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The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition
The official entry period for the 2014 DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition begins November 15, 2013. The deadline for submitting essays is January 31, 2014, and winners will be announced on April 15, 2014.
The DuPont Challenge is a science essay competition that encourages students to delve deep into their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and express themselves with creativity and purpose. Ours is a growing world that faces new challenges each day, and we want students to share their ideas for how science can help keep our global population supplied with food, safety, and clean energy.
Essays must be between 700 to 1,000 words in length, include a list of research sources, and fall under one of these four categories:
· Together, we can feed the world.
· Together, we can build a secure energy future.
· Together, we can protect people and the environment.
· Together, we can be innovative anywhere.
For more information about the DuPont Challenge, please go to http://thechallenge.dupont.com/.
The US Department of Energy’s Office of Science- National Science Bowl
The Energy Department’s Office of Science is now accepting teams for the 2014 National Science Bowl, which is one of the top math and science competitions in the country for high school and middle school students. This is the 24th year the competition will be held.
“Participating in the National Science Bowl both regionally and at the national championships encourages student involvement in math and science activities, which is of importance to the Department of Energy and the nation," said Patricia M. Dehmer, Acting Director of the DOE Office of Science.
For more information about the National Science Bowl, please go tohttp://science.energy.gov/news/in-focus/2013/10-21-13/.
Virginia Space Grant Consortium Programs with NASA
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium would like to share the following information about the following FREE NASA-related programs for Virginia's high school students interested in STEM and STEM educators.
Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is a NASA-based program for 11th grade students and STEM teachers who are interested in aerospace-related science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) and includes two opportunities for participation:
Virginia Space Coast Scholars is a NASA-based STEM program for 10th grade students who are interested in NASA’s space and Earth science-related missions.
For high school juniors, Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars is an interactive online learning course with a robotic and human space-exploration theme, culminating in a one-week residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton for those students who qualify. Offered at no cost to the student, VASTS consists of eight modules and a final project to be completed from December 2013 through May 2014 under the guidance of licensed master educators. Based on success in the online coursework, students may be selected to attend a Summer Academy where they interact with NASA scientists, engineers and technologists to design a human mission to Mars. Students who successfully participate in VASTS earn 2 college credits for the online course and 2 additional credits for the Summer Academy.
Please direct students or other faculty to the website for program information and application,http://www.vasts.spacegrant.org. The deadline for the application is November 1, 2013.
For more information on this program, please contact:
VASTS Education Program Specialist
Or visit: www.vasts.spacegrant.org
The Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) is a program for sophomores focusing on the science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. This dynamic (and FREE) program, designed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), inspires students who possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers.
The VSCS program features two key elements: 1.) an on-line science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experience featuring five modules; and 2.) a seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA where selected scholars will learn first-hand from NASA professionals and their partners about the latest cutting edge technologies and missions.
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Youth Rover Challenge
Registration for the Youth Rover Challenge (YRC), a multi-tier robotics education development program, is now open. Sponsored by The Mars Society, YRC is a STEM-related educational effort that is designed for schools and organizations with students or members in grades 5-12 to have the chance to build and compete at a global level with a LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 based robotic rover and competition arena intended to simulate the surface of Mars. The sandbox where the robotic rover operates is intended to be replicated so participants can operate the competition locally. Winners of the best place times will be invited to one of four events held in each region.
The Rover built for the competition is pre-designed accomplish specific experiments (tasks) similar to what Mars Rovers accomplish today on the surface of Mars and other harsh environments on remote places on Earth. The competition is operated on-site at your self-built sandbox and the final operation of the field tasks are then videotaped and sent to YRC for submission. Teams that have submitted videos that show the final operation of the rover completing the tasks under a time limit are then ranked against other teams.
Registration for the competition closes January 31, 2014. For more information about YRC, click here.
President's Environmental Youth Awards
Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize young people across the United States for protecting our nation’s air, water, land, and ecology. One outstanding project from each region is selected for national recognition. Projects are developed by young individuals, school classes (K–12), summer camps, and youth organizations to promote environmental stewardship.
The deadline for submitting applications for the regional award is December 31, 2013. Following the December 31 deadline, the regional awards panel for each of EPA's 10 regional offices reviews applications to select the winner. The 10 regional award winners receive special recognition and a presidential plaque at an EPA-sponsored award ceremony in their region. Clickhere for more information.