July 2018 Machine Madness!
Submissions Accepted Beginning Monday, July 2, 2018
Deadline: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
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
- You must be five years or older and a rising Kindergarten through 6th grader to enter.
- You must have parental permission to participate.
- A project includes a presentation of your choice (animation, video, powerpoint, etc…) that explains the engineering design process involved in the creation of your machine.
- The machine can be of any type as long as it solves your identified problem. For example, the machine can be a simple machine, complex machine, powered machine, etc.
- You do not have to build the machine as long as you explain how you would build it. If you need information on the Engineering Design Process, you can get it at: https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/engineering-design-process/engineering-design-process-steps#theengineeringdesignprocess.
- 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 upload, we will need your presentation without personal identification.
- Projects must be submitted on the following form, starting Monday, July 2, 2018: https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/MachineMadness.aspx. This submission form will not open until Monday, July 2.
- Projects will be sorted based on grade level. Students in grades K through 3 will be placed in one category and projects of students in grades 4 through 6 will be placed in category two.
- Projects will be graded based on a rubric.
- Winners will be announced mid-August.
How to Enter:
- To enter the contest, ask your parent for help in completing the form at https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/MachineMadness.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 Monday, July 2, 2018. The deadline to submit is 8:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.
Still unsure about what we are asking? Here are some steps to help you complete the competition:
- Review the engineering design process: Refer back to this website when you get stuck: https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/engineering-design-process/engineering-design-process-steps#theengineeringdesignprocess.
- Define the Problem: Identify a problem in your life or in the world that a machine could help solve. Write down what the problem is, who the problem affects, and why you want this problem solved.
- Do Background Research: Research what has already been done about the problem. Then, put what you have found into your own words. Use this research to help you make a better decision about how you will design your machine. For example, have any machines already been made to solve the problem? If so, how can you improve that machine? Make sure you cite your sources.
- Specify Requirements: Think about the specific characteristics of the machine you want to build. Ask yourself: What do you want your machine look like? Why? Will your machine move? How? What materials do you want your machine to be made of? Why? How much do you think it will cost to build your machine? How will you get the money to build the machine?
- Brainstorm, Evaluate, and Choose Solution: Look at the requirements you wrote down in Step 4 and narrow down the best machine characteristics.
- Develop and Prototype Solution: Design and build the machine prototype based on your research. Note: you are not required to build the machine. Instead, you can draw pictures, make an animated machine on a computer, or describe the machine prototype in words.
- Test Solution: In this step, explain what problems you think you will run into. Explain what you think will go well. Ask others if they think your machine will solve your problem.
- Communicate your results: This means take Steps 2-7 and put that information into a presentation. This presentation can be in the form of a video, an animation, a PowerPoint, a short movie, a picture slideshow, etc. Be creative and try a presentation method you’ve never done before! We love to see your most impressive technology skills displayed in your presentation!
- Enter the competition: Complete the form and submit your presentation at: https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/MachineMadness.aspx
If you have any questions, please contact:
This contest is now closed. Winners will be announced late July!
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! FIFTEEN prizes will be awarded—seven for the 7th-9th grade category, seven for the 10th–12th grade category, and one judge’s choice award!
Prizes for 7th–9th grade winners:
Top 2: Solar Robot
Five Runners up: Solar car
Prizes for 10th-12th grade winners:
Top 2: Solar Robot
Five Runners up: Solar car
Prize for Judge’s Choice: Solar Robot
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!
Prizes for winners in each category:
- First place: iPad
- Second place: Kindle Oasis
- Third place: Portable, full-sized, laser-projected virtual keyboard
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