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

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Winners announced soon! 

 

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? The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (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: 3D Pen with filament

3rd-5th grade winners: 3Doodler Start HEXBUG Creature Pen Set

6th-8th grade winners: M3D Micro+ Printer

9th-12th grade winners: M3D Micro+ Printer

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

Upcoming Competition

Past competitions and 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:

How many times have you been riding in the car humming, singing, or even dancing along to your favorite tune? Music is a force that moves and connects us all, but how is music connected to STEM? ORISE wants you to answer this question. We are asking that you create a music video of a self-written song that addresses at least one concept in STEM. This can be a remix to your favorite song, or you can make your own beats to groove to.

Grades 3-5 Winners:

Grades 6-8 Winners:

Grades 9-12 Winners:

  • Gabrielle D., GA video
  • Courtney M., GA
  • Ryan R., TNvideo

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 wanted to know how you would design a robot that could solve a problem that is important to you.

Winners:

Grades K-2 Division:

  1. Scarlett T., TN
  2. Shannon M., TN
  3. Alice G., TN

Elementary School Division:

  1. Pradyumna L., TN
  2. Baker L., KY
  3. David O., MD

Middle School Division:

  1. Anna H., TN
  2. Adithya S., TN
  3. Tabitha O.,MD

High School Division:

  1. Joseph R., FL
  2. Aidan M., MD
  3. Elissa L., IL

ORISE hosted a student challenge just for students in grades K-2! Have you ever wondered what animals do while the rest of the world is sleeping? We asked students to write a story and draw a picture telling us what you think bats do at night!

Winners:

  • 1st Place: Maya M., NJ
  • 2nd Place (tie): Natalie S., TN
  • 2nd Place (tie): Anandi L., MD

How do you review for a test? With a game, of course! ORISE asked students to use their favorite coding software (such as Scratch, hopscotch, swift, or others) to create a review game to prepare for an end of the year test in any subject area.

Winners:

Grades 3-5:

  • Alexander A., MD
  • Rebecca V., MI

Grades 6-8:

  • Jensen C., IL
  • Clara S., TN
  • Tabitha O., MD

Grades 9-12:

  • Adam B., TN

Did you know that one of the best ways to learn something is to teach it to someone else? The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants you to try it out! We are asking that you create a 1-2 minute original presentation that creatively explains or demonstrates a scientific concept of your choice to a student younger than you. SIX prizes will be awarded—two for the K-5 grade category, two for the 6-8 category, and two for the 9-12 grade category.

Winners K-5:

  • 1st Place: Lydia D. from NC
  • 2nd Place: Bethany D. from NC

Winners 6-8:

  • 1st Place: Myley N. from TN
  • 2nd Place: Vineeta S. from TN

Winners 9-12:

  • 1st Place: Anna M. from KS
  • 2nd Place: Miranda D. from FL

While drones can take really interesting photos and are fun to learn to maneuver through the air, did you know that drones have become very common in the workplace? Real Estate agents use them to take photos of property, Amazon is planning to deliver packages with drones, and the NFL uses them to capture video to analyze. So, how are drones being used in the STEM workforce? Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) asked students to create a 1-2 minute presentation that discusses at least 3 uses of drones in STEM field.

Grades 6-8 Winners:

  • 1st Place: Sophie L., TN
  • 2nd Place: Libby S., VA
  • 3rd Place: Kaylee M., TN

Grades 9-12 Winners:

  • 1st Place: Nitin S., NY
  • 2nd Place: Kaylie G., TN
  • 3rd Place: Alyssa V., TN

How many times have you come across a problem in your life that could be solved with creating a solution that could be 3D printed? What about a problem in society? Do you think you can design a 3D model that can solve a real-world problem? In November of 2018, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wanted to know how students would design a 3D model that can solve a problem that is important to them

Grades 6-8 Winners:

  • 1st Place: Jensie C., IL
  • 2nd Place: Samuel J., CO
  • 3rd Place: Maclean S., TN

Grades 9-12 Winners:

  • 1st Place: Kimberly S., TN
  • 2nd Place: Alexandra S, TN
  • 3rd Place: William C, TN

Do you think you can design a machine? We want to know how you would design a machine that solves a problem important to you! Tell us your important problem and explain the engineering design process of creating your machine, and you could win a prize! TEN prizes will be awarded to students—five for the K-3rd grade category and five for the 4th–6th grade category.

Prizes for the top five K–3rd grade winners: Code-and-Go Mouse

Prizes for the top five 4th-6th grade winners: Sphero

Examples of existing machines:

  • Electric motor
  • Scissors
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Lawn mower
  • Typewriter

Harvesting renewable energy is an emerging field with many potential future career opportunities. ORISE wants students to get a small introduction to this field by designing an instrument or device that harvests ambient energy and transforms it into usable energy! Use the engineering design process to guide your creation beginning with identifying a problem and ending with a novel instrument that harvests and transforms energy!

Winners:

  • 7-9 grade winner: Jake from TN
  • 10-12 grade winner: Kaitlyn Daniels

Science has long inspired art. Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci studied human anatomy extensively before he painted the Mona Lisa? Did you know that Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein was inspired and written during a dreary, cold summer in 1815, when one of the strongest volcanic eruptions—Mount Tambora—spewed ejecta that blocked out the sun and cooled the atmosphere? Today, countless artists are motivated by innovative technology, limitless natural phenomena, and new scientific discoveries!

April is National Poetry Month, and to honor STEAM’s (STEM + Art) long history, ORISE is sponsoring a science-poetry competition for all current high school students, university students, and all ORISE participants, including post-associate’s, post-bachelor’s, post-master’s, and postdoctoral levels!

Winners:

High School students

  • 1st place: Jeannette, 17 (How I feel about space)
  • 2nd place: Ivy, 16 (Two voices of STEAM)
  • 3rd place: Elissa, 16 (The world of genetics)
  • Honorable mention: Rocco, 16 (Singing)
  • Honorable mention: Matthew, 16 (The fly on the wall)
  • Honorable mention: Joanna, 18 (The conscious mind)

University students

  • 1st place: Kaila Noland (Vacationing as a crab)
  • 2nd place: Ashley Humphrey (Science is a verb)
  • 3rd place: Kathleen Gillespie (Biome, sweet biome)

ORISE participants

  • 1st place: Michaela Cashman (The ocena blues)
  • 2nd place: David Sapiro (The rusty bells)
  • 3rd place: Eric Popczun (Chlorine's ode)
  • Honorable mention: Hannah C. Gunderman (The black dog)
  • Honorable mention: Kate Jones (What does an earthworm taste like?)
  • Honorable mention: Brandon McAdams (No one is allowed to enter but her)

In February, ORISE asked students to follow the engineering design process to design a robot that solves a real-world problem. Congratulations to our grand-prize, runner-up, and judge’s choice winners!

Grand prize winners

Kayden from MD: RoboCare: Customized Healthcare at Your Service

Adithya from TX: The HYDRObot

Runners-up

Kyle from TN: The Easy Opener

DeWayne from TN: Robotic Seeing Eye Dog

Grace from TN: BinkyBot

Christina from TN: Robots: Unsanitary Water in LDCs

Ayush from TX: FRNDBot(not posted)

Cody from TN: The MailBot

Gregory from TN: Personal Health Care Robot

Jalen from TN: I <3 Robots

Hannah, Andrew, and Ethan from TN: Gas-Bot

Judge’s choice

Kashvi from KS: I <3 Robot: Dog & Drone

Allie from TN: Reducing Unnecessary Shelter Deaths

In our November contest, students were encouraged to get creative for a chance to win a Flip Flop stunt drone! Participants in the contest entered by describing a science topic and used technology to present their ideas.

Congratulations to our grand-prize and runner-up winners!

John from Tennessee: Drone Laws

Daniel from Maryland: Airfoil Technology

Evelyn from Maryland: Drones and GPS

Gabe from Tennessee: Drone Project

Kayden from Maryland: Vessel Watch

Jacob from Kansas: How Drones Move

Omar from Tennessee: Aerodynamics of a Flying Drone

William from Kansas: Gyroscopes in Drones

Calvin from Tennessee: Parts of a Drone and How it Works