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 31

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 (.PDF, 27 KB) 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 submission form.
  • K-2nd grade projects will be graded based on this rubric (.DOCX, 19 KB).
  • 3rd-12th grade projects will be graded based on this rubric. (.DOCX, 20 KB).
  • 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 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! 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: