What are the leading educational competitions for teenagers
Hello! Thanks for your question about the leading educational competitions for teenagers. The most useful sources I found to answer your question are overall lists of popular student competitions, such as 50 Competitions Every Student Needs To Know About and Overview of Top Science Competitions. Top competition lists were incredibly helpful for narrowing down and identifying particular categories of educational competition. Once identified, it was easy to concentrate and narrow down to individual events. Below you will find a deep dive of my findings on individual educational competitions.
As stated, I began with the larger lists to narrow down specific categories and types of competitions. Once I narrowed down to top categories, which I identified as Science, Mathematics, Fine Arts, English/Writing, and Entrepreneurship, I began to look at individual competitions, focusing on the appropriate age range with an eye towards those competitions that had a global participation. For the purposes of this response, I looked for programs focusing specifically on the 13 to 18 year old age range, or listed as grades 7 through 12 for corresponding grade levels.
TOP COMPETITION CATEGORIES
Science Fairs have long been one of the top categories for educational competitions. Science fairs are popular at all grade and skill levels, but the number of participants and competitions narrows and becomes specialized in the teenage or secondary education category. Specifically focusing on global competitions open to teenagers, the top two would be the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, also called the Intel ISEF, and the Google Science Fair.
The Intel ISEF is an annual multi round global event that sees an average of 7 million participating students at local levels. From state and local levels, a total of 1,700 students are chosen to compete in a week-long international event, held in Los Angeles in 2017. Students compete in several categories of science and technology for multiple awards and grants totaling over 4 million dollars.
The Google Science Fair is an annual collaboration, not just with Google, but also the LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic. While there is no concrete number of participants, as the first rounds of the competition are held in an online forum, it is open to competitors from over 90 countries, and scholarships ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 are awarded in multiple categories and age groups. 16 global finalists are then chosen to travel to Google Headquarters in Mountain View California to present their projects for top prize in each category.
Mathematics is another traditional and popular education completion. Traditionally math competitions are done at all grade levels and are often local or team events. Again focusing on a global competition specific to teenagers the International Mathematical Olympiad Foundation is the top competition for almost 60 years. Student from over 100 countries participate in local qualification competitions and the final 600 compete in a global competition, held in a different country each year, 2017 global finals to take place in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
3) FINE ARTS
Teenage fine arts competitions tend to be focused locally and nationally rather than globally. Among the top fine arts competitions in the US is The National Young Arts Foundation competition. The Young Arts Foundation annual scholarship competition in 10 different art categories, including dance, theater, voice, music, visual and design arts. Participants submit written applications as well as portfolios or audio or visual demonstrations of their work. Each year approximately 170 finalists are chosen to participate in the National Young Arts week in Miami, Florida and compete for final scholarships of up to $10,000 in each discipline as well as for the US Presidential Scholarship in the Arts.
Writing and Essay competitions like Science Fairs are some of the most longstanding and popular educational and scholarship competitions among all age groups. Focusing specifically on the teenage upper middle and high school age groups two competitions stand out the nationally focused National High School Essay Contest and the international Ayn Rand Insitute Contest.
The National High School Essay Contest is an annual essay contest sponsored by the American Foreign Service Association. High School writers grades 9-12 to write essays on international affairs topics in competition for a $2,500 scholarships and a fully funded semester at sea. The competition is open to student from all 50 states, territories and US citizens living abroad.
Ayn Rand Institute Contest is an English language essay contest open to students worldwide. The competition offers several hundred scholarships totaling over $90,000. Students can write essays about a variety of pre-listed topics on one of Ayn Rand novels. Minimum and maximum word count of the essays vary based on the book chosen. Student essays compete at the regional, national and international levels.
Entrepreneurship is becoming an increasingly popular educational competition format, educating young adults and business and innovation skills. Also, in an effort to promote female entrepreneurship some competitions are specifically being geared towards females.
The Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs is a competition sponsored by the University of Delaware. The competition has students grade 9-12 submit new business and social ventures written concept plans and video presentations which are then judged at the University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship program. High school participants in past events have come from over 25 states and 35 countries.
Technovation is a global completion of tech entrepreneurship specifically for girls ages 10 to 18. The competition involves the students developing a business plan and technical/mobile app to address one of a pre-listed social issue based on United Nations development goals. Annually over 15,000 girls in over 100 countries participate in the programs and the top 10 finalists attend the annual Technovation World Pitch conference in San Francisco, California.
Based on research, though not an exhaustive list, I have provided some of the top educational competitions in terms of scope of participation, popularity and prize awards in different categories. It is important to note that while certain competitions such as math and science can easily cross global boundaries there are categories such as Fine Arts that tend to stay within regional and national boundaries. This however will provide any US based student with a good competition and scholarship program list to begin with. Thanks for using Wonder! Please, let us know if we can help with anything else!