Check out these fun ways to challenge your mind and win fun prizes!
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.
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.
Americanism Essay Contest
Annual contest offered to students in grades 7-12, with a grand national prize of $5,000. There are additional prizes of $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.
Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest Presented by the United States Capitol Historical Society, this writing contest asks students in grades 6, 7 and 8 to write between 600 and 800 words on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to compete for $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. Additionally, a classroom grant of $1,000 plus a selection of teaching materials will be presented to the school of the first place winner. Second- and third-place prizes are $500 and $250, respectively.
Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
Students grades 7-12 submit their best works of visual art - including sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography, animation, video and animation - and writing - including poetry, play scripts, personal essay, works of journalism, satire and short fiction - to compete for scholarships.
Dare to Dream
Students in 3rd through 8th grade should write an original biographical poem and a non-fiction paragraph about someone who not only dreamed, but took action and made the world a better place. Grand prize winner receives $1,500 worth of Kane Miller and Usborne books for a school or community library of their choice.
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 wireless Internet-capable devices.
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.
MathCounts Competition Program
National middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests.
Team America Rocketry Challenge
Students in grades 7-12 can register as a team to design and build a safe and stable one-stage model rocket. Prizes include $60,000 in cash and scholarships and participation in NASA's advanced rocketry program Student Launch Initiative.
NASA Space Settlement Contest
International contest open to 6th-12th graders (11-18 years old). Students compete in teams to develop space settlement designs and related materials for various prizes.
The Christopher Columbus Awards
Program for middle school students that challenges teams of three to four, with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem. Finalists compete for U.S. Savings Bonds, a $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant, plus a $200 development grant to further refine the winning idea.
Global Virtual Classroom Contest
Global team cooperation and website-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 website 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.
Doors to Diplomacy
U.S. Department of State "Doors to Diplomacy" educational challenge to encourage middle school and high school students to produce Web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Students on winning team receive a $2,000 scholarship, and the winning coaches' schools each receive a $500 cash award.
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 be chosen to win $2,500 to be applied to their higher education or service project.
National History Day Contest
Students in grades 6-12 engage in discovery and interpretation of historical topics related to an annual theme. Awards range from $250 to $1,000, in addition to other prizes.
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.