Academic Competitions - Grades K-12
Links to numerous competitions courtesy of the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University.
Academic Games Leagues of America - Grades 4-12
Tournaments in which students participate in mathematics, language arts, and/or social studies games.
American Computer Science League - Grades 7-9
Students individually take a test and submit a solution to a programming problem.
American Mathematics Competitions – Grades 6-12
Math tests. Click on the Competitions tab.
Americanism Essay Contest - Grades 7-12
Students write an essay on a patriotic topic.
Botball Robotics Competition – Grades 6-12
Design, build and program a robot.
Christopher Columbus Awards – Middle School
Working as a team, identify an issue and use science and technology to develop a solution.
Contests and Awards – Grades K-12
A list of several additional contests and awards available for gifted students.
Destination Imagination – Grades K-12
Teams of up to seven students work on one challenge and spend several months perfecting their solution while also working on their on-the-spot problem solving skills in anticipation of the Instant Challenges on tournament day.
ExploraVision Awards – Grades K-12
Research a technology’s history and predict how it may change the future.
FIRST Robotics Competition – Grades 9-12
Design and program a robot.
Future City - Grades 7-8
Students work as a team to present their view of a city of the future.
Future Problem Solving Program – Grades K-12
Creative problem solving activities, both competitive and noncompetitive.
Kids Are Authors – Grades K-8
Write and illustrate a story in a group of at least three children.
Knowledge Master Open – Grades 5-12
Questions in a variety of subject areas.
Letters about Literature – Grades 4-12
Write a letter to any author, living or dead, about how his or her work has made a difference in your life.
Math Counts – Grades 6-8
Three-hour math competitions.
Math League – Grades 4-8
Math tests – multiple choice for grades 4-8; free response for 9-12.
Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS) – Grades 4-8
Mathematical problem solving.
National Chess Championship - grades K-12
Students play chess form both team and individual scores. Scholarships are among the prizes available.
National Spelling Bee - Grades K-8
Qualify for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Odyssey of the Mind – Grades K-12
Creative problem solving.
Promising Young Writers Award – Grade 8
Writers nominated for award by a teacher.
Science Olympiad – Grades K-12
Individual and team events with science questions in the form of popular TV shows, board games and sports.
The Stock Market Game - Grades 4-12
Using $100,000 in virtual cash, teams of students strive to create the best-performing portfolio using a live trading simulation.
Team America Rocketry Challenge – Grades 7-12
Students work in teams to create the best rocket.
Think Quest – ages 9-19
Students work in teams of 3-6 to create a website on a given topic over a six-month period.
United States Academic Triathlon - Grades 5-8
Teams of students use divergent thinking skills, visual problem solving, logic, speed, and team cooperation to solve a variety of problems.
USA Math Olympiad – Grades 7-12
Six questions requiring essays and/or proofs completed over two days.
USA Mathematical Talent Search
A free mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students.
Word Masters Challenge - Grades 3-12
Students solve analogies based on relationships among words they have learned from a vocabulary list provided two weeks before a meet.