Chain Reaction Contraption Contest
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Orientation: Sept. 21, 2011
Registration deadline: Oct. 3, 2011
Competition: Dec. 9, 2011
This spirited competition fosters an interest in engineering by challenging students to create a contraption that will accomplish a specific task using a series of steps. This year's task will be released in August. Under the guidance of 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.
Eligibility: All students in grades 9–12 are invited to participate. Go to ChainReactionContest.org for more info
Contact: Lisa Kosick, 412.237.1534 or
Future City Competition
Orientation: Sept. 30, 2011; Carnegie Science Center; 10 am–noon
Registration deadline: October 15, 2011
Competition: Jan. 21, 2012, 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™ 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. Go to FutureCityPittsburgh.org to learn more.
Eligibility: Students in grades 6–8 who live in the following counties may participate:
Pennsylvania — Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland.
West Virginia — All counties.
Contact: Carol Schoemer, 412.237.1640, or SchoemerC@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Workshops: Fall 2011, Visit our website for details.
School registration deadline: Nov. 15, 2011
Student registration deadline: Varies; visit website for dates.
Competition: March 30–31, 2012, Heinz Field
Since 1940, more than 40,000 middle and high school students from western Pennsylvania and West Virginia have competed in the annual Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Each year, hundreds of students take on the challenge of designing, implementing, and communicating about an original experiment. Students present their research on poster boards, discuss their findings with judges, and compete for more than $1 million in cash prizes and scholarships. Winners move on to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where more than $4 million is awarded in prizes and scholarships. Visit PittsburghScienceFair.org for details.
Eligibility: Students in grades 6–12 who live in the following counties may participate:
Pennsylvania — Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Snyder, Venango, Washington, and Westmoreland.
West Virginia — Marion, Monongalia, and Preston.
Contact: Lisa Kosick, 412.237.1534 or KosickL@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.