This year's Eco Challenge is a virtual program that will include an introduction to the Fairchild Challenge, a field trip program, a live interview with a Botany in Action Fellow, and a take-away project that’s tied to this year’s challenge. There is a registration fee of $5 per student.
There are multiple time slots available. You will only need to choose one. Please choose the best time slot for you. There is a maximum of 30 students per time slot, but if your group needs to fit in more for a time slot, please let me know.
Teams of up to five high school students are tasked with the challenge of using their STEM skills and knowledge to solve a problem in their community. Students final project submissions are due by February 1, 2021, no later than 4:00PM. Presentations and the Awards Ceremony will be done virtually.
Registration is now open! The deadline to register is November 20. Project submission guidelines and more information on the virtual presentations and awards ceremony will be shared once registration closes.
This information is for schools in Allegheny County, but this competition is statewide. Each IU holds a regional competition.
Heinz History Center's Virtual History Bowl
Students in grades 4-8 will participate in a virtual tour of some of the galleries of the Heinz History Center. At the end of the hour-long tour, students will be given a link to a scavenger hunt where they will compete on the knowledge learned from their tour. An awards email will be sent to schools after all of the History Bowl sessions have concluded.
There is a fee of $5 per student to participate. Schools will be invoiced after the event.
The PA Media and Design Competition will be virtual this year. Teams will submit projects electronically by March 31. More information will be sent to registered teams.
Registration and Information about the PA Media and Design Competition can be found here.
STEM Design Challenge
The STEM Design Challenge is an engineering design competition for students in grades 4-8. Teams of between 2 and 4 students work to solve a problem. They will create a project using recyclable materials and/or K'Nex, write a Design Notebook, and submit a blueprint. Teams must submit a 2 minute video presentation of their response to the challenge.
The 2021 STEM Design Challenge, along with related resources and links, can be found here.
Allegheny County schools can register for the virtual competition here. Teams must submit all competition materials by Friday, March 19, 2021.