1) North South foundation
Educational Contests organized by NSF in the US are designed to encourage academic excellence among Indian American children. We conduct spelling, vocabulary, math, essay writing, public speaking, brain bee and geography bees. Some of the NSF children have achieved top ranks in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, MATHCOUNTS and National Geographic Bee.
2) The Wistar Institute-Summer Fellowship Program in Biomedical Research:
Wistar’s Summer Fellowship Program in Biomedical Research provides an opportunity for students to enhance their understanding of current biological/biomedical theory and research tools and techniques at a nationally recognized nonprofit research institution.
3) Pennsylvania Envirothon
Hundreds of teachers and professionals throughout Pennsylvania guide high school students through this natural resource environmental education program that combines classroom learning and outdoor activities. This exposure to nature and seeing how humans impact the natural world provide invaluable lessons for understanding ecosystems and our environment.
4) Future City
Philadelphia Regional Future City Competition is a 501.c.3 educational outreach program of National Engineers Week. It is one of 40 Regional programs conducted throughout the country with the goal to introduce middle school students to the engineering profession. Students in middle schools in the Delaware Valley form teams who work with a teacher and an engineer mentor.
The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program provides the extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve more in mathematics. Consisting of fun and creative problems, the MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components. Though challenging and non-routine, the competition problems
focus on the 6th through 8th grade standards of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics. MATHCOUNTS is run by each of the PSPE and NJSPE chapters. Each chapter can use volunteers and financial support to produce the competition.
6) Philadelphia FIRST:
FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. There are four components: FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, Jr. FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League. The FIRST Regional Director, Don Bowers, can help connect volunteers with teams that need help. More information available on their website.
7) Engineers Without Borders – Mid-Atlantic Professionals:
The village of Apatut, a 150-household community located approximately 200 miles north of Manila in the Philippines, is in need of a new potable water supply. Most residents obtain water from shallow wells within the village, resulting in a prevalence of diseases typically associated with poor quality drinking water. “Water for Life” has assisted Apatut in forming a water cooperative to oversee construction and maintenance of the water system, as well as the activities leading up to its construction. EWB-MAP will design and assist in the construction of the new water supply for the community. The design includes, a new deep well at the water source, storage tank sized for one day’s worth of water, submersible electric pump, a sloped distribution pipeline, water treatment (if necessary) and distribution piping.
8) Delaware Valley Science Fairs:
Delaware Valley Science Fairs, Inc. (DVSF) was founded in 1949 and incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 1993, making it one of the oldest Fairs in the country. It is now also one of the largest. The Fairs were designed as a vehicle for stimulating interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among students in middle and high
schools in the tri-state area. The philosophy behind the Fairs is that students learn science by doing science. DVSF provides an opportunity for students to excel and reach their full potential fostering intellectual curiosity and creative problem solving – essential skills for future innovation.
9) Build a House Contest
The Build A House…Build A Dream! Contest for Kids is an annual event hosted by Delaware Valley Habitat for Humanity. The contest raises both awareness of the need for affordable housing and funds for local Habitat homebuilding programs. This competition for 5th grade students from schools across the Delaware Valley is held in March. For information on how to participate as a contestant, volunteer or judge or be a sponsor, visit website.
10) The Philadelphia Boosting Engineering Science & Technology (BEST) (http://www.bestinc.org)
The Philadelphia Boosting Engineering Science & Technology (BEST) Competition involves student teams from middle schools, high schools, home schools, community colleges, and universities in different levels of robotic sophistication and mission requirements. In addition to being fun and educational, these competitions connect students and educators with employers and working professionals from marine industries, highlight marine-related career opportunities, and promote the development of technical, problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork skills.
11) MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education): (http://www.marinetech.org)
MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) is an international underwater ROV competition for 6 through 12 grade students. The Pennsylvania competition is generally held in May in the SE Pennsylvania area. This STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity builds students? problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and technical skills. By connecting students with employers and professionals from the workplace, the competitions also expose students to ocean-related career opportunities and help them to see the pathways to those careers. Competition and judging categories include Poster Display, Engineering Evaluation, Technical Report, and Robot Missions. Teams can register at www.MATErover.org! Contact MATE Pennsylvania Regional Coordinator Velda Morris at Velda Morris to get more information about getting involved in this wonderful and enriching activity!
12) SOUTH JERSEY REGIONAL BRAIN BEE
This is a unique opportunity for the high school students in South Jersey and surrounding areas to compete for attractive prizes and show off their knowledge in Neurosciences. The first-ever competition is initiated this year through co- operation between educational institutions, non-profit organizations and business leaders in the area. The winner of the competiotion will represent the SJBB in the National and, potentially, International Brain Bee.
13) The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology (http://www.siemens-foundation.org/en/competition.htm)
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. It is administered by The College Board and funded by the Siemens Foundation.
14. Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for over $3 million annually. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12.
15. Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program
JSHS is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Opportunities for hands-on workshops, panel discussions, career exploration, research lab visits and networking are planned.
16. Chemistry Olympiad Competition for High School Students
This competition is for high school chemistry students. The program is multi- tiered, meaning it starts on a local level and end as a worldwide competition with big prize potential! It begins with your local school or community where local officials of the American Chemical Society coordinate and administer exams. Those coordinators choose nominees for the national competition, and national winners can compete with students from 60 nations.
17. DuPont Challenge© Science Essay Competition
Writing is an important skill for scientists, so this competition is designed for science students at least 13 years of age who can craft a great essay. This competition is unique because students are judged on the originality of their ideas, but also on things like writing style, organization, and voice. The competition is open to students in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
18. International BioGENEius Challenge.
This competition is designed to recognize outstanding research in biotechnology. Finalists showcase their talent and research before a prestigious panel of expert biotech judges and have the opportunity to win up to $7,500 in cash awards.
Jointly sponsored by Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), ExploraVision encourages collaboration by restricting the competition to group projects. Although all participants win gifts and discounts, the top four teams receive US Savings Bonds worth $10,000 for each student
20. Google Science Fair.
The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 13-18 from around the globe. Beginning with online submissions, this competition invites young scientists from all over the world to compete for up to $50,000 in scholarships as well as a trip to the Galapagos Islands sponsored by National Geographic. Finalists are invited to Google Headquarters to present their projects before expert judges.
21. The Davidson Institute
The Davidson Institute is dedicated to supporting profoundly gifted young people, their families and the educators who serve them, through our scholarships, summer camp and free consulting services.
22. Discovery Young Scientist Challenge (DYSC):
Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge encourages young people to solve everyday problems using science and innovation. When you are working in the field of science, the opportunities are endless! Look around you – science is everywhere. Your innovative ideas just may revolutionize the way we live.
23. Young Naturalist Awards:
This program from the American Museum of Natural History and sponsored by Alcoa Corporation is a research-based essay contest for students in grades 7–12 to promote participation and communication in science