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STEM Competitions are self-motivating ways to encourage students to apply their STEM skills to solve problems and potentially earn big rewards for doing so! There are a wide variety of local, national, and robotics competitions. This guide includes some of the more popular competitions.
Battle of the Brains
Sponsored by Burns & McDonnell. Area schools can earn a piece of $155,000-plus in grants for STEM education by dreaming up an exhibit concept for Science City — and one student team sees its idea come to life. More than 25,000 students in 55 school districts have benefited from this immersive educational opportunity.
Kansas City Invention Convention
An affiliate program of The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Students in grades 4 through 12 from around the KC metro are empowered to imagine new solutions to everyday challenges. Students embark on a journey of creativity and growth, with a chance to win prizes, scholarships and an opportunity to go to nationals.
KU High School Design Competition
Student-run design competition at the University of Kansas which covers all aspects of engineering, and comes with the potential for scholarships.
A national youth cyber education program created in the United States to help direct students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. The program was created by the Air Force Association.
A competition where kids design a future city.
ITEEA REACH Challenge
This is an adaptive technology project with unique curriculum about Empathy, User Centered Design, and more. Students then use their STEM skills to create a piece of adaptive technology for a person or animal in their community. Entries are judged and teams are eligible for awards.
A competition for K–12 students that challenges students to envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology. ExploraVision aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards.
Check the STEM Robotics guide for more resources on robotics competitions.
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