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Opportunities for K-12 Students

Younger competitors can demonstrate their skill in converting a gasoline car to electric power, designing the "School of the Future" and more in these competitions sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other organizations.


2014 Geothermal Student Competition - GeoEnergy is Beautiful
The GeoEnergy Is Beautiful 2014 competition promotes geothermal energy as a key player in the nation's renewable energy mix. Student teams from leading colleges and universities and high school seniors are invited to create concepts for high-quality, high-impact infographics and outreach materials that combine accurate, technical information with clear, data-backed messages and aesthetic appeal. Note: The competition accepted applications through April 5, 2014.

BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge
The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge to engage 9th–12th grade students in learning about bioenergy and educating their peers. In this challenge, student teams research, interpret, apply, and then design an infographic that responds to one of four bioenergy topics. Selected infographics are promoted nationally on the BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Map and via social media. Visit the website for more information!

National Science Bowl
Department of Energy's annual Science Bowl competition for 2013 has begun. Thousands of students are now participating in 120 regional competitions all across the country. Regional winners will earn fully-paid trips to Washington D.C. for the National Finals - and all the students who participate take home valuable experience and inspiration to continue their science careers.


General Energy and Environment

Council of Educational Facility Planners, International (CEFPI) Design Competition
This annual competition, open to middle school students, challenges students to design their schools to enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive, and engage the surrounding community.

Foundation for Water & Energy Education: Energize our Future College Scholarships
College scholarships are available for five high school students in the northwestern United States who write the best essays about the Northwest's energy future.

Igniting Creative Energy Challenge
This educational competition encourages K-12 students to learn more about energy and the environment.

National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project Youth Awards
The NEED Youth Awards Program combines academic competition with recognition to acknowledge everyone involved in NEED programs during the year and to recognize those who achieve excellence in energy education in their schools and communities.

Technologies and Engineering

This competition, administered by the National Science Teachers Association, encourages K-12 students to create technologies of the future.

Imagine Tomorrow
Washington State University's Imagine Tomorrow challenges high school students to seek new ways to support the transition to alternate energy sources. Students research complex topics, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior.

Shell Eco-marathon
The Shell Eco-marathon challenges high school and college student teams from around the world to design, build and test energy efficient vehicles. With annual events in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the winner is the team that goes the furthest distance using the least amount of energy.

The Real World Design Challenge (Grades 9-12)
This annual event provides high school students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment.

What If? Live Student Design Challenge
This challenge, by NASA and the Ahoora Foundation of Plano, Texas has registration open through Feb. 28 2013 for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to 18-year-old students will design experimental propulsion systems using materials that are cheap and easy to get. What If? is designed to excite students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.