Science Units and Competitions for Gifted Students

There are some great teaching units available for grades K-8 from the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary. For a list of available units and descriptions, click here. The goals of each unit are to allow students to analyze several real-world problems, understand the concept of systems, and design and conduct scientific experiments.

Parents should be encouraged to introduce their children to science through books, museums, nature centers, Internet sites, experiments—anything that exposes them to the subject.

As students enter middle and high school there are opportunities for advanced classes and competitions in science.

Here is a list of competitions. Most are for middle and high school students, but some include competitions or activities for younger students.

This is a multi-tiered competition designed to stimulate and promote achievement in high school chemistry.

This science essay competition is for students in grades 7-12.

ExploraVision is a competition for students of all interest, skill, and ability levels in grades K-12. The purpose of the competition is to encourage students to combine their imaginations with the tools of science to create and explore a vision of a future technology. Prizes include U.S. Savings Bonds.

This is the world's largest pre-college celebration of science. It provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from 65 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for over $4 million annually.

This competition is intended to increase knowledge of the oceans on the part of high school students, their teachers and parents, as well as to raise the visibility and public understanding of the national investment in ocean-related research.

This is an academic competition among teams of high school students who attend science seminars and compete in verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math.

This competition provides middle and high school students an opportunity to compete in teams. This website also has Science Olympiad activity suggestions for elementary school students.

This national model rocket competition for U.S. high school and middle school students has a grand prize pool of over $60,000 in cash and savings bonds that is shared by the winning teams.

The American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Institute of Physics sponsor a competition each year for high school students to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition.

This is a biology competition for high school students.

The YES Competition offers college scholarship awards to high school juniors and seniors who conduct outstanding research projects that apply epidemiological methods of analysis to a health-related issue.

The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.

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