Science contests for kids: The Grand Challenges Engineering $1000 prize for 1 minute proposal!

Today I begin an ongoing series of posts about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) contests and competitions for kids.  To read all such posts, use the “Previous Posts” box in the right sidebar; “Select category” Science education: STEM contests.

The USA Science and Engineering Festival, a fantastic new annual event in Washington, DC in April, is sponsoring several STEM-related contests.  Today I’m featuring The Grand Challenges 60 second Pitch contest, a joint project with

For:  Grades 7-12

What: Prepare a 60 second presentation explaining your science or engineering solution to one of these three grand challenges. Then come to the USA Science & Engineering Festival to record your presentation.

The Challenges:

  • Making solar energy economical
  • Providing access to clean water
  • Restoring urban infrastructure

The Prizes:

Middle and High School students: Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of the 3 grand challenge categories.

  • First place prize in each category – $1,000
  • 2nd & 3rd prizes are $500 plus USA Science & Engineering Festival and swag

How to enter: Go to  Summarize your presentation for the USA Science Festival in 100 words or less and submit it.  Note that your submission and your pitch can include up to 2 sketches of your idea.

Deadlines/Dates:  Open for entries NOW; absolute last date to submit is March 30, 2012.  Because of the Facebook-linked structure of the contest, you have an advantage to enter early.  If online discussion improves your idea, you can revise your pitch for the Festival.

The goal:

Is there a way, any way, to address these pressing needs of our society? Do you have an answer, or part of an answer? Does your solution come from sharing information better, by creating a superior mechanical, electrical or chemical process, or by undertaking a series of construction projects?

Many of the world’s best engineering minds are turned to these challenges, but perhaps the answers lie in the free-thinking imagination of aspiring young engineers and scientists.

For more information:  USA Science Festival Grand Challenges contest

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