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The Christopher Columbus Awards

Sponsored by Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation
Web Site:
Contact:The Christopher Columbus Awards
105 Terry Dr. Ste. 120
Newtown, PA 18940

Phone: 800.291.6020 ext. 3154 (Stephanie Hallman)
Description:The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program for middle school students. The program challenges the students to work in teams of three to four, with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem. Entries are evaluated based on creativity, innovation, scientific accuracy, relevance to the community, feasibility, and clarity of communication.

Complete entries consist of five sections (four written and one visual): project overview, research, testing, the solution, and the visual. Coaches have access to the complete entry guidelines for more details about specific rules and format. All entries must be uploaded to the website by the deadline.

Eight finalist teams and their coaches will participate in the National Championship Event and compete for scholarships and the Columbus Foundation Community Grant, plus a $200 development grant to further refine their idea. These teams will also participate in the Christopher Columbus Academy, an interactive behind-the-scenes look at the science and technology at Walt Disney World.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter
Award(s):Two Gold Medal Winning Teams will receive a $2,000 scholarship per team member and a medal for each team member.
Deadline(s):Entries are due February 2, 2015.
Focus:Engineering, STEM, Technology, Technology Ed
Grade Level(s):6-8
Content Area(s): Mathematics, Science
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Innovation, Problem Solving
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