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.


America's Home Energy Education Challenge
Sponsored by DOE and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, the Challenge is designed to 1) educate students across the United States in grades 3-8 about energy and the benefits of energy efficiency, 2) teach students to recognize that lowering their home energy use saves money and 3) engage students and their families in a save energy, save money initiative. The challenge application will be available in Spring 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year.

National Junior Solar Sprint/Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Competitions
This DOE program challenges student teams in grades 6-8 to construct model solar and hydrogen fuel cell cars and race them.

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.