Applied Learning: STEM + Computer Science Programs

Science Contests

Science Contests – General

For BCPS students only competitions (e.g. Science Fair, SECME, etc.) go to the Student Competitions link

P3 Eco-Challenge for BCPS public and charter schools and individuals!!! Is your school green? Are your staff members environmentally conscious? Do you want to win cash awards and bragging rights for years to come? Then enter your school and/or staff members in the Broward P3 Eco-Challenge! We want to recognize and reward schools, teachers, students, non-instructional and custodial staff for their efforts to learn about and implement environmentally sustainable measures and green initiatives within their schools and communities.  Sponsored by BCPS and its partners. To learn more, click here!

Additional contest within the P3 Eco-Challenge – Water Matters PSA Contest.  Create a: 30 second PSA video with the focus #watermattersWater Conservation: what can students do? This contest seeks to inspire and empower students to educate others about the importance of water conservation. What does every day water conservation look like to you?  Must show water conservation-minded behavior happening at schools and include water conservation facts. The winning school will win a water bottle filler and the winning team will win an additional prize.

Model Water Tower Competition – This competition provides students with a fun-filled, science oriented competition aimed at introducing high school and middle school students to engineering and the water profession. The competition requires students to design and build a water tower with specific size and height requirements. The models are judged based on 4 categories including: cost efficiency, hydraulic efficiency, structural efficiency, and design ingenuity. All of the specific requirements for the water tower model judging are defined in the Judging Handout, and their associated scoring factors are listed within 2016 MWTC_packetREGION_VI – student handouts.  See also: 2016 MWTC_packetREGION_VI – Letter to schools and parents.  Every contestant will receive a Certificate of Participation from FSAWWA. Cash Prizes will be awarded to the 3 Top Overall Models (based on the lowest accumulated score).

Cover Contest from Broward Education Foundation – Submit your student’s artwork for our Annual IMPACT Idea Expo cover design contest.  The winning artwork will be included on all the IMPACT materials including the Idea Expo cover which is sent to 16,000 teachers, CD cover, event poster and two event programs.   The winning cover design’s class will receive a $50 gift certificate to a store of the teacher’s choice.~ The student’s whose cover design wins will receive art supplies from Tools for Schools Broward.  The winner will be recognized at our IMPACT Idea Expo which will be held at Nova Southeastern University.    See details here: BEFcoverDesignContest

The Broward County Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division, in partnership with the the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Broward County School Board is launching its annual School Flag Program.  The Broward AQI School Flag Program helps children, parents, the community and school personnel become aware of daily outdoor air quality conditions using brightly colored flags. Each day, a flag is raised in front of participating schools that signal the level of air pollution for that day and will be followed up with a mention during the school’s morning announcements. The flag colors correspond to the colors used in EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI), which tells how clean or polluted the air is for that day. When members of the school and the surrounding community know what the daily air quality is, they can adjust their activities to reduce their exposure to air pollution. Regular physical activity – at least 60 minutes a day – promotes health and fitness. The purpose of the school flag program is to help children continue to exercise while protecting their health when the air quality is unhealthy. Green indicates good air quality, yellow is moderate, and orange means unhealthy for sensitive groups (such as children and those with asthma).

Environmental Clean Up/Conservation Projects Scholarship – The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ (officially recognized by the U.S. EPA) has engaged tens of thousands of young volunteers (kids, teens, and college-age youth) from around the world in environmental cleanup and conservation projects since 1999. Apply to the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship –

Future City – Middle school competition – NOTE: There is a $25 per organization fee (includes SIM City software).  The competition is made up of five components. Teams are judged and scored on each one and can earn up to 290 points. The Virtual City Design, Research Essay, and City Narrative are all due before the Regional Competitions. The Model and Team Presentation is judged at the Regional Competitions. At Regionals, scores from all five components will be added together to determine the top team. The 1st place team in each region will advance to National Finals held in Washington, DC. (Note: Airfare, hotel accommodations, and a number of meals are paid for by the Future City Competition.

STEM Video Game Challenge:  Create video games to teach a concept in math and science. to create your games.

Potato Chip Challenge:  An annual contest – engineer a package for a single potato chip and be matched with a school. Mail your chip and receive a chip to judge.

The National Wildlife Federation’s Young Reporters for the Environment USA competition invites students between the ages of 13-21 to investigate an environmental issue in their community and report on it in an article, photo or photo essay, or short video. National winners’ entries proceed to the international competition, joining those of students from more than 25 countries around the world.

NSTA/Exploravision: Imagine the future! Small groups K – 12 take a technology and problem that exists today and imagine what future technology could help with the problem.

Siemens/ We Can Change Challenge: Change the world! Similar to the Disney Planet Challenge. Create solutions to environmental problems that impact the world.

Broward County Air Quality Department: Monthly newsletters and an annual poster contest.

CDC Poster Design Contest – Be Heads Up About Concussion Safety – CDC’s Injury Center is asking kids and teens to send in posters they create on concussion safety. Using concussion safety key messages created by CDC, or creating their own, kids and teens can draw, paint, or use a computer to design a poster.

Doodle 4 Google: Annual contest from Google with a different theme each year.

SHADE Foundation: Sun Safety poster contest (and grant opportunity too!).

Spirit of Innovation Challenge High school team competitionUsing science, technology, engineering and math skills, teams develop innovative products to help solve global and local problems while supporting global sustainability. As part of the program, the Conrad Challenge matches participants with world-renowned scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs as mentors to assist with advanced academic and business principles.

Zero Robotics6-12 team competitions and Open Challenge for everyone – A robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Station. The competition starts online, on this website, where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Participants can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut will conduct the championship competition in microgravity with a live broadcast!