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Chance to Compete in Science & Engineering Festival

HSLDA’s Federal Relations Department

June 10, 2010

We are excited to announce the first ever USA Science & Engineering Festival. This nationwide event is coming to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this October, and the organizers want to get the word out to the homeschool community. For details visit the expo’s webpage.

The festival will offer hundreds of hands-on science exhibits, workshops, and performances. More than 400 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 October 10–23, 2010, and the expo on the National Mall October 23–24, 2010.

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

“Why Science is Cool”—The K-12 Kavli Science Video Contest. This contest challenges students to use their love of science to inspire everyone. The winning videos will be broadcast on a large screen at the festival, as well as other venues, including potential media partners and websites. Cash prizes will support science education at the student’s school or organization, and electronics certificates and software will be awarded to the students. Winners receive a travel stipend to D.C. to attend the expo. D.C. regional winners will be invited to a special Discovery Channel Mythbusters reception in D.C. in September. The Kavli video contest offers a great way to hone skills in digital storytelling, electronic journalism, and media production, while broadening students’ understanding of science, and inspiring an appreciation for science through the art of communication.
Deadline: July 15, 2010
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“You Can Do the Rubik’s Cube”—Regional K-12 teams will compete for the fastest time to collectively solve 25 Rubik’s Cubes. The top six finalists will compete for the championship at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall on October 23. Prizes range from $100 to $1,000 and will be awarded by Dr. Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s Cube.
Deadline for team registration: October 1, 2010.
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“Environmental Engineering Challenge: Design a Sustainable Dream House”—The American Academy of Environmental Engineers is challenging middle and high school students to design a residential home that a family of four could comfortably live in while taking advantage of sustainable design concepts such as energy efficiency, reusable natural resources, the sun, and much more. The top winner in each category will get a chance to present their submittal in Washington, D.C. during the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall, October 23–24, 2010.
Deadline for entries: September 15, 2010
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We hope that you and your family can take advantage of these exciting contests.