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

Competitions for K-12 Students

Read STEM Across America Student Challenge

Winners announced soon!

CALLING ALL STUDENTS!!

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. EIGHT prizes will be awarded—two for the K-2nd grade category, two for the 3rd-5th grade category, two for the 6-8th category, and two for the 9-12th grade category.

  • Prizes for K-2nd Grade: Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet with case and one year Amazon Kids+
  • Prizes for 3rd-5th Grade: Kid’s Kindle with one year Kindle unlimited 
  • Prizes for 6th-8th Grade: Kid’s Kindle with one year Kindle unlimited 
  • Prizes for 9th-12th Grade: Kindle Oasis with one year Kindle unlimited 

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

Upcoming Competition

Past competitions and winners

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:

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., TN video

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? 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? 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