The Kids’ Science Challenge (KSC) is a free, nationwide competition in which students in grades 3 to 6 submit experiments and problems for scientists and engineers to solve. Each year KSC selects three science topics and a panel of expert scientists and engineers. The entry process has three steps: students conduct research on the three topics
(in 2012, Zero Waste, Animal Smarts, Meals on Mars); then they brainstorm their ideas, experiments or problems; and finally they submit their ideas or experiments for scientists to solve. Students may enter in more than one science topic, but they must complete and submit a new application for each entry. There is a limit of one entry per topic for an individual or team. Students are not required to complete a project or build a prototype; the KSC entry form requires only a well thought-out written essay and an optional drawing. If students need help in coming up with creative ideas, they can check out the brainstorming tool to get started. A grand prize is given to a winning student (or team) in each of the science topics. The grand-prize winner for each topic will win a trip to visit and work with a scientist or engineer to test their winning idea in a lab, workshop or research setting. The first 1,000 entrants receive a free Science Activity Kit with hands-on projects related to the three science topics.
Deadline: February 28, 2012
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