The Wilcox Science Squad competes in science-oriented competitions throughout the year, astounding all challengers with our incredible knowledge of astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology and physics. We promote interest in science and engineering, including independent science research. And, of course, we plot to take over the world! (Bwaaahaaaahaaaa)
Science Content Competitions
These competitions test an individual's or team's knowledge of science content in various disciplines:
National Physics Olympiad ("F=ma") - individuals competing to join national physics team, first round is an on-line multiple-choice test, organized by AP physics teacher
Physics Bowl - individual, first round is a multiple-choice test, organized by AP Physics teacher
WonderCup Challenge - teams of 4 (2 women, 2 men; at least one sophomore and one junior), first round is an online multiple-choice test, teams registered through Science Squad
Science Research & Engineering Fairs
These competitions focus on science or engineering projects conducted by individuals or small teams. Each project must be designed and conducted by the students.
Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship - this fair is open to middle-school and high-school students in Santa Clara county, top winners at this fair continue on to the California State Science Fair and/or the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Intel Science Talent Search - national competition for high school seniors completing original science research
Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology - national competition for high school seniors completing original projects in science, math or engineering
BioGENEius Challenge - regional/national competition for high school students doing research projects in life sciences and biotechnology
These competitions focus on finding creative solutions to specified problems.
The Tech Challenge - run by The Tech museum in San Jose, for teams of high school students, each year a problem is described with a specified set of constraints
Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Awards - open to student engineering projects in three categories: clean energy, aerospace exploration, and health & nutrition, focus on entrepreneurial possibilities for commercializing student innovations
Clean Tech Competition - students develop innovative solutions to humanitarian needs (for example, clean water, reliable power or safe shelter after a natural disaster)
Technology Student Association Competitions - a collection of over 30 different engineering-related competitions, including architecture, video game design, technology problem solving, structural engineering, open source software development, digital video production, dragster design, extemporaneous speaking, original essays, and many more
Other Science-Related Competitions
Recycle-Bowl - A K-12 nationwide recycling competition designed to engage students in a fun, interactive way to learn about waste reduction and environmental responsibility. For a chance to win prizes, participating schools must track and report how much recyclable material they collect. At the close of the competition, the school in each state that collects the most recyclable material per capita will win $1,000. A national champion will then be selected from the statewide winners to receive an additional $2,500. Recycled goods must be collected by Saturday, November 12, 2011.
Physics Photo Contest - Provides students an opportunity to learn about the physics behind natural and contrived situations by creating visual and written illustrations of various physical concepts. Students compete in an international arena with more than 1,000 of their peers for recognition and prizes.
Green Cup Challenge - The Green Cup Energy Challenge was uniquely created by schools for schools! Grow awareness and community in your school, while conserving energy and decreasing your carbon footprint.
National High School Journal of Science - Provides students an opportunity to have their research published in a peer-reviewed journal. Students may submit articles for publication or volunteer to act as a peer reviewer.
Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge - A national environmental sustainability competition for grades K–12 is now accepting applications for the 2012–2013 program. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while gaining 21st-century skills. Educators can access a wealth of free digital tools to help integrate the Challenge into their curriculum. At stake is more than $300,000 in prizes, including scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, adventure trips, school assemblies, and more. The deadline for all entries is March 5, 2013. Finalists and winners will then be announced in April 2013. For more information on the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, visit www.wecanchange.com or www.facebook.com/wecanchange.
Optical Society of America Photo Contest - A photography competition for students aged 12-18 years. Each year, there is a different theme for the competition. Entries are judged on artistic merit and use of optics. (It is the Optical Society, after all.) Over $1000 prize available, including high-end cameras and photography equipment. Entries are accepted in November at their website.