Science Competitions: Preparing for Next Fall

Lately I have been focusing my blogs on science news that kids may find interesting and that teachers can use to create science demonstrations and science fair projects. However, I’d like to turn your attentions to science competitions that your students can enter. As a kid I loved to enter these contests. I found that they not only helped to direct my science skill development, but they were also a lot of fun. Also, as a side effect of entering a lot of skill contests, I accumulated a lot of cool science prizes and scholarship money. Which I am still benefiting from.

One fun science competition that your students can enter is the Toy Challenge. This year’s Toy Challenge is already under way, but sign up for the 2009 program will begin in the fall. I am telling you about this contest now because, as a teacher or mentor, you may need time to get school approval for putting together a team.

I like this particular contest because it requires each team to be comprised of at least 50 percent girls. A lot of contests focus on male entries, and this one tries to at least encourage girls to get involved in science competitions. Each team needs to be made up of between 3 and 6 students who are in the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Each team will also need a mentor and coach. The coach will be responsible for handling the team’s administrative duties like registering the team for the competition and leading weekly meetings.

Getting kids involved in science is why you probably got involved in education. Science competitions, like the one mentioned above, is a great way to inspire students to create awesome science fair projects and experiments. It is also a great way for kids to explore their own scientific science experiments which they can use to further their middle school science fair projects education.

11 thoughts on “Science Competitions: Preparing for Next Fall

  1. Ken@wooden kitchen toys says:

    This reminds me of the science games our headmaster ran at primary school. One year we had to build a mini moon buggey that would carry a cup of water across a man-made ‘moon surface’. My failed miserably as the water spilt everywhere. 🙁

  2. kral oyun says:

    This reminds me of the science games our headmaster ran at primary school. One year we had to build a mini moon buggy that would carry a cup of water across a man-made ‘moon surface’. Mine failed miserably as the water spilled everywhere.

  3. çizgi film oyunları says:

    Ken, it didn’t matter that your experiment ‘failed miserably’. Look at how many time Edison failed at inventing the light bulb. It’s about the process. And you never will forget the experience.

  4. Greg @ kids educational toys says:

    This brings back memories of back in 9th grade when I did a science project based on solar energy. I didn’t get 1st place though I did get 2nd place for my science project.

  5. Michael@zhu zhu pets says:

    Our district has started a rotation where one year we do a science fair and then the next we do an “Invention Convention” It keeps things fresh.

    Your idea has possibilities as well. 🙂

  6. Greg @ kids educational toys says:

    As a teacher you know the importance of having the students get into the process of the project. If more of our kids would involve themselves in a science fair and go through the ‘process’ then what the students would learn would go beyond just their project alone. They would hopefully acquire a joy for the learning process itself.

  7. Deb@plastic bag holder says:

    Kids love science projects because they’re fun. Make the project about toys, volcanoes, or explosions, and you’ve got a bunch of enthusiastic students.

  8. Kelly says:

    Getting kids in science is somehow difficult for me..anyway, I’m using google chrome browser and having some problem in subscribing to your RSS feed..any idea why?

  9. Toys Lib says:

    Yes, I think so. I taked part in science competitions for three times when I was a student and have good influences on all my life.

  10. Mark @ Lotso Huggin Bear says:

    I think you have the right idea here. I think encouraging these types of competition is always a step in the right direction and starts to get minds thinking on things outside of the TV reality world. Having mixed teams is also a good idea as it gets children used to working with each other a young age.

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