National STEM Day - November 8, 2023
Celebrate teaching STEM by sharing with students ways to build skills and confidence so that they see themselves as innovators and problem solvers. Here are some links that might get your STEM ideas flowing.
STEM Network Meeting - Wednesday, December 6, 2023; 4:00 - 5:15 pm
The staff at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum, located on the 2nd floor of the Michael and Kay Birck Hall of Science on the Illinois Benedictine University Campus, 5700 South College Road, Lisle, graciously offered to host this session. Join other STEM educators and champions from all grade levels as we learn and share, and explore this hidden gem of a museum and learning partner. Register here so that we can prepare. Attendees are eligible for STEM trinkets and treasures, and raffle prizes! Mark your calendars for the other 2023-24 STEM Network dates: February 7 and May 1. Interested in hosting an upcoming meeting at your school or facility? Email Dr. Susan Camasta. Oh, did we mention that attendees are eligible for raffle prizes?
Amazon's Future Engineer Scholarship Program - Applications due December 15, 2023
College scholarships will be awarded to 400 high school seniors who intend to study engineering, robotics, and computer science, plus obtain a paid internship with Amazon. Refer to this site for more information.
You Be the Chemist Challenge - Registration Closes December 29, 2023
Join this collaborative, fun, and free challenge for students in grades 5-8 working in teams of 3-4. Students will answer mutliple choice and short-answer questions and create a video about their innovative response to a problem that is posed, with opportunities to advance in the competition. Study and support materials are provided. For more information, click here.
Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship - Applications Due January 7, 2024
The National Geographic Society has partned with Lindblad Expedtions to send educators into the field around the world to learn, create, connect, and explore. Read more about eligibility requirements and the application process.
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision is Back! January 21, 2024 Deadline
Ignite the imagination of K-12 students as they form competition teams and embark on a mission of discovery to explore current technologies, envision future possiblities, and present their ideas to win awards and acknowlegement. Find out more.
Organ/Tissue Donor Awareness Student Poster Contest - Entries through January 31, 2024
The poster contest is intended to increase organ and tissue awareness in Illinois by educating youth about the registry and to help them make an informed decision when they become eligible to register as a donor. The contest is open to K-12 students. Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2024. See details here.
eCYBERMISSION Registration Open through February 28, 2024
This is a free, virtual STEM competition for 6th-9th graders, administered by the National Science Teaching Association. Students form teams of 2-4, led by an adult Team Advisor, and select a problem in their community to investigate with science or solve with engineering. Get your free teaching resources. Plus, you can apply for funding for your classroom.
Future City - The Ultimate STEM Competition
This competion invites students in grades 6-8 to imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Using the Engineering Design process, this year students will build a 100% electrically powered city with energy generated from sources that maintain the health and safety of citizens and the environment. Learn more. Wood Dale Junior High has a winning history. Hear about their program.
Tell Your Climate Story Competition - Submissions Due June 10, 2024
The 2024 Ocean Awareness Contest invites students to creatively express their personal experiences, insights, or perceptions about our changing climate reality. Students worldwide, ages 11-18, will share their visual art (digital and handcrafted), poetry, creative writing, film, music, dance, and multimedia to create the largest collection of youth environmental arts in the world. Cash awards available. Submit online for free by June 10, 2024.