Welcome to Science Talent 2018-19! (Read completely, your grade depends on it!)

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You already know that The Bay Academy Science Talent is the MOST AWESOME TALENT around, but you may not know why. So I will tell you…

Over the past four years, we have taken the Science Talent program and have built it into an advanced Research & Development class that is unlike any science program in the NY City School system. The program offers students (all Bay Academy students, not just Science Talent) 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. 

In addition, the Science Talents have help catapult the Bay Academy SciOly team to #1 in NYC and #5 overall in NY State, and we will be going to Nationals this year (a promise, not a prediction)! In addition, our “alternate” contests and competitions have brought 3 teams to place in the top 10 internationally, 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, we are crushing these competitions on every level! So remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it, so give it your all this year!

With so many contests and competitions, there is plenty of exciting science challenges to keep our Science Talent students busy this year (and for years to come!) These competitions are available for our students and as either school sanctioned events or independent self-paced contests. While all of these competitions are open to all students at The Bay Academy for some there are “qualifying” tests needed to do well in order to participate. If you are Science Talent, you will have the advantage of preparing for these events during the 3-4 times you are scheduled to have Science Talent each week!

This year – for Science Talents –  there will be a required number of competitions that each student must take part in to meet the class requirements. In refining the syllabus, we have come up with two classifications – Major contests (column A) and Minor contests (Column B) as listed in our 6th Grade Science Welcome Brochure – and students will need to choose from each to meet these requirements. Since I cannot possibly list all information for every event here, it is up to each student to do this research on their own time. Go to the websites, find our rules and dates (since your grade will depend on this documentation as well as your progress in each event). There may be time available during class when research may be done as well.

Students are responsible for choosing their competitions and doing the research, and that includes knowing the 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. Again, here is the 6th Grade Science Welcome Brochure which also has both 6th and 8th grade Science Talent info included!

Major Competitions:

New York Science Olympiad

  • History – The Bay Academy is currently placed #1 in NYC and #5 in NY State
  • Teams are chosen at the end of the school year for the following year. Except for 5-7 6th grade students who will be permitted to take a series of qualifying tests in September.
  • Building, Academics (all areas of science), Design, Inventing
  • An American middle school and high school team competition in which students compete in ‘events’ pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Over 7,300 teams from 50 U.S. states compete each year. There are multiple levels of competition; invitational, regional, state, and national.
  • 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. This year’s challenge, The Power of Public Space, asks students to design an innovative citywide system of public spaces. 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).

New York City Science Bowl

  • 2016 2nd Place Winners
  • Academics (all areas of science & math)
  • Prizes – Regional science bowl championship teams receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the national event. High school and middle school teams travel to Washington, D.C. in May for several days of science activities, sightseeing, and competitions. 
  • Science Bowl Rules
  • We are limited to three teams and I was considering not having a 6th grade team (as they usually do not place as high as the other teams), but if you are interested you must e-mail ( ASAP with a list of the 5 students in your group. Please give correct spelling for all names.


  • Uses students’ creativity by re-purposing milk and juice cartons from your school cafeteria to either build or enhance your school garden.
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  • 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!

DXC Technologies (one of the hottest contests last year!)

  • A coding challenge using Scratch –  a fun and free coding platform for beginners.
  • For the 2018 competition, DXC received over 450 projects from 24 countries, with participants ranging from 10 to 14 years of age.  Projects were separated into prize pools where first- and second-place winners were evaluated and selected using the following rules and scoring criteria. (* This information was for 2018).

You be the Chemist Challenge

  • We did not participate in 2018, but would like to see some adventurous budding chemists try out this year (and remember, Dr. Cubbin taught high school chemistry for many years and a few of our Science Olympiad events are chemistry-based!)

Future Engineers (another 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 😉 

Technovation (another “girls only” event!)

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
  • Become a technology entrepreneur and develop a mobile app prototype that solves a real problem in your local community. Teams of up to 5 girls work together to research, design, and build a mobile app prototype, working with a female mentor in technology or engineering. Then they pitch their apps to prospective investors and receive feedback and ideas from technology industry professionals.
  • Go to link and sign up for a registration information newsletter!

Project Mars

  • Doing this competition right is a major undertaking, but well worth the effort!
  • Winning entries will be screened at an Opening Event at NASA visitor centers, NASA museum consortium members, micro cinemas, and other interested venues in Fall 2018. The top film will win $10,000, and the top poster will win $1500. Entries are due August 31, 2018 (this year’s information is not yet out).
  • For full details click here!

My Mini Factory Design Challenges! (yes… ANOTHER GREAT CONTEST!)

  • 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!

Fluor Challenge – 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!


3M Young Scientists Challenge

  • 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.

Broadcom MASTERS

** We need to look into this one at the end of the year after all Exit Projects have been submitted and evaluated.

Engineering for you 3

  • Participants will create and submit a 1- to 2-minute video focused on Mega-Engineering. Mega-engineering projects typically address important needs of large populations and/or societies, require teams working across countries and cultures on a solution, and involve at least three disciplines including engineering.
  • Registration – sometime after September 1st
  • The “Best Video Overall” will be awarded $25,000. There’s a People’s Choice Award of $5,000 and the top videos in each competition category are eligible for a prize of up to $5,000.


  • 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

National STEM Video Game Challenge

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
  • The National STEM Video Game Challenge taps into middle and high school students’ passion for playing video games and motivates them to work as individuals or in teams to design and make original, playable games or written game design documents about any subject.
  • 2016 Registration opens April 4, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm (Teacher Workshop PA – Beginning of April, but registration opens Mid-March) Bay Academy found about this too late last year for our students to participate, but I believe this is going to be a very popular competition this year. Let’s see if it is still open this year!

ProjectCSGirls (Yes, for girls only!)

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
  • Registration: By ~ January 1, 2018
  • A competition designed to challenge girls to actively use computer science and technology to develop a solution to an imminent social problem. To be eligible to participate, you must be a girl attending middle school (6th – 8th grade) in the 2015-2016 school year and must reside in the United States

The TECH Challenge (?)

  • Team Guide
  • We have never done this contest before, so it may be your chance to shine! I do not know much about it, but if you would like to participate, do your research and bring all the information to me so we can discuss it! I am always open to new ideas!!

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.

Lexus Eco Challenge (Just Added)!

  • 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!!

Minor Competitions:

University of Scranton Earth Day Essay

  • This was another very popular contest – we had lots of entries! Even though we are not in the Scranton area, we wrote and asked if we could join and they said, “Great!” We had one big school winner who was even invited to the award ceremony!
  • News Article (They even let our 6th graders compete – click to read about our winner – Lola Pulatova!)

Bridge Designer and Contest

  • 2016 winners  – #72, 79 & 134 out of 6,000 students nationwide
  • Computer (areas of engineering, math and physics)
  • One of the most popular contests being chosen by students. The Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Contest is an Internet-based competition that provides middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering.
  • 2016 Prizes: 1st Place – each member of the team wins $500; Each member of the two finalist teams won a tablet computer donated by Dell.

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

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 down time 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!!