We’ve compiled a list of competitions for Utah students to test their STEM skills with other students around the state and nation. These include competitions in environmental science, engineering & technology, and science in space. Find the competition that is right for you!
Environmental Science Competitions
The Clean Tech Competition is a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Each year, the Clean Tech Competition addresses an issue that is grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges.
The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people for protecting our nation’s air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation’s youth.
The Utah Natural Resources Competition Event motivates students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to address the complex issues and challenges associated with the management of natural resources while empowering them to be active and involved citizens. 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. The event serves as the Utah State Qualifier for four national natural resources competitions.
National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp)
Due to the ongoing changes accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been canceled this summer. A limited virtual program will be offered in its place.
The National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) is a residential science education program that selects two young STEM enthusiasts from each state the summer after they graduate from high school. At the West Virginia 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. Students who are selected will attend the NYSCamp FREE of charge.
Regeneron Science Talent Search
Regeneron STS is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors, providing a national stage for the country’s best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists. Students who enter Regeneron STS can look forward to exciting awards and experiences, with prizes up to $250,000. You can email questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science in Space Competitions
Life on Earth has evolved under the effects of our gravity and the protection of our atmosphere. Manned space exploration opens up amazing new opportunities for life, and serious challenges too. If you’ve ever wondered how astronauts might survive a deep-space mission or how we might use biology to transform new worlds, Genes in Space is for you! This experiment encourages students to propose an experiment that utilizes molecular biology capabilities aboard the ISS, specifically polymerase chain reaction (PCR), then test your hypothesis in the ultimate lab: The International Space Station. Additionally, teachers can turn contest submissions into a class assignment that’s aligned with national standards.
The ROADS on Mars challenge gives teams of students grades 3–12 a chance to tackle a mission to Mars, following in the path of the next rover — Mars 2020. Just like the next rover, teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analysis of biological signatures, and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and successfully landing. Top teams from across the country will win a trip to Kennedy Space Center for the launch of Mars 2020!
Technology & Engineering Competitions
Since 1988, tens of thousands of students have competed in our annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contests where they are challenged to build the wackiest, working Rube Goldberg Machine that completes a common task. The competitions encourage teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving, in a fresh learning environment and level playing field. All you need is a good imagination and a pile of junk!
The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision science competition encourages K-12 students to imagine what technology might be like in the future while experiencing scientific process and discovery in an engaging, hands-on way. Let’s empower the next generation of inventors, scientists, and leaders. It’s not too late to register your teams!
The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation exists to connect students, mentors, and schools in every community to a variety of successful and engaging technology-based programs. Our goal is to provide these programs with services, solutions, and a community that allows them to flourish in a way that fosters the technical and interpersonal skills necessary for students to succeed in the 21st Century. To see our list of available robotics competitions in Utah, check out our website.