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

Future City Competition
Orientation: Sept. 28, 2012; 10 am–noon
Registration deadline: Oct. 15, 2012
Competition: Jan. 19, 2013, 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 of three, with a teacher and an engineering mentor, to design a city of the future using SimCity Deluxe 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 Carol Schoemer at 412.237.1640 or for more info and eligibility requirements.

Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair
School registration deadline: Nov. 15, 2012
Competition: April 5–6, 2013, 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 to compete at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, May 12-17, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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

PRSEF Workshops

Students, parents, and teachers: Learn how to jump start your science fair research, pick a topic, and prepare your project for judges at the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair on April 5-6. Listen to advice from past science fair winners, as well as Science Center and the University of Pittsburgh staff, at the following locations from 6:30-8pm:

Oct. 1 – Murrysville Community Library, Murrysville
Oct. 2 – St. Joseph High School, Natrona Heights
Oct. 10 – Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh
Oct. 11 – Moon Area Middle School, Moon Township
Oct. 16 – Pittsburgh SciTech Academy, Pittsburgh

Reserve your spot today! Contact Lisa Kosick at 412.237.1534 or

Chain Reaction Contraption Contest
Powered by Westinghouse Electric Company
Orientation: September 27, 2012
Registration deadline: Oct. 1, 2012
Competition: Dec. 7, 2012

Your mission, if you choose to accept it: Build a contraption in a series of 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.

NEW! i5 Digital Video Competition
Deadline for entries: March 31, 2013
Awards ceremony: April 25, 2013

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 25; all films will be showcased at the Rangos Omnimax Theater. Call 412.237.1552 or visit for details.