2017 Genes in Space coming soon!

Design a DNA Experiment using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) in Space!. We invite students in grades 7 through 12 to design DNA experiments for space. Students will pioneer DNA research on the International Space Station to address real-life challenges of deep space exploration. Five finalist teams will receive mentoring from Harvard and MIT PhD scientists, present at the 2017 International Space Station R&D Conference, and receive miniPCR DNA Discovery System™ for their education institutions. Winners will also attend Space Biology Camp and send their DNA experiment to space!  Submission deadline is April 21st 2017. Teachers – Here’s how you can turn contest submissions into a class assignment that’s aligned with national standards. Read more here

Clean Tech Competition

Clean Tech Competition is an international research and design challenge for pre-university students. Read more here


The Envirothon is a natural resource competition for high school students. Teams of five students must, over the course of the school year, prepare themselves for this two-day outdoor competition, usually held in late April each year. Find out more here.

Utah Robotics Competitions

Find out about robotics competitions in Utah here.

National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) Summer 2017

Every year Utah chooses two of its most outstanding high school seniors with an interest in STEM to participate in the National Youth Science Camp. The camp takes place on the east coast (mostly West Virginia with a trip to Washington D.C.). At the camp, students will participate with other students from all over the country in learning projects and activities to broaden their exposure to new fields in science and engineering. The camp includes a trip to Washington D.C for 4 days to study national science concerns in meetings with scientists and includes a luncheon with members of the US Senate. In 2017 the camp will takes place from June 14th – July 8th and all expenses for the trip (Including transportation to and from) are paid for by the National Youth Science Foundation.

Applications are due March 1st, 2017 so talk to your students TODAY!

 Apply here.

President’s Environmental Youth Award

Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness. Thousands of young people from all 50 states and the U.S. territories have submitted projects to EPA for consideration. Evaluation results consistently demonstrate that participation in the PEYA program is frequently a life-changing experience for many of the young people and their project sponsors.

Read more here.