confidence, self-esteem and gives kids a creative leg up.
The All New Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition
 
The competition is now open to students in grades 7-12 who are U.S. citizens and reside in the United States or U.S. Territories. Students may enter individually or in teams of two. WHAT IT IS: Students design and build working devices powered by Duracell® batteries.
Science Debates & Ethical Issues Websites
 
ComedySportz
Most ComedySportz teams offer beginner and intermediate workshops. Workshops are how we find new CSz talent, too.

Student Contests and Competitions for Mechanical Engineers

National Geography Bee

Sponsored by the National Geographic Society and coordinated at Triton by the Pathfinder Enrichment Program, the National Geography Bee gives our Jr. high students the opportunity to participate in this rigorous and exciting academic competition .

National Envirothon

The National Envirothon is an annual competition held for high school students throughout North America. Designed as a way to teach kids about environmental education, the best teams from 40 states and two Canadian provinces come together during the summer to compete with one another in five subjects: Wildlife, Forestry, Soil, Aquatics, and Current Environmental Issues. The winners get nationwide publicity for their school, and receive Canon National Envirothon Scholarships that can be used for college !

The International High School Space Settlement Design Competition

This event is an industry simulation set in the future. Teams of High School students prepare designs for cities in space where over 10,000 people will live. The Competition is an exercise of creativity, technical competence, management skills, environmental knowledge, resources in space, teamwork, and presentation techniques. Each year the Competition organizers develop a new design challenge, based on one of ten settlement scenarios.

Lunch Box Derby

In the classroom, students construct and race buggies made from fresh fruits and vegetables. Teachers submit the winning car for the national contest, and in late April, we'll award prizes to the top 16 teams. The best four teams in the country will join the best team from the United Kingdom for an all-expenses-paid trip to the finals in Washington, D.C. in late May, where we'll crown the 1997 Lunch Box Derby Champs.
First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics

The First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics (FS) is an international physics research paper competition for high school students.

United States Academic Decathlon

The United States Academic Decathlon is an important team competition wherein students match their intellectual wits with students from other schools. Students are tested in ten categories:

NetNovel
NetNovel is a creative writing competition, open to all accredited high schools and colleges.
National History Day

The year-long National History Day competition is anexciting way for students to study and learn about historicalissues, ideas, people and events.

Cyberfair98

Show the world the special corners of the place you call home.
ThinkQuest

ThinkQuest® is an educational adventure which encourages students around the world to build Web pages that help them -- and other students -- prepare for the 21st century. More than a contest, it represents a new model for learning and teaching. ThinkQuest helps students bring their classroom subjects alive for themselves and students everywhere. Already immersed in multimedia and interactivity, students apply a different learning perspective that truly engages and excites other students. In building ThinkQuest Entries, they learn to harness the power of the Internet, while also creating a valuable library of Internet educational materials for use online, in the classroom, and at home.

National Education and Technology Alliance
 
Requirements include a 500-word essay on "Why I Love the Internet." Also, nominees attached copies of information about Internet projects, included disks of media projects, offered videotapes, and identified URLs of sites that they created.
Bayer/NSF Awards American Mathematics Competitions
 
The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) seek to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving ability through a series of friendly mathematics competitions for junior (grades 8 and below) and senior high school students (grades 9 through 12).
Cyberspace Middle School - Science Fair 95
 
Science Fair Projects should be FUN and educational, with the emphasis on FUN. Here are some helpful hints which will help you think of and carry out a science fair project you will enjoy learning from.
 
InterInternational Mathematics Olympiad
 
The International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) is an annual mathematics competition for high school students. It is one - in fact, the oldest - of the International Science Olympiads. The first IMO was held in Romania in 1959. The problems come from various areas of mathematics, such as are included in math curricula at secondary schools. The solution of these problems, however, requires exceptional mathematical ability and excellent mathematical knowledge on the part of the contestants.
The International Science Olympiads
 
The international science olympiads are intended for (senior) pupils at secondary schools all over the world.
International Science and Engineering Fair
 
Science and Engineering Fairs offer an exceptional opportunity to enrich school programs at both the elementary and the secondary level through encouraging independent project work, developing displays, having work judged by professional scientists and engineers, sharing similar interests with other students, competing for awards, and receiving local, national, and even international recognition.
ISEF
 
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the Olympics, the World Cup and the World Series of science competition. Held annually in May, the Intel ISEF brings together over 1,000 students from all 50 states and 40 nations to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prize: a trip to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden. Science Service founded the ISEF in 1950 and is very proud to have Intel as the title sponsor of this prestigious, international competition.
Westinghouse Science Talent Search
 
For thousands of students who dream of careers in science, the Westinghouse Science Talent Search (STS) has helped make that dream a reality. The Westinghouse Corporation and Foundation have supported the STS in partnership with Science Service since its inception in 1942. Now in its 57th year it is the nation’s oldest and most highly-regarded science competition. The STS has identified young scientific talent with remarkable precision: alumni include five Nobel Laureates, nine MacArthur Foundation Fellows, and two Fields Medalists.
LearnStar K-6 Competitions: Science
 
University of California Berkeley Lab Projects
 
Microworlds is an interactive science magazine for middle-school and high-school students. This education-outreach project currently features articles on the Lab's Advanced Light Source and its applications. Each "article" has learning activities to help students understand basic concepts related to the research described.
Hands on Universe is a high school astronomy education program that enables students all over the world to request observations from an automated telescope, download images from a large image data archive, display the images using image processing software, and learn math, physics, and astronomy using a comprehensive set of well-tested curriculum activities.
The Particle Adventure, an Interactive Tour of the Inner Workings of the Atom and the Tools for Discovery, has been published by the Contemporary Physics Education Project. The interactive tour is an education adventure aimed at high school students.
Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP) is a national organization of physicists and teachers that creates and provides educational products for high school and college students, and for other fans of physics. These products include the Chart of Fundamental Particles and Interactions, a full-color chart about particles such as quarks and gluons and the fundamental forces. It answers the question, "What is the world made of and what holds it together?"
The ABC's of Nuclear Science describes basic principles of nuclear physics and includes a set of experiments introducing students to the properties of radioactivity. Local teachers can check out the equipment necessary for these experiments from the Oakland Chabot Science Center after taking a short training course.
The Virtual Frog Dissection Kit allows interactive dissection of a frog, and includes the capability to make on-the-fly movies.

Lung Tour consists of a set of microscopic images of the lung that allows viewing of its structure in increasing detail. The tour begins with a whole lung that has been opened to show the branching airway. From there, you can zoom in to the surface of this airway at different positions at higher and higher magnification. Lung Tour is a joint educational project of the Lung Microscopy Group in the Life Sciences Division, the National Center for Electron Microscopy, and the Imaging and Distributed Computing Group in the Information and Computing Sciences Division.

NSTA Craftsman Inventors Awards Program

This awards program encourages students to combine their creativity and imagination with science, technology, and mechanical ability to invent and build a tool or modify an existing tool

The All New Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition

The competition is now open to students in grades 7-12 who are U.S. citizens and reside in the United States or U.S. Territories. Students may enter individually or in teams of two. WHAT IT IS: Students design and build working devices powered by Duracell® batteries.

NSTA Space Science Student Involvement Program
 
SSIP competitions encourage students in grades 3-12 to incorporate science, math, technology and art into science exploration. Future Aircraft/Spacecraft Design Team Competition, grades 3-5 Mission to Planet Earth Team Project, grades 6-8 Mars Scientific Experiment Proposal, grades 9-12 Aerospace Internships, grades 9-12 Intergalactic Art Competition, grades 3-12

Toshiba NSTA Exploravision Awards

ExploraVision is a competition for students of all interest, skill, and ability levels in grades K-12, who are U.S. citizens or legal residents, living within the United States, U.S. Territories, or Canada. The purpose of the competition is to encourage students to combine their imaginations with the tools of science and technology to create and explore a vision of the future.

Odyssey of the Mind
 
Odyssey of the Mind is a world-wide, nonprofit organization that promotes creative team-based problem solving in a school program for students from kindergarten through college. The program helps students learn divergent thinking and problem solving skills while participating in a series of challenging and motivating activities, both inside and outside their regular classroom curriculum.
 
NASA Online Educational Resources
 
Part of the mission of the High Performance Computing and Communications program is to foster increased use of new computer and networking technologies to help support accelerated learning programs in education . These rough listings provide pointers to some online resources for students and educators, as well as to projects that address these goals.
Other Informatics Competitions
 
The International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) is an annual competition in the discipline of informatics (computing science) for senior pupils at secondary schools all over the world. The IOI has a relatively short history and, we hope, a long future among the International Science Olympiads.
 
Lawrence Livermore National Lab Regional Competitions Access Excellence Resource Center
 
Conferences, Programs and Scholarships sites
 
Los Alamos National Laboratory Science Education Programs
 
The Department of Energy and the Laboratory are science-rich resources that are able to provide exceptional enrichment and motivating experiences for both students and teachers.
 
 
Space Settlement Contests
 
This annual contest is for for 6-12th graders (11-18 years old) from anywhere in the world. Students develop space settlement designs and related materials. These are sent to NASA Ames for judgement. Due date is 31 March 1998. For more information see:
 
The International Chemistry Olympiad
 
The International Chemistry Olympiad is held every year in early July. The basic idea of such an international competition is to compare the standards of basic science education between the participating countries. Each participant country selects a four-membered team of students for the competition. The competitors must be under 20 years of age, and they must be from a secondary school (ie, they may not have received any special education in chemistry). Training courses are allowed.
 
The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Science Fairs
 
This Library page is an attempt to provide a single comprehensive list of every science fair accessible through the World Wide Web, whether of global or local scope. Here's how to make corrections or add new science fairs to the list.
 
UIL - Making a World of Difference
 
Texas competitions and calendar
 
USACO
 
The USACO is an annual computer programming competition for high school students in the United States. It is sponsored by USENIX and hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The goal of the USACO is to select a team of four students to represent the United States in the annual International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). This year the 9th IOI will be held in South Africa from November 30th to December 7th, 1997 . The first team from the United States was formed in 1992.
 
 
What's New in the TENET Web
 
Conferences and contests for Texas students
 
Bayer/NSF Award for Community Innovation
 
The Bayer/NSF Award for Community Innovation is a competition that challenges sixth through eighth grade students to identify issues affecting their communities and to use the scientific method to solve them. The Award is designed to foster curiosity, creativity, team cooperation, critical thinking skills, service to the community and citizenship in youths with diverse backgrounds, interests and abilities.
 
Who is Involved in a Science Project?
 
Helpful site for planning and conducting a science fair project
 
World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions
 
The World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions is an organisation of national mathematics competitions affiliated as a Special Interest Group of the International Commission for Mathematical Instruction (ICMI).
 
These pages authored and maintained by Marcella Dawson. Revised: July 01, 1998. Copyright © 1995 CRPC GirlTECH. All rights reserved.
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