For April, ORISE is hosting TWO student competitions! Find the competition for you below.

Save the Earth K-2nd Grade Student Challenge

Deadline: on or before 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, April 30

Save the EarthCALLING ALL K-2nd Grade STUDENTS!

ORISE is hosting a student challenge just for students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade! 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. TWO prizes will be awarded!

Prizes:

K-2nd grade winners:

            TWO winners will receive an Apple iPad, a case, and an Osmo Creative Kit!

Details:

  • Write a story telling us about how you would save the earth and draw a picture of you doing it!
  • You should include in your story WHY you would do that to save the earth!
  • You may use the template to write and draw your story.
  • Do not include your last name on your work—just first name and state. You can put your personal information on the submission form, but for your privacy when we put your project on our website, we will need your work without personal identification.
  • Projects must be submitted on the following form: https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/AprilK2.aspx.
  • Projects will be graded based on a rubric.
  • Winners will be announced late May.
  • You must be a student in a U.S., U.S. territory, or DoDEA School.
  • All students, including public school, private school, and homeschool are eligible to enter the competition.
  • Students are eligible to win two ORISE competitions in a 12-month period.

How to Enter:

  • To enter the contest, complete the form at https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/AprilK2.aspx 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 deadline to submit is 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

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


Save the Earth 3rd-12th Grade Student Challenge

Save the Earth - HandsDeadline: on or before 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, April 30

CALLING ALL STUDENTS!!

What can you do as a student to save the earth this Earth Day? What can you do to make a positive impact? The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (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. SIX prizes will be awarded!

Prizes:

Grades 3-5: TWO winners will receive an Apple iPad, case, and Sensors Alive

Grades 6-8: TWO winners will receive an Apple iPad, case, and Sphero 2.0

Grades 9-12: TWO winners will receive an Apple iPad, case, and Sphero Bolt

Details:

  • Your project can be in any format of your choice, including, but not limited to, infographic, commercial, animation, video, brochure, PowerPoint, persuasive paper, etc.
  • If your submission is a link (example WeVideo, Vimeo, or Google), 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 presentation—just first name and state. You can put your personal information on the submission form, but for your privacy when we put your project on our website, we will need your presentation without personal identification.
  • Projects must be submitted on the following form: https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/April312.aspx Projects will be graded based on a rubric.
  • Winners will be announced late May.
  • You must be a student in a U.S., U.S. territory, or DoDEA School.
  • All students, including public school, private school, and homeschool are eligible to enter the competition.
  • Students are eligible to win two ORISE competitions in a 12-month period.

How to Enter:

  • To enter the contest, complete the form at https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/April312.aspx 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 Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The deadline to submit is 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Not Sure How to Start?

  • Think of environmental issues that you have seen in your community, on the news, or in your own backyard.
  • Think of WHY it’s important that the environmental issue be fixed.
  • Research ways to fix this issue.
  • Make your presentation! Share what you have learned about the environmental issue and how people can help to fix it!

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

Previous contests

  • K-2nd Grade Students: I ♡ Technology Challengefeb-20-ihearttech-logo.png

    Winners:

    1st: Jayden H., TN

    2nd: Natalie S., TN

    3rd: Mauricio Z., MD

    The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (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. THREE Prizes will be awarded!

    7-12th Grade Students: I ♡ VR Research Challenge

    Winners:

    1st: Alli B., TN (video)

    2nd: Rey S., Guam

    3rd: Brandon B., TN

    Do you think virtual reality would spice up your classes? It’s your turn to convince us! The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (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 & safety warnings, no submissions from students under 13 years old will be accepted.)

    Prizes:

    THREE winners will receive an Oculus Go Headset!

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    CALLING ALL STUDENTS!!

    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? The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (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. 

    3rd-5th Grade Winners:

    6th-8th Grade Winners:

    9th-12th Grade Winners:

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

  • 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:

    In the k-2 division:

    1. Scarlett T. from TN
    2. Shannon M. from TN
    3. Alice G. from TN

    In the elementary school division:

    1. Pradyumna L. from TN
    2. Baker L. from KY (Baker's gif)
    3. David O. from MD

    In the middle school division:

    1. Anna H. from TN
    2. Adithya S. from TN
    3. Tabitha O. from MD

    In the high school division:

    1. Joseph R. from FL
    2. Aidan M. from MD
    3. Elissa L. from IL
  • Review or No Review Student Challenge

    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

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

  • 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. 

    Winners:

    3-5th grades:

    • Alexander A., MD
    • Rebecca V., MI

    6-8th grades:

    • Jensen C., IL
    • Clara S., TN
    • Tabitha O., MD

    9-12th grades:

    • 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.

    Winners K-5th

    1st Place: Lydia D. from NC
    2nd Place: Bethany D. from NC

    Winners 6th-8th

    1st Place: Myley N. from TN
    2nd Place: Vineeta S. from TN

    Winners 9th-12th

    1st Place: Anna M. from KS
    2nd Place: Miranda D. from FL

  • i heart drones logo

    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.  

    Winners 6th-8th Grade Winners:

    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

  • 3d printer logoHow 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:

    1st Place: Jensie C., Illinois, Locker Anti-Jam
    2nd Place: Samuel J., Colorado, Ventus
    3rd Place: Maclean S., Tennessee, Use it! Don’t Lose it!

    Winners Grades 9-12:

    1st Place: Kimberly S., Tennessee, Gas Nozzle Lock for School Chemistry Labs
    2nd Place: Alexandra S, Tennessee, Toe Positioner
    3rd Place: William C, Tennessee, Water Bottle Cup Holder

  • 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
    • Scissors
    • Wheelbarrow
    • Lawn mower
    • Typewriter
  • 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! 

    Winners:

    7th-9th grade winner:
    Jake from TN with The Solarnator

    10th-12 grade winner:
    Kaitlyn Daniels with Chargeable Charms!

     

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    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! 

    Winners:

    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

    University student

    1st Kaila Noland Vacationing as a Crab
    2nd  Ashley Humphrey Science is a Verb
    3rd Kathleen Gillespie Biome, Sweet Biome

    ORISE Participant

    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

    General Relativity

     

    A hundred years
    the theory has passed hard tests and still we find
    new applications. Mass,
    energy, and curved spacetime
    collectively validate
    gravitational radiation, black holes, and cos-
    mology; neutrinos and photons,
    spewing from a supernova
    in the Large Magellanic Cloud, arrive
    here at Earth, our little home,
    within hours of each other, showing
    they move at different rates, in line
    with differences in mass, and light

    and neutrinos take the curved path
    of space-time, making
    the speed of light seem slow
    as it flows
    curvaceously across the galaxy from stars
    differing in age. My head

    spins now under the whirl of planets and
    neutron stars; my pulse
    picks up. What a delight

    to know these things have worked
    like this
    for hundreds of thousands of years:
    we stared

    back then up at night from
    sparking fire at cave-lip, astounded

    by pinprick bits of starry light that fell.

    • Parsons imageLinda Parsons

      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 .

      Green imageConnie 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.

      Gresham imageJennifer Gresham

      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.

      Stewart imageArthur Stewart

      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. 

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    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

    Runners-up

    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

    Judge’s choice

    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