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America's Amazing Teens Competition

Logo Americas Amazing TeensAmerica's Amazing Teens(tm) is an online competition to identify, honor and mentor exceptional teens with innovative ideas... think "Shark Tank" meets "American Idol".

America's Amazing Teens provides a platform for young scientists, researchers, web developers, and inventors to help bring their ideas to life.

Check out the site to participate, sign up for the newsletter, read more about the rules and stay up to date on news from the organization here.

Prizes are given monthly with a grand prize of $75,000!

Competition begins in September 2014

Microsoft Competitions and Awards 2014

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SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT LIFECYCLE CHALLENGE

Enter the Microsoft Imagine Cup Challenge and win up to $50,000!  The theme this year is Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), with three categories:  Project Video Challenge (September - October), Project Blueprint Challenge (November - December) and User Experience Challenge (January - February).  The clock is already started, so get started now here!

GAMES COMPETITION

Active Dates:  Tues Sept 10, 2013 - Thurs Jul 31, 2014
Join the global game revolution. Today, great games come from anywhere and people play them everywhere. On their phones, on their computers, on their tablets, in their browser, with their friends, with anyone, with everyone. Powerful game engines and libraries are available for free so students can get started right away. There’s really never been a better time to make the next great game. We’ve seen amazing games come out of nowhere in the last few years. Many of them have been made by students around the world. Have you got an idea? Then get a team, make a plan, and make it happen! The Imagine Cup Games Competition is a global contest for the best new student games and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet game using Windows, or a mobile game using Windows Phone, or a browser game using Windows Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle 2014. Game on!    Site Rules

INNOVATION COMPETITION

Active Dates:  Tues Sept 10, 2013 - Thurs Jul 31, 2014
The next big thing could come from you. Incredible, world-changing software innovations often come from students. Social networks, music services, digital photography apps, gadgets and robotics – the list goes on. We're looking for the next big thing and we know students like you are going to make it. This competition is the doorway to your success. If you can win here, you can go anywhere. If you've got a great idea, assemble a great team and work hard to bring that idea to life. Your project could be on devices all over the world, changing lives and giving people the thrill of seeing the future come to life right in front of them. The Imagine Cup Innovation Competition is a global contest for the best new innovative software and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet project using Windows, or a mobile project using Windows Phone, or a browser project using Windows Azure and you could win at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle!  Site Rules
WORLD CITIZENSHIP COMPETITION
Where everyone sees problems, you can find solutions. Since Imagine Cup started in 2003, students all over the world have teamed up to make the world a better place. By creating impressive new technology projects in fields such as health, education, and the environment these students have shown the world new ways to think and to change. You can be next. Find a problem in the world, even in your own life or community, that affects many people, and then work to solve it. Build a project that could change lives – and change your own in the process, because the team you assemble to bring this vision to life will learn more and challenge themselves more than any of you can yet imagine. Become the change you want to see in the world. The Imagine Cup World Citizenship Competition is a global contest for the best new software to address social issues and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet project using Windows, or a mobile project using Windows Phone, or a browser project using Windows Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle 2014. The world is waiting!  LINKS:  Site Rules
 

The 2014 Young Scientists Challenge

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The 2014 Young Scientists Challenge, sponsored by Discovery Education 3M challenges students to use science and innovation to solve real world challenges.  Open to students in grades 5 - 8, each participant will create a 1 - 2 minute video that explains his or her solution to an everyday problem.  While the videos don’t need to be ‘produced’ they do need to reflect the student’s understanding of the scientific concept they are discussing.10 finalists and up to 51 merit winners will be chosen.  The 10 finalists will participate in a Summer Mentoring Program and be paired up with 3M scientists to complete a summer assignment related to innovation.   The Challenge will conclude in October with a trip to Minnesota to present their completed project for judging.The first place winner will receive $25,000 among other prizes.  The Finalists, Runners up and Second place will also receive prizes.  

The 2014 Young Scientist Challenge was open for entries until April 22, 2014. Come back again next year for next year's challenge.

Enter the DNA Day Essay Contest

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 9th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! The contest is open to students in grades 9-12.  

The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay question.   Essays are read and evaluated by several independent judges through three rounds of scoring.

Over a dozen awards up to $1000 given to both teachers and students! 

2014 Question

Complex traits, such as blood pressure, height, cardiovascular disease, or autism, are the combined result of multiple genes and the environment.  For ONE complex human trait of your choosing, identify and explain the contributions of at least one genetic factor AND one environmental factor.  How does this interplay lead to a phenotype?  Keep in mind that the environment may include nutrition, psychological elements, and other non-genetic factors.  If the molecular or biological basis of the interaction between  the genetic and environmental factors is known, be sure to discuss it.  If not, discuss the gaps in our knowledge of how those factors influence your chosen trait.

Click here to submit an application by Contest application deadline April 25, 2014. Come back again for next year's contest.

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