High School Science Opportunities for Students

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$5000 Essay Contest!

Governor McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women, in collaboration with the Science Museum of Virginia, today announced the 3rd annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for high school junior and senior girls. 


Applications and guidelines are available online at:



Entries must be submitted by March 30, 2014.  The winning essays will be selected by a panel of judges who hold a degree in or work in STEM fields.


Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing - Author and researcher Hod Lipson 

HOD LIPSON - Thursday, April 24 7 pm | ISAT/CS 159   Hod Lipson is a professor of engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York,and a co-author of the recent book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing”. His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots, food printing, and bio-printing has received widespread media coverage including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, CNN, and the National Public Radio. Lipson hasco-authored over 200 technical papers and speaks frequently at high-profile venuessuch as TED and the US National Academies. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab,which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative. For more information visit http://lipson.mae.cornell.edu


The American Chestnut in the Forests of the Frontier - Frontier Culture Winter Lecture Series

The American Chestnut has iconic, if not mythological, status in the American memory, particularly in the Appalachian region.  These trees towered over the mountain landscape of the east for centuries as the dominant hardwood species.  Its wood was used for everything from furniture to fence rails, and the its nuts fed both people and livestock.  The blight that killed-off the American Chestnut in the twentieth century is regarded by many, scientists and laymen alike, as one the greatest natural tragedies in American history.  This series will raise public awareness of the importance of this tree species to frontier culture when it was thriving, and of the efforts now under way to restore it to its natural habitat.

All Lectures will take place in the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall

Tuesday February 18, 2014 7:00pm

Donald Davis – “Giving Character to the Landscape: Finding Chestnuts in American Frontier History

Tuesday February 25, 2014 7:00pm

John Scrivani – “How Chestnut Acquired and Lost Keystone Species Status.”

Tuesday March 4, 2014 7:00pm

Harmony J. Dalgleish – “The Ecology of American Chestnut Restoration.”

Tuesday March 11, 2014 7:00pm

Ralph Lutts – “Chestnut Trade in Southwestern Virginia.”




VIMS summer gov school

Valley Ridge Regional Governor’s School VRGS

Smithsonian Internships must be 16 or older

Career Exploration Program

[Students Grades 9-12 & Higher Education]
The Career Exploration Program is an internship experience offered at NASA's Johnson Space Center and White Sands Test Facility to high school, undergraduate and graduate students in science, engineering and business fields. Internships range from 10 weeks to a year long.

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Great Moonbuggy Race

[Students Grades 9-Higher Education]
The Great Moonbuggy Race is an annual competition for students to design well-crafted vehicles to manipulate rugged simulated lunar terrain at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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Middle School Science Opportunities for Students

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Gr 3-6: Kids’ Science Challenge Opportunity

Deadline: Ongoing, beginning in October 2011

Information: http://www.kidsciencechallenge.com/

The Kids’ Science Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Pulse of the Planet, is a nationwide annual competition in which students in grades 3–6 submit experiments and problems for real scientists and engineers to solve. An online video provides an overview of this year’s challenge topics: Zero Waste, Animal Smarts and Meals on Mars. Through the video, students will learn what the scientists and engineers are challenging them to do: to come up with ideas or inventions that no one has thought of before.


Enjoy Engineering Camp a camp at UVA for rising 8th & 9th graders

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) summer camp for rising 6th -8th

...And Something for Everyone

JMU's Free shows at the Well's Planetarium on Saturday's at 2:30 (younger audience) and 3:30 (middle school and up)


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