Students grades 3-12 write an essay on a topic they feel is important to compete for prizes such as a $25 check.
ARS Children's Essay Contest
Sponsored by the American Rose Society, kids 12 and younger can submit an essay of 400 words or less about roses to compete for prizes such as gift certificates and society membership.
The Betty Award
This worldwide contest is open to children ages 8-12. Submit one original, unpublished story with a maximum length of 1,000 words. Cash prizes ranging from $100 to $300.
Kids Are Authors
Annual competition open to grades K-8, designed to encourage students to use their reading, writing, and artistic skills to create their own books. Grand prize winning team receives $5,000 in merchandise from Scholastic and 100 copies of their published book, with 25 honorable mention winners also receiving prizes.
PBS Kids Writers Contest
Open to kids in K-3rd grade who want to write and illustrate their own stories. Contact your local PBS station to find out if they are running the contest locally for a chance to win prizes such as tablet computers, e-readers and MP3 players.
Math and Science
Annual Math League Contests
The Math League sponsors math contests for grades 4-8 and high school students from the U.S. and Canada. Schools compete in statewide or multistate league competitions.
Math Olympiad Contests
Students form a team at their school to work together on math problems and compete for trophies and medals.
MoleCules Ask a Question Contest
Five girls and five boys are identified as asking the "best" questions about molecules; prizes include a medal, certificate and iPad.
Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
National science competition for students in grades 5-8, in which students submit a video entry that demonstrates understanding of select scientific concepts. Top winner receives $50,000 savings bond, with other finalists eligible for additional exciting prizes.
Ranger Rick's Photo Contest for Kids
Kids 13 or younger can submit their best original nature photographs to compete for a certificate of recognition and five copies of the magazine displaying their winning photo.
Global Virtual Classroom Contest
Global team cooperation and Web site-building activity for students from 7 to 18 years of age. Awards range from $1,500 to $375 per team.
ThinkQuest Website Competition
Teams create an original Web site on a topic of global importance for a student audience. Prizes include a trip to ThinkQuest Live in San Francisco, laptop computers, digital cameras and school monetary grants.
International Schools CyberFair
Students ages 5-19 years old conduct research about their local communities, then publish their findings on the Web for various prizes and awards.
National Geographic Bee
Schools with students in grades 4-8 are eligible for this test of geographic knowledge to compete for scholarships in the amount of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000.
Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors
Students grades 5-8 demonstrate their ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporates the use of Bubble Wrap cushioning. Prizes include a trip to New York City and a $10,000 savings bond.
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Students ages 8-18 must be nominated by a qualifying adult for their leadership and courage in developing and implementing an exceptional service project. Ten students will each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education.
Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors
Sponsored by the Alliance Rubber Company for students in grades 5-8 to create an invention that incorporates the use of rubber bands. More than $20,000 in prizes will be awarded.