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February 17, 2012

Chance to Compete in Science & Engineering Festival

Melanie Palazzo
Congressional Action Program Director

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is back! This nationwide event is coming to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., this April, and the organizers want to get the word out to the homeschool community. For details, visit the expo’s webpage.

The festival will offer over 2,000 hands-on science exhibits, workshops, and performances. Many of the nation’s leading science, engineering, and academic organizations will participate in the festival and expo.

In addition, national student contest opportunities are open to students now. These contests are being held in advance of festival events April 14–21 and the expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will be April 28–29.

Here are some of the contest opportunities. We encourage you to consider these for your children:

The KidWind Challenge: Student Wind Turbine Design Competition!

The KidWind Challenge is a student-oriented wind turbine design contest. Students will design and construct their own wind turbines with the goal of creating a device that is efficient, elegant, and highly functional. To accomplish this task, and arrive prepared at a Challenge, students must perform research to better understand the science of wind, be analytical about testing protocols, think creatively about solutions to problems and work collaboratively to get their project completed on time. Student teams will convene at the USA Science and Engineering Festival and the teams enter a judging process. Learn more about the KidWind Challenge including how to register by clicking here.

Save the World Through Science and Engineering Video Contest

The contest is open to students in grades 6–12 and the deadline is March 21, 2012. Students make a short video (30–90 seconds) that shows how scientific discoveries and inventions can improve our lives and help change our world, either right now or in the future. Videos are posted on Schooltube and students compete for cash prizes! First prize is $2,000 and a travel stipend to Washington, D.C., to the USA Science & Engineering Festival: April 28–29, Second prize is $750, Third prize is $500, and People’s Choice is $250. Winners will be honored in a special awards ceremony hosted by Bill Nye the Science Guy. Click here for more details!

We hope that you and your family can take advantage of these exciting contests.