Since 2015 the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has partnered with the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) on its annual National High School Essay Contest. The contest engages high school students in learning and writing about issues of peace and conflict, and encourages appreciation for diplomacy’s role in building partnerships that can advance peace building and protect national security.
The International Literacy Association’s (ILA) Teacher as Researcher Grant supports teachers who conduct research inquiries in their classrooms and show outstanding leadership in translating theory and current research into practice in developing content-area literacy. Teacher as Researcher studies may be carried out using any research method or approach as long as the focus is on reading and writing, or literacy.
Math Prize for Girls, sponsored by the Advantage Testing Foundation, is the largest mathematics prize for girls in the world. Each fall at MIT, nearly 300 young female mathematicians compete in a challenging test of mathematical creativity and insight.
The Clean Tech Competition is a worldwide research and design challenge for precollege youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Each year the Clean Tech Competition addresses an issue that is grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education have launched the third annual Operation Prevention Video Challenge—a peer-to-peer platform for communicating messages about the dangers of opioid misuse. High school students should grab their camera, recruit their friends, and create a 30- to 60-second original public service announcement aimed to reach other teens about this widespread issue.