Google Code-in is a contest to introduce pre-university students (aged 13–17) to opensource software development. In the fall, Google chooses more than a dozen open source organizations to participate. The organizations create an extensive list of three- to five-hour tasks for students to work on. The tasks are categorized as Code, Documentation/Training, Outreach/Research, Quality Assurance, and Design.
The Knowledge@WhartonHigh School (KWHS) Comment and Win contest is an opportunity for students in grades 9–12 to dig into the hundreds of online KWHS articles, videos, and podcasts about business, finance, entrepreneurship, leadership, economics, and career and college preparation, and to leave compelling comments about the topics that interest them most. It’s a way for students to read, reflect on, and deepen the conversation around these topics—and get recognition for their ideas.
The Lead2Feed Challenge, a component of the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program, encourages teams of middle school and high school students to hone their leadership skills by completing a service-learning project. Working with a nonprofit organization, each team must set a goal to solve a local, state, or national social or cultural problem.
The Advantage Testing Foundation (ATF)Math Prize for Girls is the largest math prize for young women in the world. Each fall, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, nearly 300 young female mathematicians compete in a challenging test of mathematical creativity and insight.
The American Physical Society’s Excellence in Physics Education Award recognizes an individual or team that has exhibited sustained commitment to outstanding physics education. Award recipients will receive $5,000, a certificate citing the achievements of the group or individual, and an allowance for travel expenses to the American Physical Society’s meeting where the award will be presented.