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

ORISE is hosting two separate competitions for students this month. Find the K-5th grade competition below.

6th-12th Graders: Into an Alternate Universe Student Challenge

STEM Competitions for K-12 Students

Deadline: on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, November 30th

Have you ever heard of the Butterfly Effect? This effect was originally proposed by a meteorologist named Edward Lorenz; the idea was that the smallest flap of a butterfly’s wings can cause great consequences such as a storm. In other words, one small change to a system can redirect the entire course of future events. For instance, what if Alexander Fleming had never discovered penicillin? Many people would have died, and medicine would not have advanced to the degree it did. This highly influenced the course of human events. ORISE wants to know YOUR “what if.” It is November and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so ORISE wants you to ask yourself “what STEM discovery am I thankful for? What if it was never discovered? How would the world be different without it?” Show us your thoughts by researching a discovery or invention and creating a movie poster demonstrating what the world would look like without the STEM discovery of your choice for a chance to win the prizes listed below!

There will be a total of 6 winners, 3 from the 9th-12th grade entries and 3 from the 6th-8th grade entries who will receive the prize bundle below.

Prizes

  • iPad Mini
  • Apple Pencil
  • Spero Bolt

Details:

  • The movie poster should include the following:
    • Name of STEM discovery or invention
    • The name of the scientist or inventor responsible for the discovery or invention
    • Be engaging and thematic
    • Clearly convey how the world would be and what it would look like without the STEM discovery or invention
  • In addition to the poster, submit a document with at least 2 citations listing your sources.
  • If your submission is a link (example WeVideo, Vimeo, or Google), 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 presentation- 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 presentation without personal identification.
  • Projects must be submitted on the following form: https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/IntoanAlternateUniverse.aspx
  • 6th-12th movie posters will be graded based on the following rubric (.docx, 21kb).
  • Winners will be announced late December.
  • 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/IntoanAlternateUniverse.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 Tuesday, November 1, 2022. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
  • If you have any questions, please contact: STEMEd@orau.org

   

K-5th Graders: Attitude of Gratitude: What STEM discovery am I thankful for?

STEM Competitions for K-12 Students

Deadline: on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, November 30th

3rd-5th Grade

ORISE wants to know what scientific discovery or invention YOU are thankful for! It is November and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Ask yourself “what STEM discovery am I thankful for and why? How has it helped me and other people?” We want you to show us your thoughts by creating a poster demonstrating the STEM discovery of your choice, the scientist/inventor of that discovery, and why you are thankful for it. Enter for a chance to win the prizes listed below!

K-2nd Grade

What scientific discovery or invention are you thankful for? Are you thankful for cars? Your EpiPen? The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education wants to know what you are thankful for and why. Show and tell us about the STEM discovery for which you are thankful, who discovered or invented it, and why you are thankful for it for. You can do this by completing the worksheet provided in the “Details” section of this post for a chance to win the listed prizes below! If you need more space, feel free to attach pages or complete the project requirements without using the worksheet.

There will be a total of 6 winners, 3 in 3rd-5th grade and 3 in K-2nd grade who will win the prize pack listed below.

Prize

  • iPad
  • Plugo STEM Pack
  • Sphero Mini
  • Sphero Specdrums

Details:

  • The 3rd - 5th poster must include the following:
    • Name of STEM discovery or invention
    • Name of the scientist or inventor
    • A thorough explanation of why you are thankful for it
    • Pictures, words, drawing, etc. are encouraged to be used
  • Using the attached K-2nd worksheet (.pdf, 743kb) or a blank sheet of paper, the project should include the following:
    • Name of STEM discovery or invention
    • A drawing of the discovery or invention
    • Name of the scientist or inventor
    • Reason why you are thankful
  • Do not include your last name on your presentation- just first name and state. You can put your personal information on the submission form, but in case we use your submission on media, we will need your presentation without personal identification for your privacy.
  • If your submission is a link (example WeVideo, Vimeo, or Google), 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 presentation- 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 presentation without personal identification.
  • Projects must be submitted on the following form: https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/IntoanAlternateUniverse.aspx
  • 3rd -5th grade projects will be graded based on the following rubric (.docx, 20kb)
  • K-2nd grade projects will be graded based on the following rubric (.odcx, 22kb)
  • Winners will be announced late December.
  • 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/IntoanAlternateUniverse.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 Tuesday, November 1, 2022. The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
  • If you have any questions, please contact: STEMEd@orau.org

Upcoming Competition

Past competitions and winners

What do you want to be when you grow up? There are so many different jobs in the world, from being a geometry teacher to a neurologist or even a rollercoaster engineer! It’s time to get into character because ORISE wants you to tell us all about your future dream STEM job! For this competition, you will pick a specialized occupation and tell us all about it. EIGHT prizes will be awarded with two winners per grade band.

Winners:

  • Zoe V., VA
  • Crosby W., TN
  • Evangeline P., TN
  • Peyton C., TN
  • Claire R., TN
  • Ella Y., TN
  • Nikolai F., OH
  • Darsh K., TN

Prizes

K-2nd grade:

  • HEXBUG Flash Nano Kit

3rd-5th grade:

  • 3D pen, 3D pen case, and filament

6th-8th grade:

  • Ender Pro 3D Printers

9th-12th grade:

  • Meta Quest 2 VR Headset Bundle

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

Do you have an extracurricular or activity that you participate in outside of school? The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants you to share how your extracurricular relates to STEM. The details below contain instructions for you to enter. 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.

Winners:

K-2nd grade:

  • Lucas H., TN
  • Harper B., PA

3-5th grade:

  • Lisa O., MA
  • Aadhya P.,MD
  • Katherine T., FL

6-8th grade:

  • Sean O., CA
  • Conner H., TN
  • Korey T., TN

9-12th

  • Justus S., TN
  • Devica S., FL
  • Teresa N., CA

Prizes

K-2nd grade:

  • Leapfrog Academy

3rd -5th grade:

  • Q-BA-MAZE 2.0: Ultimate Stunt Set

6th-8th grade:

  • Mini Projector

9th-12th grade:

  • Mini Projector

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

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.

Winners:

K-2th

  • Adilynn R., VA
  • Arslan S., SC
  • Ethan V., CA

3rd-5th

  • Naomi C., TN
  • Katherine T., FL
  • Tabarak A., WA

6th-8th

  • Catherine M., TN
  • Ephraim A., MD
  • Meghana M., NC

9th-12th

  • Neil L., GA
  • Jay L., GA
  • Nidheesh S., TX

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

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

Have you ever wanted to write your own book? Here is your chance to show off your creativity through writing! 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-2nd grade:

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

3rd-5th grade:

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

6th-8th grade:

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

9th-12th grade:

  • 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 11 is a day dedicated to celebrating women in STEM careers! 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-2nd grade:

3rd-5th grade:

6th-8th grade:

9th-12th grade:

January 17 is Kid Inventors’ Day! This month, 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-2nd grade:

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

3rd-5th grade:

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

6th-8th grade:

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

9th-12th grade:

  • 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! 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-2nd grade:

  • Evangeline P., TN
  • Luna T., AL

3rd-5th grade:

  • Kaya C., IL
  • Eilidh R., TN

6th-8th grade:

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

9th-12th grade:

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

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.

K-2nd grade:

3rd-5th grade: