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Ongoing Events

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon - The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. http://www.solardecathlon.gov/.



RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge - In this unique education initiative, students in grades 7-12 work collaboratively as engineers and scientists to solve real-world problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope and Robonaut 2. This work encourages students to explore and build skills essential for successful careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The RWIW Challenge runs during the academic year in two phases of project based learning and team competition.



Kavli “Save the World Through Science & Engineering” Video Contest - The Kavli Foundation is challenging Grades 6-12 students across the world to brainstorm and share their ideas! Students worldwide are invited to submit entries starting Nov 1, 2013 to the 2014 video contest, with cash awards and prizes for the top entries. The best videos will be shown at the USA Science and Engineering Festival during April 26-27, 2014, where hundreds of thousands of science fans are expected to gather in Washington, D.C. The first place winner will also receive a travel stipend to attend the Expo. http://www.usasciencefestival.org/2014-festival/2014-contests/kavli-video-contest-2013-2014.html.



Spirit of Innovation Challenge - This annual competition challenges high school student teams to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to develop the products of tomorrow. Along the way, coaches, world-renowned scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are there to mentor you and help turn your idea into a reality. http://conradawards.org/pages/competition.



Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision - The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision is a fun science competition that encourages students of all grade levels to imagine what technology might be like in the future. All it takes is a teacher sponsor like you to get your students excited and fuel their excitement for learning. http://www.exploravision.org/.



MATHCOUNTS - MATHCOUNTS is a national math coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. https://mathcounts.org/sslpage.aspx.



FIRST Lego League - Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
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Broadcom MASTERS - Broadcom MASTERS, sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, is a national science fair competition for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to inspire students to continue their studies in Math, Science, Technology and Engineering throughout highschool which will open exciting career pathways for them. The Broadcom MASTERS National Finals are held every fall in Washington, D.C. with a grand prize from the Henry & Susan Samueli Foundation of a $25,000 education savings bond. For more information, visit http://www.broadcomfoundation.org/masters.



Science Olympiad - Science Olympiad – Orange County - Science Olympiad tournaments are interscholastic academic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events for which students prepare for during the year. The events are balanced among the science disciplines of chemistry, biology, earth science,
physics, and technology. For more information, visit http://soinc.org/.



Orange County Science & Engineering Fair - The OCSEF is an annual event organized to encourage the youth of our county to learn about science and to consider a career in science or engineering. The OCSEF is open to 6th - 12th grade students attending public or private schools in Orange County. For more information, visit http://www.ocsef.org .



Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) - Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective academic development program. MESA engages thousands of educationally disadvantaged students so they excel in math and science and graduate with math-based degrees. MESA partners with all segments of California higher education as well as K-12 institutions. For more information, visit http://mesa.ucop.edu .



Upcoming Events

For Children and Families

Imaginology- Full STEAM Ahead
Attend the 35th annual Imaginology on April 11-13, 2014. This event features family-friendly STEAM-related exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages. Hours- Friday 9-3 p.m Sat & Sun 10-5 p.m and located at the OC Fair Grounds. Admission is free to this event, parking is $7. http://www.ocfair.com/steam/2014/index.php

STEM and the Arts Career Showcase
This showcase is a collaboration of the corporate, education, and nonprofit worlds coming together to create an engaging and interactive Career Exploration program experience. On April 11-13, 2014, this event at the OC Fair Grounds will give families the opportunity to explore educational displays, exhibits, and workshops focused on future STEM careers. http://vitallinkoc.org/youth/special-programs

Kid 2.0
On June 1, 2014 this event at Cal State Fullerton introduces kids to what Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math professionals create and do at their jobs. The demonstrations will have exciting things for the students to explore as they move to the wide variety of exhibits that will be on display. As the students are participating in the exhibit activities, their parents can learn about the jobs of the future and how to support their children as they are “Exploring the Future Me.”


For Teachers

Project Tomorrow's 2014 Innovation in Education Award
Project Tomorrow’s 2014 Innovation in Education Awards showcase and reward school programs, educators and students for their innovative use of science, math and technology in the classroom and local community. We are seeking nominations for Innovative School-wide Programs, High Impact Teachers, and Emerging Student Innovators. Applications are due on May 30, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/innovationawards.html http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/innovationawards.html

STEM-Maker Photo Contest for Educators
The OC STEM Initiative is excited to announce the launch of the STEM-Maker Photo Contest for Educators. Open from May 1-30, 2014, this contest challenges educators to develop fun and creative ways to introduce STEM and Making into their classrooms, and view other projects in the OC STEM-Maker community. Whether you teach PreK-8th grade at a school, museum or after-school program, show us how your students engage in STEM learning through Making. Enter Your Photo Today for a chance to win 1 of 4 gift cards to LakeShore! https://basicfront.easypromosapp.com/p/141573