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STEM Fairs, Competitions, Programs & other challenges

scienceThis page includes materials related to conducting STEM fairs and competitions from a variety of different sources. Science Books & Films publishes a wealth of information, including reviews, on science fairs in each year’s October issue.

Websites about Science Fairs & Competitions:

All Science Fair Projects

Conducting a Successful Science Fair

Crystal Clear Science Fair Projects

Discovery School – Science Fair Central

Internet Public Library Science Fair Project Resource Guide

Science Buddies

Science Fair Projects and Experiments 

USDA’s Agricultural Ideas for Science Fair Ideas

USGS’ Science Fair Project Ideas

STEM Fairs and Competitions:

Aeronautics competition for high school & college (NASA)

Badger State Science & Engineering Fairs

Capital Science & Engineering Fair (Wisconsin)

Christopher Columbus Awards (middle school)

Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge

E-cybermission competition

EGGS Prize (middle school)

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

Google Science Fair

IMSTEA Super Mileage Challenge

Intel Science Talent Search

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

International Chemistry Olympiad

International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) 
[IMO is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country]

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematical Competitions
(this site has multiple competitions for students in upper elementary to college)

National Engineers Week: Future City Competition™

National Geographic Bee

National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Regional Ocean Sciences Bowls

Newhouse Program & Architecture Competition (Chicago)

Putnam Mathematical Competition
(undergraduate level administered by the Mathematical Association of America)

Redesign Your School

Robotics Competitions

Sanofi-aventis International BioGENEius Challenge

TOY challenge (5th – 8th graders)

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (High School)

Write On! Wetlands Challenge (K-6 and 7-9)

WWW Virtual Library: Science Fairs

STEM Programs & Awards:

(The) Coleopterists Society’s Youth Incentive Award (grades 7-12)


Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY)

Ultimate Challenges:

Here are some top challenges/prizes which need some answers. This is what research is all about. Good luck!

AAAS’ 125 Questions: What We Don’t Know (1 July 2005 issue)

The Clay Mathematics Institute of Cambridge, Massachusetts (CMI) Prize Problems

The Draper Prize for Engineering Achievement

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology  

Gairdner International Award for Medicine  

GE & Science Prize for Young [early career] Life Scientists [recognize outstanding Ph.D. graduate students from around the world and reward their research in the field of molecular biology]

     -   read Science by the Masses (Science vol 319, 28 March 2008)  

iPlant Collaborative’s Grand Challenges in Plant Sciences  

Kavli Prize
[million dollar prizes in nanoscience, neuroscience and astrophysics]  

National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges in Engineering  

National Academy of Sciences Awards  

Nobel Prize  

Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize  

Waterman Award (NSF)
[recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation]

X-Prize Foundation