Students in grades 5-8 are invited to participate in Spaced Out Sports, a national design challenge that applies Newton’s Laws of Motion in the design of a game for astronauts of the International Space Station to play in space. The goal is for students to learn the “science behind the game” on Earth and in microgravity. Deadline: February 1, 2011.
The 2011 SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Awards recognize the efforts of students and teachers across the country who are working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment. All K-12 schools in the United States and formally recognized school groups, such as a grade level, classroom or club are eligible to apply. Public, private and licensed home schools are also eligible. Awards include $10,000 for eight award-winning projects and all expenses-paid trip to a SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park for the awards event. DEADLINE: Dec. 1, 2010.
The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, CA, is seeking delectable gingerbread creativity from children, adults, businesses, and organizations. Try your hand at creating a delicious masterpiece out of gingerbread, icing, and other edibles in this year’s competition. Submissions accepted Nov. 20-29, 2010 and on display November 26, 2010 – January 2, 2011.
The Mother Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude) events are 1-day professional development workshops to train participants in holding their own Mother/Daughter TEAs. Facilitated by Celeste Baine of Engineering Education Service Center. 2010-11 Dates and Locations: March 4, 2011 in Joplin, MO; April 2, 2011 in Boston, MA. Costs begin at $999; check Website for details.
Engineering Saturdays at the University of Texas, Arlington is an outreach program that showcases hands-on engineering fun and provides flexibility for a family with different ages to all find interesting things to do. Students in grades 2-12 are invited to join on: Sept. 18; Nov. 20; Apr. 16, 2011.