Academic Competitions and Events

USC/Chevron's Frontiers Of Energy Resources Summer Camp

As a result of Chevron’s continual commitment in education and STEM, we will be selecting 20 outstanding high school students (rising juniors and rising seniors are eligible to apply) from across the U.S. to attend the Chevron sponsored summer educational camp, "Frontiers of Energy Resources", hosted at the University of Southern California and scheduled for June 25 – 30, 2017.
Selected students are responsible for their own transportation to USC. While on campus, room and board will be covered by Chevron. This competitive summer program, in its 9th year, will introduce students to the science foundation of energy resources.  They will also learn about the career possibilities in energy resources fields.  
We also welcome separate applications from high school science teachers who can attend this weeklong event as observers and return with resources and tools to enrich their educational efforts at their schools.
Applicants should visit to access the online application and download the teacher recommendation form. The application deadline is April 7, 2017.
 April 7, 2017.
For further information please contact


2017 Clean Tech Competition

Create a Greener Future

Win up to $10,000!



Registration is now open for the 2017 Clean Tech Competition, a global research and design challenge for 15-18 year old students. This year’s challenge is to “Create a Greener Future”.


This educational opportunity challenges students to develop innovative, clean technology solutions to real-world issues. Solutions may take on aspects of buildings, materials, and efficiency, indoor environmental quality and “sick buildings”, among other available topics. Student participants will gain experience with focused research, critical thinking, and the scientific process – making it a great project based learning opportunity.


There is no entry fee, and students can participate through school, extracurricular programs or, on their own. Total prizes awarded will be over $30,000 and the Finalist Event will be held on at Stony Brook University, New York!


There is no limit to the number of Teams per organization – so spread the word! Each stage of the competition is designed to be a rewarding process, and more student participation means inspiring more young scientists to help build a better future for our planet. We want students from Andover High School in this year’s competition this year and for years to come.



Learn more and register at:

2017 Boston Regional Brain Bee

     The 2017 Boston Regional Brain Bee will be held on Saturday, February 25th at Tufts University School of Medicine in downtown Boston. Participants must be high school students in grades 9-12. All questions are based on information from the 2012 Brain Facts book, which is available for free download from the Society for Neuroscience website. The top three Boston Regional Brain Bee contestants win a cash prize. In addition, we will subsidize a trip for the winner to represent Boston in the National Brain Bee competition at the University of Maryland during Brain Awareness Week 2017. This year, the National Brain Bee will be held on March 18-20.
     To register online for the exam, visit here

2017 Massachusetts Region IV Science and Engineering Fair

Andover High School has five openings for students who would like to enter a project in the 2017 Region IV Science and Engineering Fair to be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Somerville High School.  In many cases, project plans must be approved by the fair's safety review committee before experimentation begins - visit the Region IV website or see Mr Sanborn for more information, but don't delay if you are interested - time for safety committee reviews is running out.   
World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your middle school high school science classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges: either climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 23, 2017. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at

2016/2017 Witnessing Change Video Competition

This competition asks students to make 2-3 minute documentaries on the personal costs of climate change experienced by members of their own communities. The deadline is Feb 23, 2017. For our high school competition, first and second prize winners will receive prizes of $US 500 and $US 250 respectively The Climate Cost Project and its partners, which include universities and environmental organizations will promote the winning videos as educational and communication tools on climate change. You can read the full for the competition and see the guidelines here:

The video competition was originally designed as a capstone project for students after they complete a brief module (1-5 days of class, depending on the teacher) on environmental economics as it pertains to climate change. The Climate Cost Project designed classroom lesson because we received feedback from educators that there was a shortage of materials to provide a social context for climate change in science education. You can find out more about the less module by following this link: You can also see a short video on the overall project at this link: It is not necessary to use the module in order to take part in the competition, but we wanted the teachers to know that the material is available if they feel that their students need it in order to master the concepts that are covered the competition guidelines.

Our goal is to help students relate the theory that the learn about climate change in class to physical changes and personal impacts that are already occurring in their communities. Then, through the process of making the videos and sharing their work, the students get the opportunity to act as messengers to tell the general public about the impacts climate change in America. The teachers who participated in the pilot program told us the project helped the students connect climate change with the real world around them for the first time.

AMP it up! Challenge 

Your school could win $5,000! Are your students up to the Challenge?
The AMP it up! Challenge invites students to research the inner workings of a manufacturing innovation and how it impacts the world. We’re challenging them to bring it all to life in a 3-minute video and submit it on the AMP it up! website. The video must capture three main ideas about a product, including:
  1. How it’s made 
  2. Why it matters 
  3. What it means to me 
Individual students, classes, groups or clubs can all participate. After careful review by a panel of judges, the public will get a chance to vote online. The top three videos selected will each earn $5,000 donated to their school.

They took the Challenge—and won! It’s real. Your school really can win big. Look who won last year.
  • B.M.C Durfee High School in Fall River (video: Blount Fine Foods and H&S Tool) 
  • Melrose High School (video: Avedis Zildjan Company) 
  • Seven Hills Charter Public School (video: Warner Babcock Institute) 
To see these winning videos or learn more about this year’s AMP it up! Challenge, please visit: 

Video submission deadline is 3/30/17

What A Year! Mass. Society for Medical Research Annual Student Competition

The 2017 MSMR Student Competition – “Hot News!” In the 2017 competition, you may submit an Essay, a Poster or a Website. You may submit multiple entries, but they must be on different topics.

The Challenge
  • For the 2017 MSMR Student Competition, you are a journalist working at a science news service for teenagers. 
  • Your editor wants a report on a recent biomedical research break-through. You have to learn about this new research and present it in a way that shows you really understand what it is and what it means. Your presentation should also be appealing to your audience – teenage science students. 
  • Your editor will accept your work as an Essay, a Poster or a Website, but she is stubborn and cranky and has firm requirements for each kind of submission. Make sure you don’t get fired: follow the boss’s rules, on the following pages. 
  • As a journalist you know that there are many ways to get info about new discoveries, including science websites, TED Talks, science news blogs, research journals, newspapers, magazines, news releases from research organizations, interviews, and your teachers, parents and friends. To get you started, a few specific suggestions are included on pages 9 and 10, below. 
To Be Successful 
  • You must show that you understand the topic and can present it with originality, creativity, clarity and economy. Judging is based on (a) the quality of the information you provide, (b) how well your submission exemplifies the actual biomedical research, and (c) the power of your work. Create your entry so that your audience wants to read or view it. 
Student Prizes (in each Level)
  • 1st Place $500 
  • 2nd Place $250 
  • 3rd Place $100 
  • HM – Certificate of Merit 
Classroom Grants to Teachers (in each Level)
  • 1st Place $100 
  • 2nd Place $50 
  • 3rd Place $25 
For more information, go to:

Deadline: All Posters, Essays, Websites and Entry Forms for the 2017 Competition must be submitted by May 8, 2017, inclusive.

Eligible Participants: New England students in grades 7 - 8 (Level 1) or grades 9 - 12 (Level 2). Every student is eligible: public, parochial, private/independent, home-school. 

The 2017 Ralph Salvucci Online Bridge Contest is underway!

The purpose of the Ralph Salvucci Online Bridge Competition is to provide middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering. The contest is open to all students in grades 6-12. Students use free software put together by The Army Educational Outreach Program to design the cheapest bridge that can carry the truck. When you click on the truck button, your design comes to life and if it can’t make it – CRASH! 

Even if you are younger than Grade 6 – feel free to download the program and create bridges.  It is very realistic and very fun!

For more information or to start competing, follow this link:

2017 Infrastructure Day Signature Competition For Grades 9-12

At present, there is no way to take a train from north of Boston and head either west or south of the city.  How would you solve this problem?  Winners will be special guests at Infrastructure Day on May 13, 2017.  This poster contest is a great opportunity.  We are finding it popular already with high school seniors wishing to do an independent study during the second half of the year.  Visit for rules!  Infrastructure Day will be a whole day of activities, talks, tours and everything else, all aimed at celebrating the 180th birthday of Boston’s Seaport District.