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November 28, 2017 | Student Opportunities

Enter for a chance to win US$4000.

Are you a university student who loves developing video games? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of young students? 

If so, enter the IEEE STEM Video Game Competition today!

The 2017 IEEE STEM Video Game Competition challenges university students to create STEM video games for students ages 8-17. Winning games will be published on TryEngineering.org and IEEE TryComputing.org to be enjoyed by students and teachers globally.

Enter here by 1 December 2017:  http://tryengineering.org/stem-game-competition

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November 13, 2017 | Announcements

Check out two new lesson plans on TryEngineering.org!

Designing Drones - This lesson focuses on helicopters and drones, how they fly, how they are used in different ways that help people and the environment. Teams of students explore helicopter flight; and design, build, and test their own simple rotor out of basic materials.

Take Flight This lesson explores flight and how the design of a glider will improve aerodynamic function. Teams of students discover the forces that impact flight and design, build, and test their own gliders out of simple materials.

TryEngineering.org. lessons encourage problem solving, critical thinking and team building skills. Each lesson includes step-by-step instructions, a list of low-cost materials, background information, and student worksheets. All lesson plans are aligned to national education standards including the Next Generation Science Standards, ITEEA Standards for Technological Literacy and Common Core Mathematics Standards where applicable.

October 3, 2017 | Student Opportunities

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, Get involved with one of these great competitions now open for registration!

CyberCenturion (UK)

Are you aged 12-18 and enjoy puzzles, code breaking and cyber? The competition is played by teams of four, with an optional reserve player. Each team must include a responsible adult as the liaison between the organisers and the participants, and every team participant must be aged 12-18 years during the entirety of the competition; to include the final.

To encourage further diversity in the competition there will be a series of ‘tracks’ for CyberCenturion: girls only teams, boys only teams, mixed teams and cadet teams. Read more on this here. Places in the final will be awarded to the top scoring teams in the overall leaderboard and each tracks’ leaderboard.  The National Finals of CyberCenturion will take place in early March 2018 in London with 10 teams battling it out for prizes and the accolade of CyberCenturion champion 2018.

Register your team by 6 October 2017!

Learn more at: http://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/competitors/cybercenturion/

CyberPatriot (US)
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company.

In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six-hour period.  Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

Register your team by 4 October 2017!

earn more at: http://www.uscyberpatriot.org/home

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October 2, 2017 | Student Opportunies


First, complete a coding activity to build a Snapchat Geofilter that expresses your vision for the future. Then write a statement about the future you envision and how you plan to achieve it. Submit both to the #MyFutureMe Challenge for a chance to build your own live Snapchat lens and more!

This challenge is open to residents of the United States who are 13-18 years of age at the time of entry.


Five finalists will join us at TEDWomen in New Orleans with their parent/guardian. There, they’ll receive mentoring sessions from Google engineers and work with Snap Inc. engineers to create a lens.

One finalist's lens will go live nationally!



Deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. PT on October 8, 2017

young girl coding on laptop
September 15, 2017 | Student Opportunities

Coding is the new team sport for future tech leaders and innovators. This year, teams will participate in three rounds of missions over a five-month period to become eligible for a Wonder Workshop sponsored Invitational Round in Spring 2018. Teams of kids, ages 6-8 and 9-12, will design solutions for real-world science and technology challenges by programming Dash & Dot. They will develop problem-solving and creativity skills while building meaningful relationships with their peers and having fun! Plus they will display their scientific thinking through authentic journaling. 

Grand Prize

• $5,000 STEM grant
• Each member of a winning team receives a Dash robot
• National recognition
• Official Invitational Round Winning Team Certificates

Top 5 Teams

• Each member of a winning team receives a Dash robot
• Official Invitational Round Winning Team Certificates


• Recognized Honorable Mentions
• Official Invitational Round Participation Certificates

Register today!

paper and light bulb
August 28, 2017 | Student Opportunities

Navigator paper is celebrating 25 years of innovation by launching an app idea competition which challenges brilliant minds to come up with the best ideas that can make the digital world and office paper work together. 

The best idea will be awarded $20,000 USD, the runner up $7,500 USD and the third place $2,500 USD.

Learn more at: https://navigator-app-challenge.com/ 

light blox and lens

TryEngineering has partnered with Laser Classroom to bring you an exciting new lesson on optical engineering. The goal of this lesson is to provide students with an open-ended opportunity to explore and work with the materials, make and share observations, and build a foundational understanding of the relationship between gelatin shapes and light. Open-ended exploration encourages creativity and problem solving useful to meet the final challenge of designing a lens system to improve vision.

Check out the lesson here: http://tryengineering.org/lesson-plans/an-eye-optics

August 18, 2017 | Inspirations

On Tuesday, August 15th, kids in twenty different countries broke the record by joining in the Moonhack event. Moonhack is an Australian record setting hackathon that wants to get kids interested in coding. Kids had one day to write code for something in one of Moonhack’s coding platforms. The only rule was that their animations, games, or websites feature a moon somewhere in their design. Kids also had the option to complete a Moonhack project using one of three programs: Scratch Jr, Scratch, or Python. This year, kids doubled the Moonhack record from 2016, bringing it from 10,207 to 28,575 participants. 

August 9, 2017 | Articles

The Girl Scouts of America just released 23 new badges for STEM education and the outdoors. The new badges include fields like engineering, computer science, and robotics. In the process of earning these badges, girl scouts and brownies will learn scientific concepts like meteorology and how to navigate in the wilderness. The Girl Scouts of America are hoping to get young girls interested in STEM education at a young age so that they are prepared for today’s scientific and technical workforce.

August 9, 2017 | Games

Code Combat is a platform for students to learn coding while playing a real game. Play the game here



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