Student Presentation Venues
The following competitions might work out nicely to try out the projects you have worked on this semester in a competitive setting.
Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
Video Entries submitted in April. Judging begins May and semi-finalists announced in June. Finalists announced in October.
Students, grades 5-8, are invited to create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovative solution that could solve an everyday problem. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills. Thousands of students nationwide have participated in the competition and winners have gone on to do some amazing things; including speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation's top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences. Each national finalist earns an exclusive summer mentorship with a 3M scientist to complete a summer “innovation” assignment. Together they will work virtually through pre-assigned objectives with resources and support provided by Discovery Education and 3M. In the fall, 10 finalists will receive a trip to St. Paul, Minnesota, during which they will present their completed "innovation" to a panel of judges. In addition, they will compete in a series of scored scientific challenges during the live event. Finalists will be judged on their scientific problem solving, innovation and ingenuity, and communication skills. The highest scoring finalist earns the title America’s Top Young Scientist and wins $25,000 and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Costa Rica!
ExploraVision by Toshiba and NSTA
Submissions due February 1 and finalists announced in May.
The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision science competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students to envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology. Beyond engaging in problem solving, team-based learning, critical thinking, and communication skills, ExploraVision aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards.
Conrad Foundation- Spirit of Innovation Challenge
Only for 13 years old and up. For groups of 2-5 students. Open entries submitted from August to October.
The Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge invites high school students and their coaches (teachers, parents) to Get Their Genius On during its annual competition. Using 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. Student teams compete for awards and recognition, including a chance to attend the annual Innovation Summit where they will present their products and vie for seed grants, patent support and commercial opportunities.
Verizon Innovation App Challenge
For middle and high school students. Open entries submitted from August to November.
For middle and high school students. Registration begins in August-December, but the submission process ends in February.
A compilation of various challenges open to US students.
Google Science Fair
Only for 13 years old and up. Only teams of three people MAX. Consider entering this competition as an extension of the project you worked on during the semester. Your entry should not be the exact project you submit to the SEARCH class. Open call to entries go from February to May. Regional Finalists announced in June and Global Finalists announced in August. Finalist Events and Voter's Choice Awards Ceremony in September.
OPPORTUNITIES TO ADVANCE YOUR BUSINESS EDUCATION:
For ages 11-15 years old. Summer time only beginning mid-June to August in two-week intense, but fun, summer experiences. Stanford and San Mateo locations available.
Learn entrepreneurial skills from real world business leaders, including product design thinking, finance, marketing and sales tools; essential to make your business a success. Work with company founders and CEOs to design an actual product and pitch your business plan at Microsoft. This is a great extension program for the SEARCH class.