Science Competitions

Australian Science Innovations Science Olympiad

The Australian Science Olympiad is a national extension program aimed at top-performing secondary science students. The competiton culminates in participation in the International Science Olympiad.

BHP Billiton Science & Engineering Awards

The BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards reward young people who have undertaken practical research projects demonstrating creativity, innovation and the use of thorough scientific and engineering procedures. Entry is by nomination and projects may be submitted into one of two categories: 1. experiment, research or investigation and 2. invention or engineering

Australian Science Innovations Big Science Competiton

The Big Science Competition is open to students from years 7 to 12 and is designed to track their performance against state and national averages. Questions are designed to test critical thinking and problem-solving skills and are set in contemporary contexts.

Canada-Wide Science Fair

The Canada-Wide Science Fair is split into three age categories: junior for grades 7 and 8, intermediate for grades 9 and 10, and senior for grades 11 and 12. In order to be able to participate at the CWSF, students must first compete at their regional science fairs.

First Canada

First Canada runs a range of programs, including First Robotics Canada, in which high school students (aged 14 – 18) team up with technology companies to build robots designed to compete against one another. For younger students, the First LEGO Leagues (using LEGO-based robots) are available.

Canadian National Brain Bee

2017 Canadian National Brain Bee

The Brain Bee is a competition for high school students grades 9 through 12. Students are tested on their knowledge about neuroscience and the brain.

Sanofi Biogenius Canada

The Sanofi Biogenius Canada (SBC) program, open to all high school students across Canada, challenges entrants to carry out innovative research projects in the field of biotechnology. Those selected for the SBC competition are matched with local mentors, giving students hands-on research experience in a lab setting. Competitors compile their results and present their findings at regional competitions. Regional winners go on to the National stage, where they compete for the top spot and the chance to compete in the International Biogenius Challenge, held at the BIO International Convention.

University of Toronto National competition

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University of Toronto National Biology Competition
European DNA day essay contest for 2017:
Poster contest:

Brain bee UK National competition

The Uncover Copper Competition

Are you a UK student aged 11–16? Would you like the chance to win £100 (plus £500 for your school) by exploring copper’s essential role in our present and future? Read on!


British Heart Foundation competition

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is offering primary and secondary schools across the UK the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime interactive workshop with a BHF-funded researcher to teach pupils about what the heart does and how it works.



Tap into Great British Bake Off fever by making your own science cake! The Physiological Society is challenging you to make a cake which explains how your body works for your chance to win some great prizes.


The Junior Memory Championship

Now in its ninth year, The Junior Memory Championship™, a hugely popular nationwide memory championship for primary school children, is officially open for entries for 2017


The Big Bang Competition

The Big Bang Competition lets more young people than ever showcase their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects and is open to UK residents in full-time secondary education


Design for a Better World

Design for a better world offers an exciting new global design challenge and competition for students aged 11-14 years. The deadline for entering the competition is the 16th December 2016.


Edina Trust

The Edina Trust provides non-competitive, easy-to-access grants, for primary schools in certain areas of the UK, to be used to promote the teaching of science and gardening.


Salters’ National Awards for Science Technicians

We are delighted to announce that for 2016 these awards are in collaboration with both CLEAPSS and SSERC. The aim of the Awards continues to be about highlighting the importance of technicians in enabling high quality practical work to take place.


CONNECT Young Founders

A very different, very fun experience for budding innovators that will help bridge the gap between an idea and commercial viability. Open to students aged 16-18 and resident in Northern Ireland, five finalists will receive an 8 week summer internships, £1500 each, and mentoring from an expert entrepreneur


British Science week

Poster competition:


Fundraising for lions

Fundraising for lions competition: This fantastic fundraising pack will empower your students to take some social action while having great fun learning about Asiatic lions. Open for students aged 3 to 18 years of age.


Clean Tech Competition

The Clean Tech Competition is a research and design challenge for pre-college youth that builds on sound scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of science, English/language arts, mathematics, technology, the arts, and the design process. Registration closes 26 February 2016. First round submissions due 18 March 2016.


CLEAPSS – ASE Primary Competition

This year’s competition is all about improving biodiversity around the school or local area. Entry is open until 25 October 2016.


Imagine Cup Innovation Competition

Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. We invite all eligible students to use their imagination and passion to create a technology solution in one of our competitions and challenges.


The WEIZMANN UK Safe Cracking Physics Tournament & ISSI

Teams who win the UK tournament receive a travel grant to enable them to travel to and spend 4 days exploring the Weizmann campus and taking part in the Shalheveth Freier International Tournament. Registration for the 2016 Tournament has now closed but registration for the 2017 competition opens in September 2016.


The Great Bug Hunt

As spring approaches, search the habitats around you for bugs of all descriptions. Research, record, draw, paint, photograph and enter your results in the Great Bug Hunt for primary schools. Entry to the 2016 Competition is open until 17 June 2016


Salters’ Chemistry Club Handbook

The Salters’ Chemistry Club Handbooks 1 and 2 are a very popular source of activities for teachers to use in chemistry clubs, enrichment activities or open evenings.


Armourers and Brasiers Tata Sixth Form Materials Prize

A new competition designed to support schools in encouraging students to develop a sustained interest in STEM careers.


Beat the Flood

Suitable for KS2-3 (age 7-14) pupils use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house.


Practical Action STEM Resources

A range of different STEM challenges that can be both incorporated into your lessons or be used as the basis for an off-timetable day. Perfect for National Science and Engineering Week.


SCI-TECH Challenge

A European scheme bringing together students for an annual challenge competition.


Dulux Design Competition

Biology Challenge

Biology Challenge is open to 13-15 year old pupils in Year 9/Year 10 in England and Wales, Year 10/Year 11 in Northern Ireland and S2/S3 in Scotland.


Photography Competition


Intermediate Biology Olympiad

3,500 students took part in the 2016 Intermediate Biology Olympiad on 22nd June 2016. Certificates will be posted to teachers of bronze, silver and gold winning students at the start of the 2016 autumn term.


British Biology Olympiad

The British Biology Olympiad (BBO) is a competition to reward the best young biologists in the country. The Royal Society of Biology supports a team of dedicated volunteers who organise the competition.



We are excited to share that BP has launched the Ultimate STEM Challenge for a third year in partnership with the Science Museum and STEM Learning. This year, students aged 11 to 14 across the UK are being challenged to use their STEM skills creatively to design either a rocketremote controlled aircraft or robot arm that enables a safer and easier working environment in some of the Earth’s most extreme locations. Information is outlined on the BP Education Services website and more information will be available to share with schools in the near future.

The challenges are designed to inspire your students, not just the science enthusiasts. STEM Ambassadors can also get involved to help inspire your students by bringing real-world knowledge and applications to the challenges.

Teams are made up of two to four students aged 11 to 14, and they can win some fantastic prizes, including an invitation to a celebration event at the Science Museum, an Ultimate STEM experience day, £500 for their school and Science Museum goodies.


Bloodhound SSC Education Team have launched season 2 of the Micro:Bit model rocket car challenge (England and Wales only).

The challenge is free for schools to enter and the Army, one of the main sponsors, is again providing some of the kit required free of charge. The competition is open to years 3 to 11. More details here.


This year’s CLEAPSS – ASE Primary Competition is all about improving biodiversity around the school or local area. This year the primary competition is bigger and better than ever! We know that primary schools do great work improving their local environment. Through the competition, we are keen to help you get outside and celebrate working with nature.

Download the competition details here. Entry is open until 25 October.


Introduce your students to the exciting world of engineering by booking an in-schoolSmallpeice Trust STEM Day for Years 6-11 – perfect for bringing science, technology, engineering and maths subjects to life. A Smallpeice educator will come to your school to hold a STEM Day workshop for up to 60 students. Depending on the course you’ve booked, the session will run for a full or half-day around normal school hours.

Pupils taking part can register for a Discovery CREST Award (FREE to Welsh students)

Most of the STEM Days are FREE thanks to sponsorship of our corporate partners.


If your pupils have carried out a CREST Award you can enter their project for the National Science + Engineering Competition. This is open to all 11-18 year olds living in the UK and in full-time education. The deadline is Monday 31 October 2016.


The competition is designed to encourage students to apply their knowledge of art history, science, mathematics and cryptanalysis to solve the mystery of Leonardo da Vinci’s real-life missing painting, The Battle of Anghiari. The challenge includes a lesson plan, worksheets and other resources.

Register your interest here.


FIRST LEGO League (FLL) challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the TRASH TREKSM season, teams will choose and solve a real-world trash problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®. Registration now open.


Enterprise Troopers is a national competition for primary schools aimed at nurturing entrepreneurship in young people. To register your interest please email us at or call 0844 736 6150.


The Primary, Secondary and Advanced Leaders Award for STEM is a Primary Engineerprogramme open to students from 5 to 19 years old. It is a fantastic way to increase their awareness of the breadth of opportunities open to them within STEM subjects. We help students to develop vital literacy and communication skills, and give them the chance to speak directly to professionals from different fields in STEM.

Register today! For more information, please contact


The Nuffield Foundation offers up to 1,000 funded places a year, so that year 12 students across the UK can get an insight into the world of scientific research and development, including areas of technology, engineering and maths.


Do you teach in a secondary school in the UK or the Middle East? Then enter our exciting competition and you could win a trip to London or Dubai for you and your students. The Big Science Challenge was created by the British Council and Rolls-Royce. Find out more about the competition and get further guidance and support go to


This is a good website with activities and competitions.

  • Suitable for children under 13.
  • Join the nature detectives CLUB – only £18 for a whole year of adventures
  • 350+ activities – get weekly wildlife challenges, a giant wall chart and stickers, plus activity packs in the post – perfect for inquisitive young explorers.



Royal College of Science Union (RCSU) Science Challenge

The RCSU Science Challenge is an annual science communication competition that asks entrants to demonstrate their skills in scientific debate and reasoning. The competition is open to those in secondary school or equivalent anywhere in the world.

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition seeks to recognise and reward the achievements made by young people across all aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The compeition is open to all UK residents in full-time education or training (year group 7-13 and Scottish/NI equivalent).

The ODYSSEUS II project


The ODYSSEUS II project aims to foster the developments of qualified engineers, scientists and technicians in areas relevant to the priorities of EU space policy. The educational contest (The Youth for Space Challenge) combines scientific learning with hands-on experience. Organized in multiple rounds, the contest targets students throughout Europe.

CREST Awards

CREST Awards are open to to those aged 11 to 19, giving entrants an opportunity to take ownership of their projects and explore real-world science, technology, engineering and math challenges.

UK Space Design Competition


The UK Space Design Competition is a science and engineering challenge that aims to replicate real work in the industry. Teams are provided with a list of requirements for a hypotheical space settlement, around which they must create a detailed design. The UKSDC is open to secondary and sixth form students (years 10 – 13) in the UK), and entry to the competition is via video and regional events. Winning teams from the entry points take part in a residential competition weekend hosted by Imperial College London. From there, they may go on to the international final at a NASA space center. A series of micro-competitions replicate experience for students in years 7 to 9.

Imperial College London Faculty of Natural Sciences Schools Science Competition

The Schools Science Competition is run by the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College and is open to teams of students from secondary schools in the Greater London area.

Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad is broken into different levels based on age. For the the K -6 level, Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) programs are offered: these can come in the form of competitive tournaments, science fun days or a Science Olympiad Fun Night. For grades 6 – 12, the Science Olympiad requires preparation and coaching; the culmination of the nearly 300 regional and state tournaments is the Science Olympiad National Tournament, held at a different university each year.

Every year, more than 9 million students in grades K–12 enter a science competition. Of those, only several thousand students in grades 9–12 participate in the topmost levels of competition. These prestigious competitions include:

Check out the websites for videos and much more information. Each of these competitions is distinctly different, but they all have extremely high standards for success, generally far beyond what is expected at other levels of competition. So, if you are in middle school or junior high school, we hope you aspire to participate in these fairs, but don’t worry about your current project meeting the same standards. Virtually all of the participants in the top competitions “worked their way up” from much simpler projects when they were younger!

Other opportunities:

DANA Foundation Neuroscience Project contest:






Opportunities for Students/Classes


1) National Youth Science Camp – application: information: This is a fabulous 4 week long, residential, all-expenses paid, summer science bonanza for graduating seniors. Those involved speak very highly of it, especially getting to know interesting people from around the country. Wisconsin can send two delegates. Applications are due by Feb 17, 2016.

2) Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge – Students in grades 5-8 are asked to propose a new invention or solution to an everyday problem, and explain their solution in a one-to-two minute video. Parents/guardians must register their child. The grand prize winner receives $25,000, though there will other finalists, and a winner from each state will receive a $250 technology package.

3) Free field trip transportation to Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC), Monona, WI – During the month of January, you and your students can get free transportation to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. For a list of programs, visit their website:, click on Programs, then click on School Programs.

4) Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision – Student teams envision a technology 20 years from now. Categories are K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The extensive project write-up and presentation, which could certainly be linked to your science standards, is due Feb 1st .

5) EngineerGirl Essay Contest – In this contest open to boys and girls, students write about a new technology and how it can improve safety, health, well-being, and/or sustainability. Due Feb 1, 2016. Grade banded 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

6) MIT Research Science Institute for Juniors – During the summer after their junior year, students can participate in this prestigious summer STEM institute from June 26 to Aug 6 at MIT. The only cost is travel to get there and back. Very high academic qualifications are required.


Medical/Healthcare Opportunities:


Camp Cardiac is a one week (8/1 – 8/5) medical career/studies program for students 15 and older, located at the NYU/Langone Medical center in Manhattan. The cost is $800 (scholarships available, & must be applied for by April 4). Camp Neuro is a similar one week program focusing on neuroscience. The cost is $800, with scholarships available. The application deadline for both programs is April 25. – learn more at these links:


The Perry Initiative offers one-day programs for girls (currently in 10th grade or higher) interested in medicine, science, or engineering, with a focus on the latest technologies in the field of orthopedic medicine. The application deadline for the next program, which takes place on May 14 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, is April 14; learn more and apply at this link:


Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan is offering free biology-related summer courses to 9th, 10th, and 11th-graders, and also structured summer hospital internships to current high school juniors who are economically disadvantaged (free/reduced lunch) or from under-represented demographic groups (AfricanAmerican, Latino, Native American). The application deadline for all their programs is April 8. Learn more about these two programs and apply via these links: ntapplication.pdf


Bronx residents: 10th and 11th-grade students who live in the Bronx are eligible for summer medical internships in that borough. The initial application deadline is April 1. Learn more and apply at these links:


New: Sigma Camp is a one-week math/science camp in Connecticut scheduled for 8/14-8/21. Students up to 16 years old may apply, and the cost is $1,150, with some limited financial aid available – the application deadline is April 18. Learn more at:


The Google Science Fair welcomes entries from high school students. The application deadline is May 18 – learn more at:


The Manhattan College (in Riverdale) Summer Institute in Engineering takes place from 7/18-7/21 and is open to all students. The cost is $100, and the deadline to apply is April 15 – learn more and apply at:


Oceanography: The SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx offers a ten-day program of classes and lab/fieldwork studying oceanography. All current 9th-11th graders are eligible, and the cost is $400 for the 6/27 – 7/8 sessions. Learn more at:


Google Science Fair

The Google Science Fair is one of the best-known international student science competitions. It is open to students aged 13 to 18.


eCYBERMISSION is a web-based competition open to students from grades 6 to 9. Teams must use scientific, mathematical and engineering principles in order to solve a problem stemming from one of the following mission challenge categories: alternative sources of energy, food, health and fitness, forces and motion, robotics, technology, national security and safety and the environment.

Junior Solar Sprint

The Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a free educational program for students in the 5th through 8th grades. Entrants are required to conceptualise, construct and then race their own solar-powered cars. The aim is to use science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills to create the fastest, best-crafted solar vehicle possible.

Young Mind Awards

The Young Mind Awards is a global compeition that focuses on promiting design engineering and research at the middle, high school and undergraduate levels. The competition spans five categeories: wireless, medical, research and development, electromechanical/mechanical and electronic.

Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS)

Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) is a one-day annual competition open to middle and high school students. During the competition, students apply their mathematical and scientific knowledge in order to help solve real-world engineering challenges.

MIT THINK Competition

The THINK Scholars Program is an educational outreach initiative that aims to promote the spheres of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by funding and supporting projects developed by students at the high school level. The program is run by undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is sponsored by technology companies and educational organizations.

Desitnation Imagination


Destination Imagination is a worldwide competition open those kindergarten through university level. Students form teams of up to 7 members, select their preferred challenge and work together to develop a innovative and creative solution.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. It draws on students who have participated in regional sciencie fairs within the Intel ISEF-affiliated network and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their independent research. Substantial prizes and scholarships are awarded.
Zero Robotics

Zero Robotics is a programming competition in which the robots in question are SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) inside the International Space Station. The competition has two divisions: the first is the the High School Tournament, focused on students in grades 9-12; the second is the 5-week Middle School Summer Program, which takes place at various locations across the United States.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl®

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is an academic competition designed to examine middle and high school students’ knowledge across a variety of science and mathematics areas. Teams compete against one another in a rapid question-and-answer format, and are tested on a range of subject areas including chemistry, biology, Earth science, phsyics, mathematics, energy and more.

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™ are made up of high school students, mentors and teachers who are awarded funds needed to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. A new program, JV InvenTeams (for 9th – 10th grade students) is designed to help develop young people’s skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through invention-based design activities.

The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

The Siemens Competition aims to promote excellence in mathematics, science and technology. High school students may submit either individual or team research projects to regional and national levels of the competition. College scholarships are awarded to winners.

Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program

JSHS is open to students from grades 9 -12 interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Entrants submit their original (field-based, experimental, observational or applied) research project before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.


ExploraVision is a science competition in which teachers sponsor and lead students in groups of 2-4 as they simulate real research and development. The aim of the competition is to envision what a current technology might look like in 20 years’ time. The competition is open to K – 12 students enrolled in public, private or home schools in the United States and Canada and is open to all interest, skill and ability levels.

Neuroscience Research Prize

This award was established to encourage US students in grades 9 – 12 to explore the brain and nervous system through laboratory research.

FIRST Programs

The mission of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to engage young people ahed K – 12 in programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills. Programs on offer include The FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competiton, among others.

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is open to students in grades 5 – 8 and asks entrants to come up with innovative solutions to solve everyday engineering and science issues.

BioGENEius Challenges

The BioGENEius Challenges provide high school students with a chance to compete and be recognized for excellent research in the sphere of biotechnology. The three challenges in which students can compete are the Global Healthcare Challenge (relating to medical biotechnology), the Global Sustainability Challenge (agricultural biotechnology) and the Global Environment Challenge (industrial/environmental biotechnology).


Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase competition in innovation and entrepreneurship. The competition seeks interesting and viable solutions across four areas, namely: cyber technology and security, energy and environment, health and nurtition and aerospace and aviation.

Future Engineers

Future Engineers is an educational and design platform that hosts and develops challenges for young innovators and engineers.