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For Educators


Show off your best science skills, and compete for cool prizes and major bragging rights!

Chain Reaction Contraption Contest

Powered by Westinghouse Electric Company
3/4/2017 to 12/14/2019

Tues., Dec. 10, 2019

Your mission, if you choose to accept it: Build a contraption that accomplishes a specific task in 20 steps or more. This competition pairs student teams with engineer mentors and teacher sponsors. Teams submit preliminary design drawings and progress photos that document their contraptions' evolution, then present their contraptions for judging based on functionality, complexity, and creativity in achieving the task.

Visit ChainReactionContest.org or contact Lorren Kezmoh at 412.237.1552 or KezmohL@CarnegieScienCecenter.org for more info and eligibility requirements.

Future City Competition

3/4/2017 to 1/19/2020

Competition: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020, Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center is your host for the National Engineers Week Future City Competition, an innovative, nationally recognized engineering program for students in grades 6–8. Students work in teams, with a teacher and an engineering mentor, to design a city of the future using SimCity™ software. They build a scale model of their city, write an essay on an engineering-related topic, and present their creation during the local competition. Winners go on to compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C.

Visit futurecity.org/pennsylvania-pittsburgh or contact Lorren Kezmoh at 412.237.1552 or KezmohL@CarnegieScienCecenter.org for more info and eligibility requirements.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support and cooperation:


Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania logo

University of Pittsburgh Energy GRID Institute logo


AECOM logo

American Society of Civil Engineers logo

Hatch logo


Duquesne University Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences logo

Special Awards

  • American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Pittsburgh Section
  • American Planning Association (APA), Pennsylvania Chapter, Southwest Section
  • American Society of Highway Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Pittsburgh Section
  • Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania
  • National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Pittsburgh Post
  • University of Pittsburgh Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair

3/4/2017 to 3/29/2020

Students show off their science abilities during the Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair as they compete for more than $1 million in cash prizes and scholarships from local companies and universities. Every March, hundreds of students take on the challenge of designing, implementing, and communicating an original experiment. Middle school students may be eligible to compete at the Broadcom MASTERS competition. High school students may be eligible for the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.

Visit PittsburghScienceFair.org or contact Stuart McNiell at 412.237.1821 or McNiellS@CarnegieScienceCenter.org for more info and eligibility requirements.

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