For May 2019, ORISE hosted two student competitions. See details below for more information.
May 2019 K-2nd grade: At night bats… Student Challenge
CALLING ALL K-2nd Grade STUDENTS!!
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!
1st Place: Maya M., NJ
2nd Place (tie): Natalie S., TN
2nd Place (tie): Anandi L., MD
If you have any questions, please contact: STEMEd@orau.org
May 2019 3-12th grade: Review or No Review Student Challenge
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.
- Alexander A., MD
- Rebecca V., MI
- Jensen C., IL
- Clara S., TN
- Tabitha O., MD
- Adam B., TN
If you have any questions, please contact: STEMEd@orau.org
Did you know that one of the best ways to learn something is to teach it to someone else? The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (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-5th grade category, two for the 6-8th category, and two for the 9-12th grade category.
1st Place: Myley N. from TN
2nd Place: Vineeta S. from TN
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? Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) asked students to create a 1-2 minute presentation that discusses at least 3 uses of drones in STEM field.
1st Place: Sophie L., TN
2nd Place: Libby S., VA
3rd Place: Kaylee M., TN
Winners 9th-12th Grade Winners:
1st Place: Nitin S., NY
2nd Place: Kaylie G., TN
3rd Place: Alyssa V., TN
How many times have you come across a problem in your life that could be solved with creating a solution that could be 3D printed? What about a problem in society? Do you think you can design a 3D model that can solve a real-world problem? In November of 2018, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) wanted to know how students would design a 3D model that can solve a problem that is important to them
Winners Grades 6-8:
Winners Grades 9-12:
Contest is now closed. Winners will be announced soon!
Rising Kindergarten through 6th grade students!
Do you think you can design a machine? We want to know how you would design a machine that solves a problem important to you! Tell us your important problem and explain the engineering design process of creating your machine, and you could win a prize! TEN prizes will be awarded to students—five for the K-3rd grade category and five for the 4th–6th grade category.
Prizes for the top five K–3rd grade winners: Code-and-Go Mouse
Prizes for the top five 4th-6th grade winners: Sphero
Examples of existing machines:
- Electric Motor
- Lawn mower
Harvesting renewable energy is an emerging field with many potential future career opportunities. ORISE wants students to get a small introduction to this field by designing an instrument or device that harvests ambient energy and transforms it into usable energy! Use the engineering design process to guide your creation beginning with identifying a problem and ending with a novel instrument that harvests and transforms energy!
7th-9th grade winner:
Jake from TN with The Solarnator
10th-12 grade winner:
Kaitlyn Daniels with Chargeable Charms!
Science has long inspired art. Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci studied human anatomy extensively before he painted the Mona Lisa? Did you know that Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein was inspired and written during a dreary, cold summer in 1815, when one of the strongest volcanic eruptions – Mount Tambora -- spewed ejecta that blocked out the sun and cooled the atmosphere? Today, countless artists are motivated by innovative technology, limitless natural phenomena, and new scientific discoveries!
April is National Poetry Month, and to honor STEAM’s (STEM + Art) long history, ORISE is sponsoring a science-poetry competition for all current high school students, university students, and all ORISE participants, including post-associate’s, post-bachelor’s, post-master’s, and postdoctoral levels!
High School student
1st Jeanette, 17 How I Feel About Space 2nd Ivy, 16 Two Voices of STEAM 3rd Elissa, 9 The World of Genetics Honorable Mention Rocco, 16 Singing Honorable Mention Matthew, 16 The Fly on the Wall Honorable Mention Joanna, 18 The Conscious Mind
1st Kaila Noland Vacationing as a Crab 2nd Ashley Humphrey Science is a Verb 3rd Kathleen Gillespie Biome, Sweet Biome
1st Michaela Cashman The Ocean Blues 2nd David Sapiro The Rusty Bells 3rd Eric Popczun Chlorine's Ode Honorable Mention Hannah C. Gunderman The Black Dog Honorable Mention Kate Jones What Does an Earthworm Taste Like? Honorable Mention Brandon McAdams No One is Allowed to Enter but Her
Linda Parsons is a poet, playwright and an editor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is the reviews editor at Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, former poetry editor of Now & Then magazine, and has contributed to The Georgia Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Shenandoah, and Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, American Life in Poetry, among other journals and anthologies. Her fourth poetry collection is This Shaky Earth, and her newest endeavor is writing for The Hammer Ensemble, the social justice wing of Flying Anvil Theatre .
Connie Jordan Green
Connie Jordan Green lives on a farm in Loudon County, Tenn., where, when she isn't gardening, she writes in a small attic study. She is the author of two award-winning novels for young people, The War at Home and Emmy; two poetry chapbooks, Slow Children Playing and Regret Comes to Tea; two poetry collections, Household Inventory, winner of the Brick Road Poetry Press 2013 Award, and most recently, Darwin’s Breath from Iris Press. Green is included in Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia (University Press of Kentucky). Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.
Jennifer Gresham spent 16 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force before becoming a high-performance coach and business strategist. She is the former assistant chief scientist of the Human Performance Wing for the Air Force Research Laboratory, where she helped lead a research portfolio spanning the fields of biology, psychology and technology. She is the author of the poetry collection, Diary of a Cell, from Steel Toe Books, and the award-winning blog Everyday Bright. Her poems have been featured in numerous journals, magazines, and radio shows. She currently lives in Seattle, Wash., with her family and two cheeky cats.
Arthur Stewart is an ORISE science education program manager with more than 25 years of research experience in aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology. He also explores science creatively by writing, and has authored six books of science-inspired poetry, including Circle, Turtle, Ashes (2010), The Ghost in the Word (2013), and Elements of Chance (2017). His poems have been published in both scientific venues and in over a dozen literary journals and magazines. In 2013, he was inducted into the East Tennessee Hall of Fame for poetry.
In February, ORISE asked students to follow the engineering design process to design a robot that solves a real-world problem. Congratulations to our grand-prize, runner-up, and judge’s choice winners!
Grand prize winners
Kayden from MD: RoboCare: Customized Healthcare at Your Service
Adithya from TX: The HYDRObot
Kyle from TN: The Easy Opener
DeWayne from TN: Robotic Seeing Eye Dog
Grace from TN: BinkyBot
Christina from TN: Robots: Unsanitary Water in LDCs
Ayush from TX: FRNDBot (not posted)
Cody from TN: The MailBot
Gregory from TN: Personal Health Care Robot
Jalen from TN: I <3 Robots
Hannah, Andrew, and Ethan from TN: Gas-Bot
Kashvi from KS: I <3 Robot: Dog & Drone
Allie from TN: Reducing Unnecessary Shelter Deaths
In our November contest, students were encouraged to get creative for a chance to win a Flip Flop stunt drone! Participants in the contest entered by describing a science topic and used technology to present their ideas.
Congratulations to our grand-prize and runner-up winners!
John from Tennessee: Drone Laws
Daniel from Maryland: Airfoil Technology
Evelyn from Maryland: Drones and GPS
Gabe from Tennessee: Drone Project
Kayden from Maryland: Vessel Watch
Jacob from Kansas: How Drones Move
Omar from Tennessee: Aerodynamics of a Flying Drone
William from Kansas: Gyroscopes in Drones
Calvin from Tennessee: Parts of a Drone and How it Works