STEM Competitions for K-12 Educators Educator competitions increase students’ interest and excitement for STEM

STEM Phenomena Lesson Plan Competition

Deadline: on or before 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time, Monday, October 31st.

STEM Competitions for K-12 Educators

Isn’t it fascinating how STEM phenomena such as the Fibonacci sequence or tessellations can be seen in the world around us? ORISE wants to know how you incorporate STEM phenomena into your lesson plans! Teachers of any grade or subject are invited to create a math or science lesson plan that incorporates any STEM phenomena for the opportunity to win a mini-grant! THREE teachers will be chosen to win mini-grants up to $1,500 dollars!

Prizes:

  • 1st Place: $1,500.00
  • 2nd Place: $1,000.00
  • 3rd Place: $500.00

Details:

  • Interested educators are invited to submit an original lesson plan to https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/STEMPhenomena.aspx by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, October 31, 2022.
  • To avoid plagiarism, please a submit lesson plan that you have written. We understand that many activities are developed by other teachers; just make sure that you put your own spin on the activity.
  • The lesson plan may focus on any topic as long as the lesson plan incorporates STEM phenomena.
  • Lesson plans should include the following:
    • lesson title
    • teacher name and school
    • target grade level
    • time required for lesson
    • standards/objectives
    • materials required
    • instructional steps for introduction, activities, and closure
    • assessment strategies
    • differentiation strategies
  • Lesson plans will be scored using a rubric, and winners will be announced late November!
  • Teachers must teach in the United States, a U.S. Territory, or a DoDEA school to be eligible to win.
  • Teachers are eligible to win 2 ORISE competitions in a 12 month period.

Note: Lesson plans submitted for the competition may be shared with other educators via the ORISE website. Plans are subject to revision and edits by ORISE staff before they are shared, so please submit in an editable format (Not PDF).

To view the current ORISE lesson plan library, visit https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/curriculum-for-the-classroom.html.

Previous ORISE Educator Competitions and Winners

 

Teachers, are you ready to sing? It’s time to get your creative juices flowing and energy pumping because Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to give you a chance to create a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) song. This song must contain original lyrics and be connected to at least one state or national education standard. Teachers of any grade level or subject are invited to submit a music video with lyrics. THREE teachers will win an iPad and a pair of Raycon wireless earbuds!

Prizes:

The three highest scoring teachers will receive the following prizes:

  • 1 iPad
  • 1 pair of Raycon wireless earbuds

Teachers! School is back in session and ORISE wants to help e-LAMINATE some of your back to school stress with our social media contest! Throughout the month of August, we want you to reflect on your teaching experience and tell us if you could go back and talk to yourself at the beginning of your teaching career, what advice would you give yourself? To enter the contest, follow ORISE on social media, fill out this (very short) survey, and comment your classroom tips/tricks on the post!

Winners:

  • Anna Caruso, NY, P.S. 127 THE MCKINLEY PARK SCHOOL
  • Anne Lavelle, OH, Beaumont School
  • Heather Wallace, TN, Jellico Elementary School

Prizes:

THREE randomly selected winners will receive a laminator with laminating supplies!

If you have any questions, please contact STEMEd@orau.org.

Teachers! Summer is here and what better time to learn more about the world! The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to see how you incorporate different cultures from around the world into your lesson plans. Teachers of any grade level or subject are invited to submit a STEM lesson plan that includes diverse cultures. THREE teachers who submit lesson plans will be selected to receive mini-grants up to $1,500 to help buy equipment for their classroom!

Winners:

  • Rebecca Van Duker, OR, Jacksonville Elementary School
  • Kenisha Spiller, FL, Glades Central High School
  • Melissa Poland, TN, Petros Joyner School

Prizes:

  • 1st place: $1,500 mini-grant
  • 2nd place: $1,000 mini-grant
  • 3rd place: $500 mini-grant

If you have any questions, please contact STEMEd@orau.org.

Teachers! School is starting soon and ORISE wants to help you get started and organized for the next year with our social media contest! Throughout the month of July, we want to know your most effective routines or strategies which help you to manage your time throughout the school year. 

Prizes:

THREE randomly selected winners will receive a time management kit containing a:

  • Fitbit Inspire 2 with a free 1 year Fitbit premium trial
  • Lesson Planner
  • Sunrise Alarm Clock

If you have any questions, please contact STEMEd@orau.org.

Teachers! School may be out for the summer but ORISE wants to help you jump start your back-to-school supplies list for next year with our social media contest! Throughout the month of June, we want to know your most effective classroom management strategies.

Winners:

Sydney Smallwood, Sweetwater High school, Sweetwater, TN
Annelise Holcomb, Bethlehem Lutheran School, Saginaw, MI
Jessica Bales, Andersonville Elementary School, Andersonville, TN

Prizes: THREE randomly selected winners received a school supplies kit to help restock their classroom!

If you have any questions, please contact STEMEd@orau.org.

We are inviting you to help ORISE celebrate 30 years of growth and innovation! Just like ORISE, technology is ever evolving and ORISE wants to help you bring new equipment into your classroom. Teachers of any grade level or subject are invited to create and submit a 30-second video creatively showing us a piece of equipment in your classroom that you would love to have updated and tell us how the update will affect your classroom! THIRTY winners will be awarded a prize, see breakdown below.

Prizes:

  • 3 WINNERS can choose a piece of equipment for your classroom up to $1,000
  • 5 WINNERS can choose a piece of equipment for your classroom up to $750
  • 7 WINNERS can choose a piece of equipment for your classroom up to $500
  • 15 WINNERS can choose a piece of equipment for your classroom up to $250

Winners:

$1000 Prize Level:

  • Mario de La Barrera, Hampden Elementary School, PA ( winning video)
  • Shirley McDonald, Ringgold Middle School - Catoosa County Public Schools, TN ( winning video)
  • Amy Truemper, Bednarcik Junior High School, IL ( winning video)

$750 Prize Level:

  • Beth Cantrell, Smithville Elementary School, TN
  • Lorrie Irwin, South Clinton and North Clinton Elementary, TN
  • Rebecca Layton, Karns Middle School, TN
  • Marcela, St. Onge, Stone Memorial High School, TN
  • Kristen Wilder, Gov. William Pitkin Elementary School, CT

$500 Prize Level:

  • Robert Bice, Model High School, GA
  • Shannon Burnett, Lewiston Elementary School, GA
  • Barry Farris, Columbia Academy, TN
  • Haley Gentry, Jefferson County High School, TN
  • Jeff Leider, Craig High School, WI
  • Laurelle Riola-Catbagan, Eleele Elementary School, HI
  • Jocelyn Virtudes, Blair G. Ewing Alt Center, MD

$250 Prize Level:

  • Alicia Adkins, Heritage High School, TN
  • Erica Anderson, Hillsboro High School, TN
  • Amber Ankrom, Walkersville Middle School, WV
  • Cheryl Burchett, Central High School, TN
  • Charles Canestaro, Cortland High School, NY
  • Sergio Estrada, Riverside High School, TX
  • Fredia Hilton, Elizabethton High School, TN
  • Kristy Hutson, Oak Ridge High School, TN
  • Luke McKinley, Martin Luther King, OH
  • Carol Ochsner, Monroe High School, WI
  • Andrea Roberson, Columbia Academy, TN
  • Jaclyn Simpson, Columbia Academy, TN
  • Sydney Smallwood, Sweetwater High School, TN
  • Michelle Strickland, Trigg County High School, KY
  • Denise Wright, Ocean Bay Middle, SC

Winners will be announced soon!

Teachers! Spring into the new season with the upcoming ORISE social media contest! Throughout the month of April, we want teachers to submit a list to us of the top 10 best online resources used by educators. 

Prizes: FIFTEEN randomly selected teachers will receive a $50 gift card to get supplies for your classroom!

If you have any questions, please contact STEMEd@orau.org.

Teachers! Here’s an opportunity for you to win supplies to aid in your Earth Science lessons! The grand prize is a Geology Teaching Kit with a variety of supplies to use in your classroom! ORISE wants to see how you teach Earth Science whether in a science class or integrated into another subject area. Teachers of any grade level or subject are invited to submit a lesson plan that includes Earth Science or geology. Three teachers will win a Geology Teaching Kit for their classroom!!

Winners:

  • Catherine Molder, TX, Lake Pointe Elementary School
  • Bryson Leftwich, TN, Robertsville Middle School
  • Jennifer Munsey, TN, West Middle School

Prizes: Geology Teaching Kit including a classroom set of rocks and minerals, mineral testing kits, a rock tumbler and MORE!

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an emerging technology in computer science. Preparing students for future careers in varying fields is important, no matter the subject or grade level that you teach, and a lesson on AI would be a great introduction for your students to a potential career field. ORISE wants to see how you include education about artificial intelligence in your classroom. Teachers of any grade level or subject are invited to submit an original STEM lesson plan that includes the topic of artificial intelligence.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Emily McDonald, TN, Red Bank High School

Prize: $1,500 mini-grant

Teachers, the year is fresh and new and we want to know someone who inspired you last year or someone who has continued to inspire you through the years. Throughout the month of January we want to know your answer to the question: Who is a STEM role model to you and why? 

Prizes: New Year, New Tune Gift Pack to get organized for this year that will include:

  • A Rocketbook Fusion
  • Bento Box Lunch Set
  • ORISE Tumbler
  • Echo Dot
  • LED Light Strip w/ Remote

Winners:

  • Allison Hardy, Hillwood High School, TN
  • Elaine Tilley, Monroe and Loudon Counties, TN
  • Srividhya Sundaram, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, NJ

Music is an amazing way to help student understand patterns, learn languages, and even reduce anxiety or stress. ORISE wants to see how you can incorporate music into a STEM lesson plan to help build a better understanding of a subject. All K-12 teachers are invited to create and submit a math or science lesson plan that incorporates music for a chance to win a mini-grant! Three teachers who submit lesson plans will be selected to receive mini-grants up to $1,500 to help buy equipment for their classroom!

Winners:

  • 1st Place: Megan Simmons, Green Magnet Academy, TN
  • 2nd Place: Melinda Rhyne, Sulphur Spring School, TN
  • 3rd Place:  Ashlie Arkwright, School for the Creative and Performing Arts at Bluegrass, KY

 

Teachers, December 2 is Special Education Day, a day to recognize huge leaps for special education laws! Differentiation is such a vital part in giving equal opportunities to all students, regardless of their ability levels! Throughout the month of December, we want to know what are ways that you support different learning styles and incorporate differentiation in your classroom?

Winners:

  • Cheryl Hullihen, NJ, Absegami High School
  • Susie Buckner, TN, Lenoir City Intermediate  Middle School
  • Jennifer Hobbs, TX, Molina High School

Makerspaces are fantastic for giving students the autonomy to be real-world problem solvers, developing their own solutions and then testing and improving them. Here’s an opportunity for you to win supplies to start your own classroom makerspace! The kit includes three 3D printers, a LEGO Robot Inventor Set, and three Sphero coding robots in addition to lots of great maker tools and supplies.

To win this awesome kit, ORISE wants to see how you incorporate empathy for others into a content-specific lesson plan. Empathy is the ability to understand another person’s point of view. Teachers of any grade level or subject are invited to submit a STEM lesson plan that incorporates empathy. Three K-12 teachers will win a fabulous classroom makerspace filled with maker tools and supplies!

Winners:

  • Jennifer McIntyre, TN, Goodlettsville Middle School
  • Aaron Burke, NY, South Avenue Elementary
  • Sharon Parks, TN, Midway Middle School

Prizes:

  • Three QIDI Tech I Mate 3D printer
  • LEGO Inventor Set
  • Three Sphero Coding Robots
  • Makerspace Tools and Supplies:
    • Construction paper, Origami paper, Cardboard sheets, glue, hot glue gun, exacto knifes, modeling clay with tools, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, sequins, googly eyes, feathers, toy wheels, duct tape, ribbon, etc..

Teachers, history is being made every second of every day, and there are so many fun ways to tie it to STEM! ORISE wants to see how you can incorporate history into one of your existing content specific STEM lesson plans. All K-12 teachers are invited to create and submit a math or science lesson plan that includes history for a chance to win a mini-grant! FOUR teachers, two who submit a math lesson plan and two who submit a science lesson plan, will be selected to receive mini-grants up to $1,000 to help buy equipment for their classroom!

Congratulations to the winners:

Math:

  • Lisa Rhinehart, AL, Duran North
  • David Black, UT, New Haven School

Science:

  • Alex Dzurick, MO, Rohan Woods School
  • Gretchen Gibson, WV, Morgantown High School

Teachers, throughout the month of August, we want to know with unlimited funding, how you would update your classroom! 

Congratulations to the winners:

  • Tim Sheley, OK, White Bead School
  • Kristen Wilder, CT, Gov. William Pitkin School
  • Laurelle Riola-Catbagan, HI, Eleele Elementary School

Teachers, June is National Great Outdoor month, and we want to celebrate with you! ORISE wants to see how you incorporate the outdoors into one of your existing content specific lesson plans. Teachers of any grade level or subject are invited to submit a STEM lesson plan that utilizes the outdoors. THREE teachers will be selected to win a mini-grant for their classroom up to $1,500! May the forest be with you!

Prizes:

  • 1st: $1,500 mini-grant
  • 2nd: $1,000 mini-grant
  • 3rd: $500 mini-grant

Teachers, the summer Olympics begins July 23 and we want to celebrate with you! Throughout the month of July we want to know your answer to this question: what are ways you can incorporate the summer Olympics or sports into your lesson plans? To enter the contest, follow @ORISEconnect on social media, fill out this (very short) survey, and comment your answer on the post!

Prizes:

THREE randomly selected teachers will receive a complete back to school classroom supplies pack and a portable projector!

Teachers! School may be out, but summer social media contests are just beginning! Throughout the month of June, we want to know over the summer, what are things you can incorporate into or remove from your life to help with teaching fatigue or burnout?

Winners:

  • Marcy Burns, Main Street Intermediate, Norwalk, Ohio
  • Jen Mernick, Ottoson Middle School, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Jennifer Garcia, Westmore Oaks, West Sacramento, California