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TITLE GRADE(S) DESCRIPTION
EGirl Essay Contest - 50 years of Engineering in Society 3-5
6-8
9-12
Engineer Girl is a website devoted to showing girls how important and exciting engineering careers can be. The essay competition asks students to imagine ways in which engineering may change our lives in the next 50 years. Cash awards.
NASA's High School Aerospace Scholars 11 The High School Aerospace Scholars program is an interactive online learning experience. Coursework focuses on space exploration, and Texas certified teachers grade the activities. After students have completed coursework, they may be selected to attend a week-long, all expenses paid trip to Johnson Space Center in Houston.
FIRST Tech Challenge: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology 7-12 FIRST Tech Challenge: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
Texas Tech FIRST Tech Challenge 9-12 Teams design, build, and program robots for a sports-type challenge.
GEAR Robotics (Get Excited about Robotics) 3-8 Teams use LEGO® Mindstorms® robotics kits to build robots for a sports-type challenge.
MATHCOUNTS: Texas Society of Professional Engineers 6-8 MATHCOUNTS is a national program promoting math excellence. It motivates students to succeed in math and recognizes them for their achievements.
South Plains State Math & Science Competition 6-12 Contests test students' abilities in core math and science subject areas. Students also participate in an engineering design challenge.
West Texas BEST Competition (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) 6-12 Teams design a robot according to rules and with raw materials that are provided. Winning teams advance to state competition.
National Academy of Engineering 6-8
9-12
Engineering for You Video Contest. The contest opens around November 1 each year.
Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology 9-12 Students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school.
The Real World Design Challenge 9-12 Teams of high school students work on real world engineering challenges.
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 9-12 Students showcase their independent research and compete for awards.
The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition 7-12 Essays must be between 700 and 1,000 words and include research sources. Categories, guides, and tips may be found on the website.
Air Force Association's Cyberpatriot: National High School Cyber Defense Competition 9-12 This cyber defense competition is meant to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Verizon Innovative App Challenge 6-12 Teams of students work with an advisor to develop an original concept for a mobile app that incorporates STEM principles and content and addresses a real need or problem in their school or community.
Climate Change LIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure K-12 Climate Change LIVE deals with the reasons for and effects of climate change. The site contains activities for students plus grants for teachers, and contests for students.
NSTA Competitions K-12 Various competitions for teachers and for students.
Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Contest 6-12 Formerly known as the West Point Bridge Design Contest, this Internet-based competition provides middle and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering. The winning team receives a $5,000 cash scholarship, and all finalists will receive a notebook computer. The contest is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and The Army Educational Outreach Program.
Future City 6-8 Future City is "a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future." Find out more on their website. You can find specific regions by clicking on the "find my region" link at the very top of the page. There are regions in North Texas, the Houston area, Central Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, to name just a few. Lubbock's regional website is http://futurecity.org/texas-lubbock.
Doodle 4 Google K-12 Every year Google has a Doodle 4 Google contest. Class groups include grades K-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12. In 2015, the deadline to submit will be March 20, but submissions will not be accepted yet (as of October 2014). I will post an update to this description when I hear that the contest has opened for submissions.
Destination Imagination Challenge K-12 Destination Imagination offers project-based challenges that teach the creative process. "Annually, we offer seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning." You may also be interested in Texas Destination Imagination at http://www.texasdi.org/.
Texas Future Problem Solving Program K-12 Types of competition include Global Issues Problem Solving, Community Problem Solving, Scenario Writing, Presentation of Action Plan, and Creative Drama. The Texas State Bowl will be held April 24-26, 2015, at The Double Tree in Austin, and the topic will be Enhancing Human Potential.

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