STEM for Middle School: STEM Activities and Resources

STEM Activities STEM Programs for Middle School

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.


STEM for Middle School is one part of a series of 319 STEM websites on STEM activities and programs that are broken down into the categories shown below.

STEM Activities and Resources for Kids: 319 STEM Sites

STEM Activities and Learning Websites ♦Games and Apps ♦Camps and After School Programs ♦Contests ♦Grants and Awards ♦Career Resources ♦Initiatives



STEM Program ( (Lego Mindstorms) for Middle School Students

STEM Activities and Learning Websites


Ask Dr. Universe

  • Content: STEM Q & As

Dr. Universe, the cute kitten, from Washington State University will answer your STEM questions.

The Big Brain Theory – Discovery Channel

  • Content: engineering challenge

In this popular TV show, competitors have just 30 minutes to come up with a solution to a seemingly impossible engineering challenge.

Bill Nye the Science Guy

  • Content: life science, physical science, planetary science and math

Bill’s funny TV show is about science. At the educational resources section, you will find experiments to do at home (Home Demos), episode guides for kids to create each episode,  and his new project about math – Solving for X.

Chi Alpha Mu

  • Content: mathematics club for middle schools

Chi Alpha Mu, standing for Creative Adventures in Mathematics, is the National Junior Mathematics Club for middle schools. Chi Alpha Mu is the younger sibling of Mu Alpha Theta.

Code.org

  • Content: online computer science courses, videos , games for kids 6-17

Since launching in 2013 with a #1 YouTube video of the a day, Code.org has expanded to build a full organization supporting a worldwide movement to provide easy access to computer science education for everyone.  They design courses, train teachers, partner with large school districts, and help change government policies.

Engineering, Go for It! (eGFI)

  • Content: careers advice, engineering fields info, links to the eGFI magazine

Environmental Health Student Portal

  • Content: videos, games and experiments about air pollution, chemicals, climate change and and water pollution

EPA Students

  • Content: environmental news, contests, games, quizzes, videos, environment-based homework resources, lesson plans and project ideas

This website is run by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Exploratorium

  • Content: Interactive STEM & art activities, videos, apps, links, blogs and more

A cool STEM & art website from the San Francisco-based Exploratorium.

Extreme Science

  • Content: info on world records in natural science, including earth science and the plant and animal kingdom, wild and weird facts about nature, and resources for science projects

A very interesting website about extreme science.

How Stuff Works

  • Content: hundreds upon thousands of articles, videos, audio podcasts and apps about the wonders of science and almost everything else on the planet

After starting in 1998 at a college professor’s kitchen table, this hugely popular STEM site has nearly 40 million visitors each month.

Kids Ahead

  • Content: STEM resources – scavenger hunts, videos, articles, links to local activities and fun events and info on cool jobs

MathMovesU

  • Content: online math games, math practice and national competitions

MathMovesU offers a variety of scholarships and sponsorship.

Museum of Science + Industry Chicago Online Science

  • Content: STEM apps and games, activities , videos, and podcasts

Explore science from Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world.

MythBusters – Discovery Channel

  • Content: This popular TV show uses experiments to bust rumors, myths and urban legends

NASA Education for Students

  • Content: Career information, image galleries, NASA Television, features and articles about aerospace

NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA)

  • Content: free STEM program for kids K-12

SEMAA was developed to increase the participation of historically underserved K-12 youth in STEM fields. School activities and summer sessions are at 14 locations in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

NOVA

  • Content: STEM videos, science and an education blog

The website of PBS’s NOVA,  the most-watched prime time science series show on American television from PBS, produces an extensive list of science resources and original content.

Sally Ride Science

  • Content: STEM programs – science festivals, science camps, National Engineering Design (TOYchallenge) competition

Founded by America’s first female astronaut, Sally Ride Science is now part of UC San Diego.

Science Bob

  • Content: instructions and videos for interactive science experiments, science Q & A, science fair ideas, science websites links

“Science Bob” is a science teacher, author, and presenter that knows how to share the world of science in a fun way.

Science Buddies

  • Content: over 1,000 ideas for science fair projects, project guides, project kits, family science activities and detailed profiles of STEM careers.

Science Channel

  • Content: Science Channel’s TV programs, videos, quizzes, games and the latest science news.

SciJinks

  • Content: all about weather —  explore meteorology and earth science with games and multimedia

This educational website is created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and NASA.

Scratch

  • Content: programming interactive stories, games, and animations with Scratch

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group which is located within the MIT Media Lab.

STEM-Works

  • Content: STEM activities, articles, and job info

TechRocket

  • Content: programming, graphic design, and game design courses for kids and teens
  • Pricing: first 7 courses are free then $19-29 per month

Tynker

  • Content: fun programming courses for kids 7+

With Tynker, Kids learn to code,  built games and apps, draw math art, interface with hardware and more.

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STEM Games and Apps


Auditorium: The Online Experience

Contains over 20 hours of stunning audio-visual gameplay with over 70 mesmerizing levels. Auditorium is a beautiful and challenging puzzle with many different solutions. Players are amazed by its sleek design, vibrant colors, and iconic soundtrack.

Cargo-Bot

  • Recommended age: 5+ to adults
  • Platforms: iOS
  • Pricing: Free

Over one million people have enjoyed Cargo-Bot. It is one of the coolest coding games for kids. Players use coding concepts like loops and procedures and do a ton of debugging.

Code Combat

  • Recommended age: 13+ (or younger with guidance/consent)
  • Platforms: Web
  • Pricing: Free

Code Combat has players inputting actual code to play (Javascript currently, with experimental support for CoffeeScript, Python, Clojure, and Lua). Don’t let that put you off, though, as Code Combat does a great job of entertaining while teaching. There are single-player levels and multi-player levels.

CSI: Web Adventures

  • Platforms: Web
  • Pricing: free

The CSI Web adventures are a series of interactive cases featuring the characters from the CBS TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.  These cases allow players to experience several different types of forensic analysis and eventually solve mysteries with the CSI team.

DimensionU Games

  • Recommended age: 8-14
  • Platforms: Web, iOS (TowerStorm, Meltdown)
  • Pricing:  free (iOS) – $29.99 for 12 months

Comprised of four engaging, multiplayer games with access to curriculum in both Math and Literacy.  The content aligns with the Common Core, state standards and classroom instruction.

Gamestar Mechanic

  • Platforms: Web
  • Pricing: $19.95 for three-quest series

It is a game and community designed to teach kids the principles of game design and systems thinking in a highly engaging environment. With skills built from game-based “Quests”, kids can build their own video games.

Hopscotch

  • Recommended age: ages 10+
  • Platforms:  ipad
  • Pricing: Free

Hopscotch is a drag-and-drop programming app for kids to write their own programs. Kids need to be independent readers to follow the instructions and commands and “write” their code. The characters and colors are fun and vibrant, and the app empowers kids to create open-ended options.

Lightbot and Lightbot Jr.

  • Recommended age: 4-8 (Lightbot Jr.), 9+ (Lightbot)
  • Platforms: Web, iOS, Android
  • Pricing: Free (browser), $3 (iOS/Android)

Lightbot is a programming puzzle game which teaches concepts like planning, testing, debugging, procedures, and loops.

 Machinarium

An incredibly slick point-and-click  adventure/puzzle game that requires the user to solve brain teasers in order to advance.

Mathemagics Mental Math Tricks

  • Platforms: iOS
  • Pricing: $2.99

Learn and practice the tricks of mental math calculation in this fun and engaging app, then amaze others as you do math at lightning fast speed. There are more than 50 tricks to learn, and three modes of play in which to learn them.

Minecraft

The extremely popular 3-D block-building game that pushes your imagination to the limits and fosters creativity.

Motion Math: Pizza!

  • Recommended age: 9+
  • Platforms: iOS
  • Pricing: $4.99

The STEM app teaches kids about basic economics. While playing, kids learn a valuable lesson that a successful business requires important math and reasoning skills to properly budget money and keep customers satisfied.

National Geographic Games

  • Recommended age: 5+
  • Platforms: Web, PC, Mac, iOS, Amazon Kindle Fire
  • Pricing: both free and for purchase

The National Geographic games site is packed with games, apps, puzzles and quizzes.

Pocket Universe

The ultimate astronomy app. The free version displays thousands of stars, constellations, and solar system objects on a real-time rendered view of the sky. The view will move automatically as you move left, right, up and down. With the full version, you can track the International Space Station, play quizzes, virtually walk on Mars, see 80,000 stars and more.

Portal 2

Portal 2 is a first-person action game. The gameplay is built around physics principles and environmental puzzles — how to get from point A to point B while avoiding C.

Quantum Conundrum

  • Platforms: PC
  • Pricing: $8.99

The physics-based puzzle game’s focus is to have players use their brains to figure out solutions to challenging but fair puzzles that demand clear and rational thought.

Robots for iPad App

  • Platforms: iPad
  • Pricing: free

Created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Robots for iPad is a comprehensive guide to the world of robotics. This fun, highly interactive app lets you explore over 150 real-world robots, with hundreds of animations, photos, videos, and articles.

Robozzle

Robozzle is a social puzzle game which teaches programming. Using only a few simple commands, teach the robot to recurse a tree, follow a linked list, or count in binary. The levels range from those suitable for younger children right up to puzzles that will make seasoned coders scratch their heads.

SpaceChem

SpaceChem tasks players with building machines to fight monsters, using programming concepts like in-order execution, loops, branching, and subroutines.

You Can Do the Rubik’s Cube

Since it was created in 1974, the Rubik’s Cube has become so much more than a puzzle because of its unique challenge and worldwide popularity. With solution guides and instructional materials, this site teaches kids how to solve the Rubik’s Cube while incorporating many math lessons.

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STEM Camps and After School Programs


Ambition Program at National Flight Academy

  • Grades: 7 – 12
  • Curriculum: Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Navigation, Communications, Flight physiology and Meteorology
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: Pensacola, Florida

Kids are immersed in 6 days of innovative play and adventure in a theme-park setting camp to explore premier technology. Limited scholarships are available.

Alaska Summer Research Academy (ASRA) – Middle School

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Curriculum: STEM
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska

At ASRA STEM camp, you’ll spend two weeks on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, working in small teams and participating in project-based learning. Some modules will take you to remote areas of Alaska for fieldwork.

Audubon Camps

  • Grades: 1-8 (day camps); teens – adults (residential camps)
  • Curriculum: Ornithology
  • Programs: summer day camp, summer residential camp
  • Locations: 30 Audubon Centers across the country

Kids have fun exploring the natural world. The Wild Birds Unlimited scholarship funds have helped almost 2,000 youth attend this camp since 2007.

Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy Program

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Curriculum: Aviation, Aerospace
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: nationwide

Campers learn about planning a flight, aviation history, the physics of flight, and the design and maintenance of aircraft. At some locations, even fly in a airplane!

Black Girls Code

  • Grades: 2-12
  • Curriculum: Computer programming, Robotics
  • Programs: workshop, after school program
  • Locations: nationwide

Through community outreach programs, Black Girls Code introduces underprivileged girls to computer programming and LEGO Robotics. They offer a limited number of financial-need based scholarships

Camp Euclid: A Mathematics Research Camp

  • Grades: 7-12
  • Curriculum: Math
  • Programs: six-week online summer camp
  • Locations: anywhere

Students mull over and grapple with tantalizingly difficult math problems within a circle of fellow researchers who meet and collaborate online.  The camp offers grants and scholarships.

Camp KAOS

  • Grades: 2 – adult
  • Curriculum: Space science and Astronomy
  • Programs: summer day camp, summer residential camp
  • Locations: Hutchinson, Kansas

kids discover the thrill of space at the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center, where they train kids just like astronauts in their camps since 1985. Scholarships are available.

CoderDojo

  • Grades: 2-12
  • Subjects: App Development,  Website design, Game design, Robotics
  • Programs: social club
  • Locations: worldwide

CoderDojo is a fun and social club where young people can go to explore technology together and get advice and support from skilled mentors.

Com-Star Learning

  • Grades: 1-12
  • Curriculum: Programming, Website design, Game design, Robotics, Mapping, Digital arts, Digital music, and more
  • Programs: summer camp, after school program
  • Locations: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia

Cornell’s Adult University Youth Programs

  • Grades: Preschool-10
  • Curriculum: STEM, Outdoor Adventures, Sailing, Literature
  • Programs: summer residential camp, summer day camp
  • Locations: Ithaca, NY

Designed and led by Cornell faculty, the nationally acclaimed programs are for kids ages 3-15. Even the youngest campers can be in residence with a registered resident adult.

Digital Media Academy

  • Grades: 1-12
  • Curriculum: Game design, iPhone programming, Film making, 3D animation, Robotics, Photography & art, Music production, Sports, Courses for girls
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: 10 states and over 20 campuses in the US, Canada

Digital Media Academy is a digital art and technology training company.

Duke University: Talent Identification Program (TIP)

  • Grades: 5-12
  • Curriculum: STEM, Art, Robotics, and more
  • Programs:  residential summer camp, online
  • Locations: Durham NC, nationwide and worldwide locations

TIP includes Summer Studies, eStudies and Field Studies. It is claimed as a global leader in identifying academically gifted students and providing them with opportunities to support their development.

Education Unlimited®

  • Grades: 4-12 (residential camp); 1-6 (day camp)
  • Curriculum: Public speaking, College admissions and SAT prep, Science, Acting, Creative writing, Computer, Video production
  • Programs: summer residential camp, summer day camp (CA)
  • Locations: 11 locations in California and on the East Coast, including Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Caltech, UC San Diego, Brown University, Yale University, Georgetown University, MIT and Tufts University.

Emagination

  • Grades: 3-12
  • Curriculum: 3D animation, Website design, Programming and app design, Game design, Minecraft, Robotics, Engineering
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Bridgeport, Connecticut

Emagination was founded in Connecticut in 1982. Each summer children travel to their campus locations from all across America and several foreign countries.

Embry – Riddle Aeronautical University Summer Camps

  • Grades: 2-12
  • Curriculum: Flight, Engineering, Robotics, Space science, Athletics, Math, Computer Science
  • Programs: summer day camp, summer residential camp
  • Locations: Arizona, Florida

Students from around the globe attended the popular camps at Embry – Riddle’s Arizona and Florida Campuses.

Engineering For Kids

  • Grades: K-9
  • Curriculum: Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental,  Hardware, Industrial, Marine, Mechanical, Software and Robotics engineering
  • Programs: summer camp, after school program, workshop
  • Locations: worldwide

Engineering Possibilities in College

  • Grades: 7-12
  • Curriculum: Engineering
  • Programs: summer day camp, summer residential camp
  • Locations: Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, California

The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC)

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Curriculum: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • Programs: two-week residential summer camp
  • Locations: college campuses nationwide

Designed to support under-served and under-represented middle school kids. Kids enhance their proficiency in STEM education while living on a college campus – all at no cost to the child or family.

i2 Camp

  • Grades: 5-8
  • Curriculum: Programming & app development, Digital game design, Engineering design, Electronics, Kinetic sculpture, Robotics, Rocketry, Space science, Physics, Biology, Chemical engineering, Oceanography, 3D printing
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York

With camp-wide STEM activities, they introduce campers to scientists, astronauts, bioethicists, and entrepreneurs.

iD Tech

  • Grades: 1-12
  • Curriculum: Programming & app development, Game design, Website design, Robotics, Film & video, 3D modeling & printing
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: 150+ locations nationwide

They currently offer programs at over 100 university, college, high school, and elementary school locations throughout the United States, with the most distinguished campuses including Stanford, UCLA, Princeton, and MIT.

Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (IMACS)

  • Grades: 1 -12
  • Curriculum: Logic puzzles, Computer programming, Virtual robotics, Electronics
  • Programs: summer camp, after-school program, weekend program
  • Locations: South Florida, North Carolina, St. Louis, Connecticut

Kids-N-Technology

  • Grades: K-12
  • Curriculum: Computer programming,  Game design, Robotics, Hardware engineering
  • Programs: summer camp, after-school program, weekend program, club, Girls Pursuing Science (GPS)
  • Locations: North Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi

Lavner Camps

  • Grades: 1-9
  • Curriculum: Technology, Sports, Arts and more.
  • Programs: summer camps
  • Locations: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland

National Computer Camps

  • Grades: 1-12
  • Curriculum: Video game design, Computer languages, Web page design, 3D printing, Digital video production, Software applications, QR programming, Android App programming, Minecraft and Modding, Network+ certification, A+ hardware certification, PSAT and SAT math preparation
  • Programs: summer camp (residential, all day and morning only)
  • Locations: Connecticut, Atlanta, Cleveland

Northern Illinois University STEM Camps

  • Grades: 2-12
  • Curriculum: Art, Chemistry, Engineering,  Robotics, Waterbotics, Wild biology, Math, Science, Video game design
  • Programs: day and residential summer camp
  • Locations: Northern Illinois University

Purdue Polytechnic Institute Summer Camps

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Curriculum: Technology, Engineering, Math
  • Programs: summer camp

There are various of free and low cost day or residential summer camps. DO iT! Camp, TAGS Camp, TEAM Camp, WOWiT Camp are designed for girls.

Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

  • Grades: 1 -12
  • Curriculum: Robotics
  • Programs: competitions, workshops, camps, conferences
  • Locations: nationwide

Find your local event at robot events.

Rochester Institute of Technology RIT K-12 Academy

  • Grades: 1-12
  • Curriculum: STEM, Robotics, Visual arts, Sports and more
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: Rochester, NY

Various summer camps target different age/gender groups, including Kids on Campus, CBET Bioscience Camps, Everyday Engineering Summer Camp (girls only), RoboCamp, Lil Kids on Campus, Smash Experience for Girls, etc.

Summer@Rensselaer

  • Grades: 1-12
  • Curriculum: STEM, Sports and more
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: Troy, NY

SUNYIT SummerITeens

  • Grades: 4-12
  • Curriculum: Bioengineering, Alternative Energy, Robotics, STEAM,  Nanotechnology, and more
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: Utica, NY

Syracuse University Project ENGAGE

  • Grades: 7-8 girls
  • Curriculum: Bioengineering, Alternative Energy
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: Syracuse, NY

The program is highly selective with limited participation.

Tynker

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Curriculum: Computer science, Game design, Programming
  • Programs: summer camps
  • Locations: California, Texas

University of Arizona Astronomy Camp

  • Grades: 8-Adults
  • Curriculum: Astronomy, Science, Engineering
  • Programs: summer residential camp

This camp is available internationally to both teenagers and adults.

University of Evansville OPTIONS for middle school boys and girls

  • Grades: 6-8 girls and boys
  • Curriculum: Engineering, Computer science
  • Programs: summer day camp
  • Locations: Evansville, IN

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Summer STEM Camps

  • Grades: 4-12
  • Curriculum: STEM, Robotics
  • Programs: summer residential camp, summer day camp,
  • Locations: Worcester, MA

Residential camps are for grades 7-12 and include Camp Reach (for girls), Frontiers, Launch, Leadership Academy for Young Women. There are nine STEM and robotics day camps.

Youth Digital Summer Camps

  • Grades: 3 -11
  • Curriculum: Java programming, 3D animation, 3D game design, App design, 3D printing, Fashion design
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia

Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Curriculum: Computer programming, Robotics, Space engineering
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: Alabama, California, Colorado, D.C. Metro/ Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and West Virginia.

At the MIT Space Systems Lab’s five-week STEM camp, student participants compete to win a technically challenging game by programming their strategies into the SPHERES (Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). Students’ programs control the satellites’ speed, rotation, and direction of travel. Each year’s game is motivated by a problem of interest to NASA and MIT.


For local programs, please refer to our guide for State-based STEM Camps and After School Programs.

 

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STEM Contests


Air Force Association (AFA) CyberPatriot Competition

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Teams are tasked with managing the network of a small company. They are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cyber security vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.

AMC 8

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Subjects: Math

It is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics.

American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) Power Contest

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

ARML is billed as the World Series of mathematics competitions. About 120+ teams of 15 students will participate.

Botball®

  • Grades: K-6 (junior challenge); 7-12(Botball)
  • Subjects: Computer programming, Robotics

You can find their current event near you. Scholarships are available for qualified teams.

Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge

  • Grades: 5-8
  • Subjects: Science, Innovation

Students are invited to create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovative solution that could solve an everyday problem. Ten finalists will be chosen based upon their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and communication skills. The highest scoring finalist earns the title America’s Top Young Scientist and wins $25,000 and a once-in-a-lifetime international trip.

eCYBERMISSION

  • Grades: 6-9
  • Subject: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

A team of 3-4 students tackle a mission challenge. The First-Place National Winners will  be awarded $5,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds, and the competitively selected regional finalist teams will win the STEM-in-Action grant to implement their project solutions into their local community.

FIRST

  • Grades: K-3 (Junior FIRST® LEGO® League), 4-8 (FIRST® LEGO® League), 7-12 (FIRST® Tech Challenge), 9-12 (FIRST® Robotics Competition)
  • Subjects: LEGO® bricks,  Robotics

FIRST offers robotics programs worldwide.  Find the events/programs/teams in your area.

Future City Competition

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Subjects: STEM(science, technology, engineering, math)

In a team setting, students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue, then present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity).

MATHCOUNTS Competition Series

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Subjects: Math

MATHCOUNTS competitions are provided at four levels: school, chapter, state and national.

MATHCOUNTS Math Video Challenge

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Subjects: Math

Combining art, writing, math, acting and technology, students work together in teams of 4 to create a video that explains the solution to a MATHCOUNTS handbook problem and demonstrates a real-world application of the mathematics concept explored in the problem.

NASA Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments (CELERE)

  • Grades: 8-12 or 5-12 (multilevel teams)
  • Subjects: STEM

The CELERE Design Challenge is a joint educational program of NASA and Portland State University (PSU), enabling students in grades 8-12 to participate in micro gravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the International Space Station (ISS).

National Stem League (NSL)

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

There are three series in the NSL league: Racing Challenge, Rover Challenge, Innovators-in-Training Challenge with a Energy Challenge as a bonus category in all three series.

National STEM Video Game Challenge

  • Grades: 5-8 (middle school category), 9-12 (high school category)
  • Subjects: Game design

The STEM Challenge is a game design competition that received strong media attention from major outlets such as CNN, Forbes, and Education Week as well as local and national press.

NSBE Jr. Bridge Magazine Contests

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

NSBE Jr. Explorer Technical Innovation Competition

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

Perennial Math Tournaments

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Subjects: Math

Purple Comet! Math Meet

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: Math, Science and African-American history

It is a free, on-line, international, team mathematics competition conducted annually since 2003.

Rocket City Math League (RCML)

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: Math

It is a year-long student-run international four-round math competition ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus.

Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

  • Grades: 1 -12
  • Subjects: Robotics

Science Olympiad

  • Grades: K -12
  • Subjects: Genetics, Earth science, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physics, Geology, Mechanical engineering and Technology

Currently, there are nearly 7,000 secondary schools from 50 states participating  annual Science Olympiad National Tournament, with an additional 10,000 or more elementary schools holding Science Olympiad tournaments or hands-on events. Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)

  • Grades: 7-12
  • Subjects: Rocket design, STEM

It is the world’s largest student rocket contest.

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision

Grades: K-12 Subjects: Science, Technology

ExploraVision is one of the world’s largest K-12 science competitions. More than 350,000 students from across the United States and Canada have participated since its inception in 1992. 2-4 students work in a group to pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles.

U.S.A. Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS)

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: Math

Different from most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows students a full month, or more, to work out their solutions. The problems range in difficulty from being within the reach of most high school students to challenging the best students in the nation.