Middle School/Junior High

Fluid Power Challenge

The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge is a competition that challenges eighth grade students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. They work in teams to design and build a fluid power mechanism, and then compete against other teams in a timed competition.
The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge: http://www.nfpafoundation.org/FPChallenge/Index.aspx


Boy Scouts

NASA and Scouting have a long history. More than two-thirds of all current and former astronauts have been involved in Scouting. The leadership, teamwork, life skills and positive role models that are part of Scouting help create motivated, high-achieving adults who may go on to become astronauts, scientists or engineers. NASA supports Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as part of its goal for engaging Americans in NASA missions.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/informal/features/F_NASA_and_Scouting.html


Girl Scouts

FIRST Robotics

FIRST recognizes the importance of developing girls’ courage, confidence and character to make this world a better place through engagement in hands-on engineering and science programs.
http://www.usfirst.org/

Mix It Up!

Whether the activities in this guide are used to supplement troop activities, create a series of events, or provide a focus for a Special Interest group, the goal of Mix it Up! Guiding Middle School Girls to Success is to give girls opportunities not only for real-life applications of financial literacy and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities but also find their voice, challenge themselves, make friends, and have fun.
http://www.gsofct.org/membership/mix-it-up/docs/Home.html

NASA and Girl Scouts

NASA and Scouting have a long history. More than two-thirds of all current and former astronauts have been involved in Scouting. The leadership, teamwork, life skills and positive role models that are part of Scouting help create motivated, high-achieving adults who may go on to become astronauts, scientists or engineers. NASA supports Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts as part of its goal for engaging Americans in NASA missions.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/informal/features/F_NASA_and_Scouting.html


FIRST Lego League

Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.
http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll


MindSET

The Tau Beta Pi National K-12 Mathematics and Science Initiative is known as MindSET. MindSET encourages the use of hands-on delivery strategies in STEM activities. Such strategies have been shown to contribute to improved math and science performance of students, particularly in assisting students to understand the connections between math, career opportunities, and their daily lives.
http://tbpmindset.org/


Masters

For a chance to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students need to first compete in their local or regional SSP-affiliated science fair, and be nominated by the fair for the Broadcom MASTERS. 30 finalists will be announced on August 29 and will win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC in October 2012 to showcase their projects, compete in teams and visit historical sites and organizations that celebrate innovation through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
http://www.societyforscience.org/masters/compete


Project Lead The Way

Step through the door, and you’ll experience an approach to learning that fuels imaginative thinking, creative problem solving and innovative solutions – just the kinds of skills that will help you succeed in your education and beyond.
http://www.pltw.org/


Science Olympiad

For the past 28 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 6,200 teams in 50 states.
http://soinc.org/

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