Contests and Experiences - Parents

Ranger Rick’s Photo Contest for Kids

Ranger Rick’s Photo Contest for Kids

Enter your best nature shots online with a parent. Ages 5-13. Easy online entry each month.

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NASA’s Current K-8 Student and Family Opportunities

NASA’s Current K-8 Student and Family Opportunities

Take a look at this list to find our more about NASA webcasts, events, games, contests and more!

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Future City Competition

Future City Competition

6th-8th grade students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SIM City™ 4 Deluxe software to write and build solutions to an engineering problem with recycled materials. Winners win a trip to space camp and up to $7,500. Finalists receive an all expense paid trip to the location of the finals. Programs can also be done within the classroom as a project without competing. Only $25 per team to register, receive the software, handbook, and a STEM mentor.

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National STEM Video Game Challenge

National STEM Video Game Challenge

Students in grades 5-12 challenge students to motivate interest in STEM by playing and making video games. No programming experience required. Prizes available for educators and students including laptop computers and $2,000. Site includes resources, mentor information, a resource kit, & game design workshop ideas.

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Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest

Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest

Visit the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest for a self guided driving tour provided by the VA Department of Forestry.  Or learn more about Virginia Forests through these activities and materials for Kids and Families.

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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Set up a backyard conservation area with help from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  From creating a backyard pond, planting trees, and creating a wildlife habitat, these activity sheets get you involved in nature. Conservation guide pages 1-14;  pages 15-28.

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Virginia State Parks Programs

Virginia State Parks Programs

Explore what is happening at your favorite Virginia State Park from photography and papermaking to building a bird or bat house. Check out what is happening near you.

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i-am-the-one.com

i-am-the-one.com

Check out this Virginia effort to increase student readiness for higher education. Information for parents, students, and counselors on college preparation.

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Parents help students learn responsibility this year with my job chart.com

Parents help students learn responsibility this year with my job chart.com

Teach kids responsibility and essential skills with this free online chore chart system!

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UVA Observatory Public Night Program

UVA Observatory Public Night Program

The McCormick Observatory offers the public every first and third Friday night of each month with an opportunity to observe with a with all of the audio-visual presentations, and tours of the Observatory. McCormick Observatory is located on the western edge of the UVA grounds.

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The Kids Science Challenges

The Kids Science Challenges

A project made possible by the National Science Foundation, this site has over 50 science challenges for students to do at home or at school! Includes videos and printables with instructions and directions.  Bring science into any home with these great challenges! Teacher and Parent page here!

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Kids Science Videos

Kids Science Videos

Sponsored by the Kids Science Challenge, these videos show real life scientists at work!

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S’Cool: Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line

S’Cool: Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line

NASA’s S’cool project involves students ages (5-20+) in real science making and reporting observations of clouds to assist in NASAs’ CERES satellite instruments.

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Botball Educational Robotics Program

Botball Educational Robotics Program

Botball Educational Robotics Program: engages middle and high school aged students in a team-oriented robotics competition based on national science education standards. By designing, building, programming, and documenting robots, students use science, engineering, technology, math, and writing skills in a hands-on project that reinforces their learning.

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DAR: Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contests & Scholarships

DAR: Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contests & Scholarships

Chapter, State, and National Winners receive certificates, medals, and even a monetary reward.

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