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Science & Engineering Competitions & Challenges

Design a Bookmark or Poster for the Denver Public Library's 2015 Teen Summer of Reading Program! Teens Only! Grades 6-12!  The Guidelines:

  • The theme for 2015 is UNMASK
  • Bookmark artwork needs to measure 3” X 7 ½” / Poster artwork needs to measure 8 ½”x 11”
  • It can be any kind of original, two-dimensional art.  Non-digital, non-computer-generated art (painting, photo or collage, to name a few) should be dropped off at any Denver Public Library location.
  • Digital, computer-generated art should be emailed to The file needs be at least 300 dpi. If you do not get a confirmation email that your digital art was received within a few days, please follow-up. Please email a scanned copy of the entry form with your artwork.

U.S. high school students, put on your thinking caps, pull out your video cameras, and look to the future -- a robot-enabled future! DARPA just launched a new contest asking students to describe their vision of how robots might help shape future society. Five winners (and one chaperone each) will be flown to the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals in Pomona, Calif., to present live!

For more details and full rules, visit:

The National Academy of Engineering’s Engineering 4 U Video Contestexamines 14 game-changing opportunities for improving life in the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. They include making solar energy economical and improving the infrastructure of cities.   Review these challenges, then create a 1- to 2-minute video that shows how achieving one or more of them will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world. Winners can receive up to $25,000 in prizes, with winning submissions featured on the National Academy of Engineering’s website and shown at its annual meeting in October, 2015.  The competition opens January 5, 2015. Click HEREto view the rules. Entry deadline is March 2, 2015.

The IoT World Forum Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge is a global innovation challenge open to young women between the ages of 13-18.  The Challenge: Your goal is to come up with new ideas on how technologies from the Internet of Things can improve education, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, retail, transportation, smart cities or find new solutions that can cut through many industries. Round 1 Submissions due on March 25th.

Create a Video Adaptation of Your Favorite Book and Win an iPod Shuffle!  

  1. Create a two-minute video adaptation of your favorite book. Use your camera, your phone, still images, special effects—whatever you want!
  2. Upload your video to YouTube.
  3. Give us the link to your video by filling out the Create & Connect form (be sure to select "video" under "Type of Work" and give us your email address if you want to be entered into the contest).
  4. Submit your video by March 16 at midnight!

The Young Mind Awards are a global competition showcasing design engineering and research and development excellence. Students design, build, and demonstrate a product in a three-minute video presentation. The product must solve a problem or improve a process in one of five categories:  Wireless; Electronic; Medical; Electromechanical/Mechanical; Research & Development.  Winning students, teams, and their associated teachers and schools can receive up to $1,000 in gift cards.