Once again I have taken a while to do this – here are two more weeks of awesome contests!
Science Olympiad is my favorite competition not only because the team I coach actually made it to Nationals a few years ago, but also because of the huge benefits I see when students participate. All states offer contests for middle and high school teams, but some also do for Elementary. Students compete as a team in 23 events (typically a student will do 2-5 events). Some events are building, some study, some have lab work components – and some are difficult to categorize. They are fun. They are challenging. And they prepare students to become the leaders of future in the science fields.
Students in K – 12 all over the United States compete in the Vocabulary Bowl as part of their school team to see who can master the most vocabulary words in a year. Monthly and annual awards are made – and there are prizes for top individual participants as well. It’s free to compete – so sign your school up!
This Mythology Contest is a written multiple-choice test for 6th-12th graders. Each year there is a specific focus for the exam. There are awards for different levels of achievement and the top achievers in high school go on to compete for scholarship money by writing an additional essay.
ACSL Programming Contest
This programming contest is a series of 5 tests over the year that operates on 4 different levels depending on the ability of the students taking it. Students can start in middle school and then move to harder levels as they learn more coding. Past exams are available to help students prepare. Great for computer clubs and classes.
Math Video Challenge
This is last year’s winning entry. Middle Schoolers compete to create videos to explain math concepts.
NaNoWriMo the November Writing Challenge has a special Youth Category where students set their own goals as to how many words they think they can write in a month. All students who complete their goals are winners and get certificates and can print off some copies of their masterpieces free of charge.
Vocabulary Video Contest
The NY Times is sponsoring a Vocabulary Video Contest where students get to make videos explaining words. The one above was last year’s winner.
School Band & Orchestra Essay Contest
Students in grades 4 – 12 can write an essay on the current year’s topic and stand to win music products and prizes for themselves and their school. Essays have to be less than 250 words, so this isn’t a lot to write. 5 winners are selected from 4th-8th grader entries and 5 from 9th-12th.
Grow Your Own Business Challenge
Students between the ages of 7 and 14 can submit their business ideas for a chance to win money – and trip to Omaha to meet the contest sponsor Warren Buffett.
Students can work alone or in teams and there will be 5 individual and 3 group finalists selected.
President’s Environmental Youth Award
Students in K – 12 work together in groups to show environmental stewardship. All qualifying projects receive Regional Awards and the top projects each year also receive National awards.
This is a good contest to make students more environmentally aware.