Enrichment Programs

STEM

Amazing Girls Science - Amazing Girls Science seeks to ignite girls' interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields of study. Annual Science Conference in March.

American Computer Science League Competition - The American Computer Science League (ACSL). ACSL organizes computer science contests and computer programming contests for junior and senior high school students

Brilliant - Excel in Math and Science

Byrdseed - Dedicated to differentiating instruction for high-level learners.

Connecticut Invention Convention - An educational program designed to develop and enhance critical thinking skills in children in grades K-8 through invention, innovation and entrepreneurship, while encouraging their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Council for Exceptional Children - CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. And, CEC is known as THE source for information, resources and professional development for special educators.

Destination Imagination - The Destination Imagination 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

How Everything Works - The place to find answers to 1595 (and counting) questions about everything imaginable.

Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science - Online puzzles.

Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair - The Intel ISEF is the world's largest international pre-college science competition, annually provides a forum for more than 1,600 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards.

Lego Robotics League - FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills.

Math Circle - The Math Circle, a program of courses  founded in 1994, is designed for students who enjoy math and want the added challenge of exciting topics that are normally outside the school curriculum.

National Engineering Design Challenge - The National Engineering Design Challenge (NEDC), a cooperative program with the National Society of Professional Engineers and the National Talent Network, challenges teams of high school students, often working with an engineering adviser, to design, fabricate, and demonstrate a working model of a new product that produces a solution to a social need.

USA Computing Olympiad - The USACO    supports pre-college computing around the world through computer programming, competitions and training materials.


READING AND WRITING

Young Writers Program - National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November is a fun, innovative creative writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. Novelists begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30.

Junior Great Books - The Great Books Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to advance the critical, reflective thinking and social and civic engagement of readers of all ages.

National Council of Teachers of English Writing Awards - The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

National Peace Essay Contest -   The National Peace Essay Contest is a yearly competition that provides scholarships to high school students. NPEC encourages high school students to explore peacebuilding.

Teen Ink - Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

National Spelling Bee - the nation's largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea.

William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition - Sponsored annually by The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc, a non-profit literary and educational organization. The competition is for previously unpublished work only. Self-published and print-on-demand books are considered published, as are books, stories, essays, and poetry previously published in their entirety on the Internet.

Word Masters Challenge™ - The WordMasters Challenge™ is a vocabulary competition based on completing analogies.

Poetry Slam, Inc. - Poetry Readings.


HISTORY, CURRENT EVENTS, AND GEOGRAPHY

Connecticut History Day - History Day in Connecticut is a program for students in grades 6-12 that encourages them to explore local, state, national, and world history.

National History Day Contest - Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. Students will then be able to present their work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site.

National Geographic Bee - National Geographic Bee uses materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.

Kids Philosophy Slam - To give kids a voice and to inspire kids to think by unlocking their intellectual and creative potential through a unique and powerful philosophical forum.

Newzbrain - NewzBrain Integrates Current Events & 21st Century Technology For Grades 3-12 Lifelong Learning.


CRITICAL THINKING

World Scholar's Cup - To motivate students of all backgrounds to discover new strengths and practice new skills.

Quiz Bowl - A competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for which players attend periodic practices and then represent their school at tournaments.

United States Academic Decathlon® - The United States Academic Decathlon® is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students.

National Parliamentary Debate Association - National Parliamentary Debate Association

Urban Debate League - Debate is an academic sport that builds reading, research, communication and critical thinking skills. Each year high school debaters throughout the country debate a single complex policy question, or resolution, for an entire year.

National Speech & Debate Association - The National Speech & Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States

Academic Games Tournament - Each year since  1966-67, players and coaches from various locations in the nation have congregated to compete against each other.

Connecticut Kids Play Chess - After school chess programs.

National Junior Classical League - Promotes a more thorough knowledge of classical life, history and literature.

Interact Simulations - Interact simulations are written by teachers for teachers, and are easy to use and modify to fit the needs of students and curriculum. Each Interact unit includes a teacher's guide, purpose and overview, daily lesson plans, student materials, time management guidelines, and support materials.

Mindset Works® - Mindset Works® helps human beings realize their full potential. The Company translates lessons from leading universities into programs that schools can use to increase student motivation and learning.

Odyssey of the Mind - The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process.

Future Problem Solving Program - Brings essential problem solving skills to students in 4th to 12th grade.

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