January 2019: Math and Science Lesson Plan Competition

Deadline: on or before 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday January 31, 2019

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wants to send you to the National Science Teachers Association Conference or the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference! To enter, submit your most engaging original Science or Math lesson. Lessons will be graded on a rubric, and four winners will be selected. Winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to either the NSTA or NCTM national conference in 2019!

Included for each the winner:

  • NSTA or NCTM conference entry
  • Lodging at conference
  • Travel to conference
  • Per Diem while at conference
  • One-year membership to NSTA or NCTM


  • Interested Math and Science educators are invited to submit an original lesson plan 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 31, 2019 using the following link: https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/conference.aspx.
  • To avoid plagiarism, please submit a lesson plan that you have written. We understand that many activities are developed by other teachers; just make sure that you put your own spin on the activity.
  • The focus of the lesson plan should be on any math or science standards.
  • Lesson plans should include the following:
    • lesson title
    • teacher name and school
    • target grade level
    • time required for lesson
    • standards/objectives
    • materials
    • instructional steps for introduction, activities, and closure
    • assessment strategies
    • differentiation strategies
  • Lesson plans will be scored using this rubric.
  • Teachers must teach in the United States, a U.S. Territory, or a DoDEA school to be eligible to win.
  • Teachers are eligible to win 2 ORISE competitions in a 12 month period.

To view the ORISE lesson plan library, visit https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/curriculum-for-the-classroom.html.

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.

Previous K-12 STEM Lesson Plan Competitions

  • makerspace logo

    The December Teacher contest will be a social media contest to win one of six 3D printers. Be sure to follow Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education on Facebook and @ORISEconnect on Twitter see how to enter. The contest launches on December 8th!

  • makerspace logo

    Classroom Makerspace Lesson Plan Competition

    In October, teachers shared a lesson plan incorporating the use of a makerspace into their content area class. First place winners in each category were awarded a Makerspace Easy Pack, an Invention Easy Pack, and a Tool Kit Easy Pack. Second place winners in each grade band were awarded a Makerspace Easy Pack, and second place winners in each grade band were awarded a Makerspace Basic Supply Easy Pack! See the full list of winners below:

    Winners Grades K-6:

    1 st place: Cheryl Burchett, Beaumont Elementary School, Knoxville, TN
    Lesson Plan: Iggy Peck Bridge Design and Build Challenge

    2 nd place: Rebecca Van Duker, Griffin Creek Elementary School, Medford, OR
    Lesson Plan: 3,2,1 Natural Disaster

    3 rd place: Kelly Carey, A.Z. Kelley Elementary School, Antioch, TN
    Lesson Plan: Diving into Makerspace (with Sharks!)

    Winners Grades 7-8:

    1 st place: Donna Widner, Oliver Springs Middle School, Oliver Springs, TN
    Lesson plan: The Cell Membrane: The Gatekeeper of the Cell

    2 nd place: Amy Haney, Oliver Springs High School, Oliver Springs, TN
    Lesson Plan: MakerSpace: Developing Franken Toys

    3 rd place: Sonya Hatfield, Oliver Springs High School, Oliver Springs, TN
    Lesson Plan: Wind Turbines


  • drone on! logo

    In September, teachers shared with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education their best hands-on STEM lesson plans for the opportunity to win drones for their classrooms. Frist place awarded a  set of Parrot mini-drones and accessories. Second- and third-place winners received one Parrot mini-drone. In all, there were entries from teachers in 10 different states and Japan. See the full list of winners below:


    Grades 7-9

    Grades 10-12

  • kids can compute logo

    In August, teachers shared how they were using Raspberry Pi for a STEM lesson. Winners will be announce mid-September and will receive a Pi-Top modular computers for their classrooms.

    Congratulations to our winners!

    Amanda Callahan-Mims, Spring Hill Elementary School, Knoxville, Tennessee

    Gary Cipinko, King Arts Academy, Evanston, Illinois

  • 3D learning logo

    In this contest, teachers had the opportunity to submit a lesson plan that integrates 3D printing into their classroom. Congratulations to our winners!


    Grand Prize:  Lauren Wilmoth, Biology, Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge TN

    View Lesson Plan: Ozobot Meets 3-D Printing (Art Challenge grade 6-9)

    2 nd Place:  Allison Pattion, Pre-K, Dunbar Elementary, Memphis TN

    View Lesson Plan: How Do Shapes Make Pictures?

    3 rd Place:  Andrea Grossart, Biology, Addison Trail High School, Addison IL

    View Lesson Plan: Bio-engineering for a Cure!

    Judge’s Choice:  Holly Randa, Grade 6-8, Jonathan Edwards Classical Academy, Whites Creek TN

    View Lesson Plan: 3D Printed Egyptian Alphabet Stamps & Clay Cartouche

  • Fun with the Sun logo

    In May, teachers were invited to submit a lesson plan that related to solar energy! Congratulations to our winners!

    K-6 th Grade Category:

    • First place: Jessica Everitt, 4 th grade, Hardin Valley Elementary School
    • Second place: Sally Suttle, 1 st grade, Grand Oaks School
    • Third place: Kelli Harvey, 4 th grade, Petros-Joyner Elementary School

    7-12 th Grade Category:

    • First place: Lesley Brinkmann, Physical Science, Northeast High School
    • Second place: Jane Lyengar, Business & Information Technology, Mount Vernon High School
    • Third place: Stephanie Sluss, Chemistry, Oliver Springs High School
  • In April, teachers shared how they put the “M” in STEM by submitting STEM lesson plans that explicitly address mathematics standards.

    Congratulations to our winners!

    Elementary School Category

    • First place:  Jennie Wright, 4 th grade, Sullins Academy
    • Second place: Nancy Holloway, K-5, Kingston Elementary School
    • Third place:  Jessica Chambers, 2 nd grade, Pi Beta Phi Elementary School

    Middle School Category

    • First place: Sarah Hampton, 8 th grade, Sullins Academy
    • Second place: Donna Budynas, 6 th grade, Hutchison School
    • Third place:  Charles Canestaro, 8 th grade, Cortland Junior-Senior High School
  • In January,  we asked teachers how they are planning to integrate Olympic-themed math or science lessons into their classrooms.

    Congratulations to our latest winners!

    Science Category

    Mathematics Category

  • 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

  • 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!