For Educators


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

Future City Competition
Competition: Jan. 23, 2016, Carnegie Music Hall

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 or contact Lisa Kosick at 412.237.1534 or for more info and eligibility requirements.

Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair
Competition: April 1–2, 2016, Heinz Field

Students show off their science abilities during the Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair as they compete for more than $1 million in cash prizes and scholarships from local companies and universities. Each year, 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 or contact Lisa Kosick at 412.237.1534 or for more info and eligibility requirements.

Chain Reaction Contraption Contest
Powered by Westinghouse Electric Company
Competition: Dec. 11, 2015

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 or contact Lisa Kosick at 412.237.1534 or for more info and eligibility requirements.

i5 Digital Video Competition
Story outline submission: February 13, 2015
Deadline for entries: March 23, 2015
Awards ceremony: April 23, 2015
Vote for Viewer's Choice Award: March 29 – April 12

A digital video competition for middle and high school students on the impact of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their lives – namely:

  • innovations
  • issues
  • individuals
  • inspiring careers
  • incredible income potential

Resources are available to help students get started. Videos should be five minutes or less. All participants will be invited to an awards ceremony at the Science Center on April 24; all films will be showcased at the Rangos Omnimax Theater. Call Geri Baker at 412.237.1552 or visit for details.

Download the i5 Digital Video Competition flyer.