Welcome to Dr. C’s Science Classes 2020-21! 
** This site contains all the information you will need this year!

Science Contests and Competitions are divided into 3 basic categories:

  • 6th Grade Science Talent
  • 8th Grade Science Talent
  • 6th Grade Core 
6th Grade Science Talent Program and Requirements – The year just started and I am lost… What do I do in Science Talent?!

Over the past six years,  the 6th/8th Grade Science Talent program has offered our Bay Academy students the opportunity to compete in science and science-related academic contests and competitions to better prepare them for the rigors of high school as well as real-life challenges and problem-solving scenarios. It is a class unlike any science program in the NY City School system. Participation in these contests and competitions has placed The Bay Academy at the top both nationally and internationally and brought our students thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, new team laptops, a personal 3-D printer for one lucky student, and much more. In other words, give it your all this year and you could be a big winner, too!

What to do: Science Talent students are required to participate in a number of competitions during the year that continue anywhere from one month to many months. I have tried to simplify the program so let’s start out with:

6th Grade Science Talent will be doing one of the 3 following contests:
  1.  Science Olympiad – First take the Science Olympiad Tryout tests. We will be taking about fifteen 6th graders onto the team. If you make it, that is all you will be doing for the rest of the year – just Science Olympiad. If you make the Science Olympiad Team in 6th grade, great, but if you don’t you will be competing in either Future City or Exploravision
  2.  Future City – If you make the Science Olympiad Team – Great! – but if you don’t you will be competing in Future City (A GREAT COMPETITION!) To register, meet people in your class and form a team. Give me the name of your team and the team members. I register you online, give your team a Rules Manual and you are a go!
  3. Exploravision – This can be done in place of Future City. 
Students are responsible for doing all research including:
  • registration deadlines
  • contest rules
  • submission deadlines as well as when prizes will be awarded
  • So start now and choose events you think you will do best in.
 In addition, both 6th and 8th Grade Science Talent students will be given the opportunity to enter two other competitions
  • Engineer Girls
  • Scranton Earth Day Essay Contest
Here is a list of other available science competitions. If any Science Talent (or non-Science Talent) team/student is interested in any of the following, please speak with me about them.
Future Engineers (A student favorite!)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) & Construction
  • Future Engineers is an education platform that hosts and develops design challenges for young innovators. Their site also offers you the opportunity to review lots of interesting resources from past competitions including a series of 3D Space Challenges developed in conjunction with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation and NASA.
  • The 2018 challenge was to create a digital 3-D model of an object that serves TWO functions on the International Space Station. Your design must be intended to be 3-D printed and used in two different ways.
  • Do you want to see who won themselves a brand new 3-D printer? Go to the website and check out Benjamin Nirenstein’s device! Yes, he was a BIG winner (and you can be, too!) I believe Ben is going for the win again this year, so give him a little competition 😉 
Engineer Girl (but not just for girls!)
  • Writing, Academics (all areas of science), Design, Inventing
  • A contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world.  Participants will create and submit an original essay that responds to a prompt on any number of topics: Safety, Health, Well-being, Environmental Sustainability, etc… of 600-1100 words.
  • Registration starts in the fall of each school year and submission of the essay is due on or about February 1st.
  • First-place winners will be awarded $500; Second-place entries will be awarded $250; Third-place entries will be awarded $100.
  • Click on his name here and scroll down to Middle School 6-8 and see our big winner, Nicholas Venezia
    University of Scranton Earth Day Essay
Newly Added Challenges:
The Paradigm Challenge
  • The Paradigm Challenge is an ongoing competition that invites students aged 4 to 18 around the world to use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve real-life problems and make a difference.
Lexus Eco Challenge
  • Featuring three separate challenges, the Lexus Eco Challenge gets students involved in project-based learning, teamwork, and skill-building as they work to develop a solution to an environmental issue that affects their community.
  • Calendar of Deadlines – But you must read the website… LOTS of information!
  • Let me know if you are interested… soon!!
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow
  • This nationwide contest is designed to boost interest and proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and challenges public school teachers and students in grades 6-12 to show how STEM can be applied to help improve their local community. National winners receive $100,000 in Samsung technology and classroom resources
Career Safe Video Contest
  • The contest challenges students from across the country to create a short video demonstrating safety in the workplace. 


New York Science Olympiad 
  • History – The Bay Academy is currently placed #1 in NYC and #3 in NY State.
  • Teams are tested in June of the current school year for the following year. Incoming 6th grade will be offered qualifying tests in September to be accepted on the team.
  • Building, Academics (all areas of science), Design, Inventing, etc…
  • Here is a parent-produced video of the 2019-20 season to give you an idea of what we do and the fun we have!
  • Prizes – Teams excelling at the invitational and regional competitions advance to the state, and then (our ultimate goal) to the National level. Winners later receive several levels of awards from medals to trophies and plaques.
Future City
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) & audiovisual
  • Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. The 2019-2020 theme is Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow. Teams will choose a threat to their city’s water supply and design a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean drinking water. In January, students will present their cities before a panel of judges at Regional Competitions throughout the United States, Canada, China, and Egypt. Registration is open now!
  • ** We are only permitted 10 teams, and we may already have those, so understand… you CANNOT register on your own (so don’t try)! If you are interested, you must e-mail me ( ASAP with a list of the 3-4 students in your group (maximum 4 and please give correct spelling – I can’t change it once I submit the name).
Exploravision (One of my very favorite contests!)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
  • Students, working in groups of 2 – 4, pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement in real-time.
  • Savings Bonds #10,000 to $5,000; An expense-paid trip to Washington, DC in June for ExploraVision Awards Weekend for each national winning student and his/her parent/guardian
Carton2Garden (come on, let’s win this one!!)
  • Uses students’ creativity by re-purposing milk and juice cartons from your school cafeteria to either build or enhance your school garden.
  • Sign up for updates using online newsletter registration
  • Fifteen (15) schools with the most unique carton creations will be selected on Monday, April 22, 2019 to win award packages. One school will win the grand prize, valued at $5,000. Four (4) schools will win Specialty prizes (Carton Art in the Garden, Environmental Stewardship, Health & Nutrition, and STEM), valued at $2,000. Ten (10) schools – five (5) elementary and five (5) middle/high – will win prizes valued at $1,000.
  • *** A new Carton to Garden contest has been added this year! Click HERE to find out all about it!
e-Cybermission (very popular with students!)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) & audiovisual
  • A web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. Your team will propose a solution to a real problem in your community and compete for State, Regional and National Awards.
  • Cash prizes from $500 to $5,000
  • Registration for this competition is a little different. You MUST sign up online from the website. Then you e-mail me ( the list of 4 students who will be on your team – along with your team name – and I will then assign them to your team. But each student MUST register on the site on their own first.
Games for Change Student Challenge (Not for 2021-22)
  • To be considered for the competition, games must be about one of the four (2020) Challenge themes: (1) A Clean & Happy Earth, (2) Inclusive Play: Designing Games for All, (3) Get the Party Started, and (4) The Human-Animal Bond.  
Fluor Challenge (starts late!)
  • The Fluor Challenge is open to students in grades K-12.  All scores are validated by Science Buddies staff based on submission photos, the Challenge rules, and follow-up with teams, as necessary. This was a great competition for Bay Academy last year. Look at the graph to see how we placed GLOBALLY (yes, that means around the world)!! Bay Academy took 1st, 2nd & 8th Place for our age group worldwide!! Pretty impressive!
  • 2020 Update (I just received this message from them!) Hi Dr. Cubbin – It is great to hear that your students are excited about the Fluor Challenge! I think I may have received email from one of your students as well. We will be announcing the 2020 challenge theme and rules in December of 2019.  As a teacher, if you are signed up at Science Buddies and receive our weekly newsletter, that is the best way to be notified when the Challenge launches. (If you need to sign up, visit and create a free account using the “Join for Free” option in the top right corner of the website. When asked, makes sure to reply “yes” to receiving the Science Buddies newsletter. If you already have an account, simply log in and verify in your account settings that you are signed up for the newsletter and check to make sure that it is not getting stuck in your spam folder.) Now you can fill out the Fluor Challenge contest sign-up date as 12/19. So you see, hitting the contact button and asking questions, can certainly get you a response!
My Mini Factory Design Challenges! (If you are a 3-D builder for Science Olympiad, you should try some of these!))
  • Dozens of 3-D challenges that will keep you busy throughout the year! Mr. Lilly, my grandson and our resident 3-D printing expert, will also help to make any design you create a reality. If you are reading this over the summer, there are even contests going on right now!
  • Don’t miss out on this one – and remember, much of what is new in Science Olympiad has to do with 3-D printing components for our building events!
3M Young Scientists Challenge (A GREAT contest!!)
  • Academics (all areas of science); This is an individual-only competition – no pairs or groups.
  • Students, grades 5-8, are invited to create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovative solution that could solve an everyday problem. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills. Thousands of students nationwide have participated in the competition and winners have gone on to do some amazing things; including speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation’s top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.
  • Registration – ASAP – Students should submit a video as a YouTube link by April 20 (last year)
  • Winners have gone on to do some amazing things; including speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation’s top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.


Minor Competitions:

To be considered only after the selection of a major competition.
Poetic Power
  • Certainly not a “major” competition, but it allows our students to write on a variety of science and environmentally-themed subjects when they have a little downtime from their other contests! And we have lots of winners as well 🙂
  • There are three cycles to submit: spring, summer & fall!
Writers of the Future! (yes, another favorite!!!)
  • An opportunity for new writers of science fiction and fantasy to have their work judged by some of the masters in the field and discovered by a wide audience.
  • Prizes of $1000, $750 and $500 are awarded every three months. From the four quarterly 1st Place winners each year, a panel of judges select one story as the grand prize winner. The writer of the grand-prize-winning story receives the L. Ron Hubbard Golden Pen Award and an additional $5000 cash prize.
  • Use this site to help you improve your writing!
Write the World
  • LOTS of upcoming writing competitions – log onto the site and see!!
…click here for more Science Contests & Competitions!
So whether you are Science Talent or not, we are looking for bright young minds who love science and like a good challenge (and want to create a portfolio that any high school would gladly want to see come across their desks)!
Stop by and speak with Dr. Cubbin Room 232, or any of our science teachers on the 2nd floor to see where your talents might be  best developed!
Bay Academy Science Talent where ”Failure is not an Option.”
Also, if you happen to stumble on a contest or competition you think would fit into our program, please let me know and I will add it to our website and our brochure!!