THE GEOGRAPHY OLYMPIAD
The Geography Olympiad is a fairly new contest – only in its 3rd year – and it has different levels for all age groups. This is particularly exciting for high school students who may be missing the Geo Bee. This year there will be a number of changes including the debut of their National Qualifying Quiz Tournaments, which will be held around the country. This will give students an alternative way of qualifying for the National Qualifying Exams. Good luck throughout the 2014-15 season!
Future City is a contest for teams of middle school students where they learn what it takes to build a city. The Future City Competition is a national project-based learning experience where middle schooler, sixth through eighth grade imagine, design and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity software. They get to actually build scale models and present their ideas before judges at regional competitions. Regional winners then advance to the finals in Washington D.C.
Christopher Columbus Awards
This is another cool contest for middle school students where they get to investigate a problem in their community and apply scientific principles to find a solution. They work in teams of three or four to address widespread issues within their community. Their goal is to provide a feasible solution to the problem. They need to provide credible scientific data to back up their solution. Then provide a well-written essay with visuals to present to the judges. They win scholarships and a trip to Disney World and get a behind-the-scenes look at how it works.
Philosophy Slam is a contest for all school students – no matter where they live in the world. Younger students can draw while older ones use words to express their opinion on the current year’s topics. The contest is designed to make philosophy fun for kids of all ages and abilities and to promote a philosophical discussion between kids and adults. Since everyone has life experiences, even kids, Kids Philosophy Slam asks kids to write, create poetry or create artwork regarding a philosophical question posed each year.
American Legion Oratorical Contest
If students enjoy public speaking and the constitution – then here’s a contest for them. Prepare a speech according to the rules, wow the judges and you can earn a lot of scholarship money. The Oratorical contest presents students with an academic speaking challenge that teaches them important leadership qualities. It also gives them an insight into our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly and give them an understanding of their rights and privileges as an American. This contest is open to high school students twenty years and younger currently enrolled in a high school program.