STEM Competitions for K-12 Students Show us your STEM smarts to win cool technology

Share your Knowledge Student Challenge

STEM Competitions for K-12 Students

Deadline: before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, May 31st

CALLING ALL STUDENTS!!

ORISE wants you to share your passion. The details below contain instructions to share this favorite topic, whether it is related to history, science, art, sports, or anything else. TWELVE prizes will be awarded – three for K-2nd grade, three for 3rd-5th grade, three for 6th-8th grade, and three for 9th-12th.

Prizes for Winners:

Winners will be given the opportunity to spend $200 on an approved STEM prize. See below for some ideas and ORISE’s favorite STEM prizes.

  • Telescope
  • Microscope
  • Coding Robots
  • Chemistry Sets
  • Rock Tumblers

Details:

  • For K-2nd grade, the student should fill out this worksheet to explain their favorite thing!
  • For 3rd-12th grade, the student should create an activity, game, or puzzle to introduce a topic of their choice to other classmates and submit a video no longer than 3 minutes explaining the activity.
  • Topics for the activity can be anything appropriate for sharing online that is of interest to the student. This doesn’t have to be something learned in school or focused on any particular topic.
  • If your submission is a link (example WeVideo, Vimeo, or GoogleDoc), please make sure the privacy and sharing settings allow reviewers to access it. If it is not accessible, it may not be scored.
  • Do not include your last name on your worksheet or video, just first name and state. You can put your personal information on the submission form, but for your privacy when we upload, we will need your worksheet or video without personal identification.
  • Projects must be submitted on the following form: https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/Maystudentcomp2022.aspx
  • K-2nd grade projects will be graded based on this rubric.
  • 3rd-12th grade projects will be graded based on this rubric.
  • Winners will be announced in June.
  • You must be a student in a U.S., U.S. territory, or DoDEA School.
  • Students in any schooling situation, including public, private, and homeschool are eligible to enter the competition.
  • Students are eligible to win 2 ORISE competitions in a 12 month period.

How to Enter:

  • To enter the contest, complete the form at https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/Maystudentcomp2022.aspx and attach your file. Make sure you include your parent or guardian’s contact information so we can get their permission to post your file on our website. The contest opens on Sunday, May 1, 2022. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

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

Upcoming Competition

Past competitions and winners

Have you ever wanted to write your own book? Here is your chance to show off your creativity through writing! The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is asking that you create a science fiction story that is within the maximum pages for your grade band (found in details below). Winners will receive prizes to help spark your creativity and writing skills! TWELVE prizes will be awarded with three winners per grade band.

Winners:

K-2:

  • Rajanya P., OR
  • Srishti D., NJ
  • Zoe V., VA

3-5:

  • Ellie Kate M., TN
  • Alison R., TN
  • Scarlett Y., CA

6-8:

  • Grant K., TN
  • Sophia C., NJ
  • Makenna B. CA

9-12:

  • Ximing L., MD
  • Elaina C., TN
  • Noah S., TN

Prizes

K-2nd grade:

  • Illustory Book Making Kit
  • Tall Tales Story Telling Board Game
  • Desk Lamp Book Light
  • Leather Journal

3rd -5th grade:

  • Illustory Book Making Kit
  • Tall Tales Story Telling Board Game
  • Desk Lamp Book Light
  • Leather Journal

6th-8th grade:

  • The Writers Toolbox
  • Wreck this Journal
  • Desk Lamp Book Light
  • Leather Journal

9th-12th grade:

  • The Writers Toolbox
  • Wreck this Journal
  • Desk Lamp Book Light
  • Leather Journal

Congrats to the Winners!

Women have made many great discoveries and paved the way for young women all over the world to purse STEM related careers. February 11th is a day dedicated to celebrating women in STEM careers! The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to hear from all K-12 students about a woman in STEM who inspires you! We are asking that you create a poster that creatively identifies a female STEM role model. 

Prizes

K-2nd grade: iPad and Osmo Kit

3rd-5th grade: iPad and Teleplay Family Edition

6th-12th grade: iPad mini, Apple Pencil, and Teleplay Family Edition

Winners

K-2 winners

3-5 winners

6-8 winners

9-12 winners

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

January 17th is Kid Inventors’ Day! This month, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to celebrate with all K-12 students by letting them express their creativity and problem solving skills through an invention. We are asking that you use the engineering design process and develop your own invention to solve a problem in your community. TWELVE prizes will be awarded with three winners per grade band.

Winners:

K-2 winners

  • Shritha C., K
  • Rajanya P., 1st
  • Olivia E., 2nd

3-5 winners

  • Colin M., 3rd
  • Rylee S., 4th
  • Katerin U., 5th

6-8 winners

  • Harmony C., 8th
  • Maya T., 8th
  • Aspen S., 8th

9-12 winners

  • Dhruv P., 11th

 

Do you ever stop and think about what happens around you from day to day? Do you wonder how things work and why they work that way? Here is your chance to dive deeper into these great thoughts you have and find some answers! The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) invites you to observe the world around you and document what you find! We are asking that you spend time examining the world and create a journal or a blog documenting your discoveries! 

Winners:

K-2 winners

  • Evangeline P., TN
  • Luna T., AL

3-5 winners

  • Kaya C., IL
  • Eilidh R., TN

6-8 winners

  • Haasini C., TN
  • Amiya P., TN
  • Abner S., NY

9-12 winners

  • Lucas H., FL
  • Allegra C., CA
  • Calvin D., CA

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

Movies always have the coolest and craziest things happening, but are they always realistic? Well, grab your fuzzy blankets, popcorn, and get ready to kick back your feet, because ORISE wants you to watch a movie and find out! We are asking that you pick a scene from a film and research the science behind it. You can then explain whether this scene is scientifically possible or not for a chance to win an awesome prize!

Winners:

K-2nd grade:

3rd-5th grade:

6th-8th grade:

9th-12th grade:

Tie up your shoes, stick on your hat, and toss on your backpack, because ORISE is asking you to go on an adventure! ORISE wants you to explore an obscure phenomenon in a faraway land! We are asking that you create a 1-2 minute original presentation that creatively explains a phenomenon that occurs outside of your state and any interesting history or folklore connected to it.

Winners:

K-2nd grade:

3rd-5th grade:

6th-8th grade:

9th-12th grade:

May is national Mental Health Awareness month, and ORISE wants to celebrate it with you! Research has shown that engaging in activities that promote positive reflecting behavior reduced negativity bias and resulted in a promotion of wellbeing in individuals. Furthermore, other research has shown that by practicing gratitude, individuals can train the brain to attend selectively to positive emotions and reduce anxiety and feelings of apprehension.

Winners K-2nd

Winners 3-5th

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

May is national Mental Health Awareness month, and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to celebrate it with you! This month, ORISE is challenging all Grades 6-12 students to commit to an activity that may improve mental health for one week and tell us about it. 

Winners 6th-8th

Winners 9th-12th

  • Nidheesh S., TX  
  • Rhea K., MO

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

Whether it be a fun imaginary fantasy or a wild true tale, ORISE believes that everyone has a story to tell and we want to hear yours! We are asking that you create a STEM short story for a chance to win an awesome literary prize. 

Winners:

K-2nd

3rd-5th

6th-8th

9th-12th

February 21-27 is national engineering week, and we want to celebrate with you! Throughout the month of February, we want to hear your best engineering ideas. Imagine that you are an engineer with unlimited materials. What would you design to help others in your community?

Winner: Atharva K., NJ

How many times have you come across a problem in your life that could be solved with the help of a robot? What about a problem in society? Do you think you can design a robot that can solve a real-world problem? Well, now is your chance! ORISE wants you to design a robot that could help solve a problem in your life or community! We are asking that you design a robot that can solve a problem that is important to you. It is not necessary that you actually build the robot; it’s only necessary that you explain through a presentation the engineering design process that you would follow and include some sort of animation or drawing of your robot. 

Congratulations to the Winners:

K-2nd:

3rd -5th

6th-8th

9th-12th

Wait a minute Doc, are you telling me you built a time machine?! Well no, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pretend we’re in the future! Grab your lab coats and goggles, it’s time to get into character because ORISE wants you to tell us all about your dream future STEM job! For this competition, you will pick a specialized occupation and tell us all about it. 

Winners!

9th-12th:

6th-8th:

3rd-5th:

K-2nd:

Students can make a difference in their communities! One former ORISE competition winner, Lydia Denton did just that when she designed a car seat device that notifies parents and emergency officials when the temperature inside a car reaches 102 degrees. This invention could help save many children who have accidentally been left in their car seats. Do you see a problem in your community that you could solve? ORISE wants you to design and build a prototype of your solution for a chance to win a 3D Pen or M3D Micro+ Printer! If you think you are up for this challenge, enter Build the Future Student Challenge! today! EIGHT prizes will be awarded—two for each grade band.

K-2nd Grade Winners:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

9th-12th Grade Winners:

Have you ever been frustrated while performing an experiment or analyzing data? Don’t worry, so have the majority of all scientists. However, a way to help with this frustration is the scientific process, and ORISE wants you to try it out! Construct your own experiment and document the scientific process, making sure to highlight the observation, question, hypothesis, prediction, test, analysis, and conclusion. Then create a 1-2 minute original presentation that creatively explains or demonstrates the scientific process you experienced when constructing your own experiment. 

2nd-5th Grade Winners:

6th-8th Grade Winners:

  • Aaden Y., TN
  • Madisyn R., TN 

9th-12th Grade Winners:

Save the Earth Grades K-2 Challenge

Earth Day is April 22! How are you planning on celebrating? ORISE wants to know what you can do to save the earth! Would you recycle? Water plants? Turn off electricity? Throw trash away? You tell us! Write a story and draw a picture telling us what you would do to save the earth! You may use the template provided to write and draw your story.

Grades K-2 Winners:


Save the Earth Grades 3-12 Challenge

What can you do as a student to save the earth this Earth Day? What can you do to make a positive impact? ORISE wants to know! We are asking that you create a campaign encouraging others your age to save the earth from environmental threats like pollution, deforestation, and resource depletion! Explain to us what you would want to do to save the earth and why and create a presentation of your choice to encourage others your cause is important. You can use any medium you would like including, but not limited to, infographic, commercial, animation, video, brochure, PowerPoint, persuasive paper, etc.

Grades 3-5 Winners:

Grades 6-8 Winners:

Grades 9-12 Winners:

K-2nd Grade Students: I ♡ Technology Challenge

ORISE is hosting a student challenge just for students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade! Do you love using technology? What is your favorite thing to do with technology? Write a short story telling us about your favorite technology and draw a picture of you with the technology! You may use the template provided to write and draw your story.

Winners:

7-12th Grade Students: I ♡ VR Research Challenge

Do you think virtual reality would spice up your classes? It’s your turn to convince us! ORISE wants your thoughts! Tell us why and how virtual reality should (or could) be used in the classroom! You can use any medium you would like including, but not limited to, infographic, commercial, animation, video, brochure, PowerPoint, persuasive paper, etc. Make your stance and you could be one of THREE winners to receive your own Oculus Go Headset! (Note: due to the manufacturer’s health and safety warnings, no submissions from students under 13 years old will be accepted.)

Prizes: THREE winners will receive an Oculus Go Headset!

Winners: