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Contests and Items of Interest August 2021




Earth Science Week 2021 Competitions:


Video Contest 2021

“Water Is Part of Life Around the World”

For Earth Science Week 2021, the American Geosciences Institute invites you to enter the “Water Is Part of Life Around the World” video contest. Submit a brief, 30-90 second, original video exploring the many ways people interact with water, perhaps our most vital natural resource.

All eligible submissions must be received electronically by 5 p.m. ET, Friday, October 15, 2021.



Visual Arts Contest 2021

"Water and Me"

Your artwork should focus on the topic "Water and Me." Submit a two-dimensional (flat) visual arts project no larger than 24 x 36 inches, dealing with the topic "Water and Me." Each visual arts project must be original, authentic, unpublished, the sole property and work of the entrant, and not previously submitted in any other contest.

All mailed submissions must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 15, 2021.



Essay Contest 2021

“How We Understand, Use, and Protect Water“

Your essay should focus on the topic “How We Understand, Use, and Protect Water.“ The essay must be no more than 300 words. Longer essays will be rejected unread.

All submissions must be received electronically by 5 p.m. ET, Friday, October 15, 2021.



Regeneron Science Talent Search

The Regeneron STS 2022 application is now open! U.S. High School Seniors in the Class of 2022 are invited to apply online to the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. SSP has provided a national stage for the country’s best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists since 1942.

The competition recognizes 300 student scholars and their schools each year and invites 40 student finalists to Washington, D.C. to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, and meet with notable scientists and government leaders. Each year, Regeneron STS scholars and finalists compete for $3.1 million in awards.




eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition free for students in grades 6 through 9. Teams of students can compete for state, regional, and national awards while working to solve problems in their communities.

The Competition is now open.

Team registration deadline is January 12, 2022.

See the website for rules, timeline, prizes and more.



National Engineers Week Future City Competition

Future City Competition is an annual competition for grades 6 to 8 students. Participants complete five deliverables: a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model (or multiple model segments) built from recycled materials; a project plan, a presentation video, and a virtual/online Q&A session with judges. Regional winners represent their region at the international Finals. The 2020-2021 theme is Living on the Moon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the competition has transitioned to a virtual event. Changes are outlined on their website.

To register, go to and select your Region from the pull down menu. If there is not a Region in your geographic area, select National Competition.

The registration deadline varies by region.



National Science Bowl

The US Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl (NSB) is a nationwide academic competition for middle school and high school students that tests knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. All teams first compete in regional competitions, and the regional championship teams then compete at the national event. Coaches are responsible for registering their team online for the regional competition. Registrations are based on the location of the school. To find a school’s regional location and regional event information, visit the website at Regional winners are invited to attend the national event and receive an all-expense paid trip to compete for the national title.

Regional competition dates vary, but typically run January through March. See the website for specific dates. The national competition will take place April 28 through May 2, 2022.



Items of Interest:


Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished Kindergarten through grade 12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena.

Applications are accepted August 16 through November 18, 2021.



Project Green Challenge

Project Green Challenge is a 30-day global challenge for high school and college students. Daily, environmentally themed challenges provide students with mentorship, advocacy, and leadership skills. Participants are challenged every day for 30 days to contribute to a healthy and thriving planet. Daily challenges consist of four levels, which must be completed in order, with the easiest challenge (Green Level) completed first.

The challenge runs from October 1 through October 30, 2021.



SunWise Environmental and Health Education Program

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) supports the SunWise Environmental and Health Education Program to promote sun safety measures at school and teach kindergarten through grade eight students about UV radiation and stratospheric ozone. The foundation distributes free program tool kits containing 50 cross-curricular, standards-based activities.



Green Ribbon Schools

Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin
 helps schools continually improve health and sustainability while simultaneously applying for a federal award and sharing their success stories. Becoming “green and healthy” is an ongoing process. A new, online application tool helps schools document achievement while also providing additional ideas to be implemented. Quantitative and qualitative questions will help share schools’ stories.

Completing the application (as thoroughly as possible) by December 1 will put schools in the running for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award

Contact Victoria Rydberg at 608-266-0419, with questions.