Contests, competitions, and other events for gifted students
February 2, 2015
By Sara Dean
Middle School Scholarship Challenge
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and edX have announced a scholarship challenge for advanced middle school students. Every eligible seventh grade student who successfully completes one of the five selected edX courses will secure a semi-finalist position in the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program.
The Young Scholars Program, a selective pre-college scholarship for high-performing middle school students with financial need, includes individualized academic advising, financial support, and a pathway to the foundation’s $40,000 per year College Scholarship.
Registration for the edX courses is open and selected courses begin as soon as January 20, 2015. Applications to the Young Scholars Program must be submitted by April 14, 2015. Details about the partnership and scholarship challenge can be found at www.jkcf.org/edx.
Memory Challenge is a new competition series that will test the mental agility of the nation’s smartest children, aged 7 -12. Applicants will need to be highly gifted academically, with significant IQ scores and abilities well above their grade level. The competition will be celebratory and supportive, showcasing great young minds and their exceptional abilities.
Regional qualifiers will be held across the country this summer, with successful contestants progressing to a prestigious grand finale in the nation’s capital. The winner of the competition will be named “US Junior Memory Champion 2015” and be awarded a significant prize to assist in future academic endeavors.
Math whizzes, junior chess champions, advanced coders or cryptologists; budding scientists and ace spelling Bee champs are invited to join this academic adventure.
For further information about Memory Challenge, please contact: Michael Yates at 323-904-4680 (ext. 1207) or Myates@shedmedia.com. Parents who are interested in applying can download the application at http://www.shedmedia.com/casting/920/Americas-Junior-Mind-Challenge.aspx.
The mission of Destination Imagination is "to develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity.” The program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament. Contact Affiliate Director Katy Hammel at Katy@dinm.org or visit
National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than half a million students nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park. Contact Trevor Carter at the New Mexico Humanities Council at (505) 633-7372 or email@example.com, or visit the New Mexico National History Day website at http://nmhum.org/historyday.
Challenge Math Online
Challenge Math Online is an online practice program that helps young students develop problem solving and logical reasoning skills. It instills in students a deeper level of mathematical understanding while solving interesting and thought-provoking questions. The program is designed for students who have already mastered basic math skills and concepts offered in the classroom and are looking for a greater challenge beyond the regular curriculum. It is also for students who have a desire to participate and excel in math contests. Inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, and registration details can be found at http://www.noetic-learning.com/gifted/signup.jsp for individuals and http://www.noetic-learning.com/gifted/grouporder.jsp for groups.
San Juan County Chapter of NMAG
4th Annual Conference:
"Giftedness and the Real World"
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sycamore Park Community Center
1051 Sycamore Street, Farmington, NM
Key Note Speaker:
Amy McConnell Franklin, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Ed.
Educational Trainer and Consultant in Emotional Intelligence
“Pedagogical practices to develop emotion-related skills in gifted students”
There will be a variety of sessions geared for teachers, administrators, and parents. Lunch included. Check in & registration 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Early Registration by March 31st is $45 for educators, $30 for parents. SJC-NMAG members receive $5 discount. Late registration charge of $10.
To register, please send name and contact information with check or PO payable to SJC-NMAG to email@example.com or mail to: Kathy Price, #41 Rd 5290, Farmington, NM 87401
For more information please contact Sara Dean at 505-325-6142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vendors Welcome, No Charge - but space is limited so sign up early!