The Gold Goes: The Math and Science of the 2018 Winter Olympics

The Gold Goes: The Math and Science of the OlympicsDeadline: on or before 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

With the 2018 Winter Olympics beginning in February, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to know how teachers are planning to integrate Olympic-themed math or science lessons into their classrooms. By submitting an original lesson plan focusing on the mathematics or science of the Olympics, you have a chance to win big! Six prizes will be awarded—three for mathematics teachers and three for science teachers!

Prizes for math winners:

Prizes for science winners:


  • Interested educators are invited to submit an original lesson plan by 8 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. The focus of the lesson plan should be on any math or science aspect of the Olympics.
  • Lesson plans must include all resources and attachments, including standards, background information, worksheets, answer sheets, etc.
  • Include name, lesson title, lesson grade level, and name of the school.
  • Lesson plans will be scored using a rubric, and the top three winners in math and science will receive prizes.
  • First place will receive a one-year membership to NSTA or NCTM AND an iPad with a class set of Plickers AND a trip to the 2018 NSTA or NCTM National Conference (including conference admission, ground and/or air travel, lodging, and food within the GSA per diem rates); second place will receive an iPad with a class set of Plickers AND a one-year membership to NSTA or NCTM; and third place will receive a one-year membership to NSTA or NCTM.

Note: Lesson plans submitted for the competition may be shared with other educators via the ORISE website. Plans are subject to revision and edits by ORISE staff before they are shared.

View the ORISE lesson plan library.

Previous K-12 STEM Lesson Plan Competitions

October 2017: Extreme Weather

In October, our extreme weather lesson plan competition asked educators to tell ORISE how they are integrating current extreme weather events into classroom lessons.

Congratulations to our grade-band winners!

Amy Kennedy, third grade, Glenwood Elementary School
View lesson plan: Saving Our Community from Rising Water

Donna Widner, seventh grade, Oliver Springs Middle School
View lesson plan: Weather Alert! Did We Do That?

Christi Ridley, environmental science/biology, Seymour High School
View lesson plan: Extreme Weather: Hurricanes

Summer 2017: STEM Lesson Plan Competition

Our very first lesson plan competition asked educators to submit an original STEM lesson covering a topic of their choice. These lesson plans can be found on the Curriculum for the Classroom page.

Congratulations to our winners!