A WORD ABOUT COMPETITIONS

Competition is an integral part of life. It is one vehicle to teach cooperation. When used in a positive manner competition can push learners to excel, persevere, and exceed self-expectation. Competition can help students to be successful, cooperative, and viable team members. Consider involving your students in these academically based competitions. Good Luck!

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COMPETITION NAME: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY BEE

National Geographic Society

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 4-12 FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: yes

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: School competition determines advancement to national participation; scholarships and prizes available. Questions address all areas of  world geography. CONTACT: Kevin Hale, APS, Hubert Humphrey ES

www.nationalgeographic.com/geographybee

COMPETITION NAME: INVENT AMERICA!

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: K-8 FEE: yes 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: yes

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Student invention contests. 
Lesson plans available for teachers.

CONTACT: Invent America! 1505 Powhatan St., Alexandria, VA 22314

http://www.inventamerica.com
COMPETITION NAME: NATIONAL CURRENT EVENT LEAGUE

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 4-12

FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: yes

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Current event 
team competition; enhances knowledge 
about our world and acts as a 
springboard for discussion.

Sponsored by the Social Studies 
Olympiad.

CONTACT: National Current Events League 
PO Box 2196
St. James, NY 11780-0605 
(519) 584-2016


COMPETITION NAME: NATIONAL HISTORY DAY

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 6-12 FEE: no

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: yes

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Sponsored by the 
History Channel and Newsweek Ed. 
Program; these materials make history
come alive for students. Each year has 
a different theme. Students must present
research and conclusions based on the theme.

CONTACT: http://www.NationalHistoryDay.org

COMPETITION NAME: NEW MEXICO MODEL UNITED
NATIONS

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 9-12 FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: yes; first semester only

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Students assume 
roles of countries represented by UN. 
Competition based on research regarding 
that country’s position regarding student 
chosen topics. Role play of the United Nations
held in Santa Fe each November.

CONTACT: Rolf Locke, Albuquerque Academy

COMPETITION NAME: FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 4-12 FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: yes

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: FPS engages students in creative problem solving of futures studies/societal issues. Founded in 1974 by Dr. Paul E. Torrence. State 
winners advance to international competition held in June.

CONTACT: Monica Coash 294-1511 ext.220 
APS, Sandia High School

http://www.fpsp.org/

COMPETITION NAME: DESTINATION IMAGINATION

(replaces Odessey of the Mind)

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: K-university FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: yes, Jan. for current year

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: International organization 
teaching students to solve complex problems, 
through creativity, teamwork, and tenacity. Problems 
all have specific constraints. Teams are judged on 
presentation and enhancement of their solution.

CONTACT:CPNMI, PO Box 36881, ALB. NM, 87176

http://www.dini.org

COMPETITION NAME: CONTINENTAL MATHEMATICS LEAGUE, INC.

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 2-HS FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: yes, October
 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Designed to enhance 
problem solving capabilities of small teams of 
students; requires above average reading level
and computational skills appropriate to grade 
level. National and regional awards are distributed.

CONTACT: Continental Mathematics League
PO Box 2196, St. James, NY 11780

http://www.continentalmathleague.hostrack.com

COMPETITION NAME: KNOWLEDGE MASTER OPEN

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 4-12 FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: yes

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: School team competes 
via computer for this great international contest. 
Questions cover 12 academic areas; questions 
based on Bloom’s Taxonomy. Encourages 
teamwork and cooperation as well as high-level 
problem solving. Practice disks available.

CONTACT: Academic Hallmarks,
P.O. Box 998, Durango, Co. 81302
(800) 321-9218

http://www.greatauk.com

COMPETITION NAME: MATH LEAGUE PRESS NATIONAL CONTEST

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 4-12 FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: yes

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: School competition for 
problem solving at mathematical grade level. 
Available for computer or written contest books. 
Scored at the school level.

CONTACT: Math League Press, P.O. Box 720,
Tenafly NJ 07670
(201) 568-6328 FAX (201) 816-0125

http://www.mathleague.com/


COMPETITION NAME: NATIONAL SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 2-12 FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: YES

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: School teams compete in April. 
Contest designed and constructed by science teacher
with experience ranging from the elementary school 
through the college level. Certificates and medals for 
all participating schools.

CONTACT: National Olympiads
PO Box 5477
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0121
(516) 264-4792

COMPETITION NAME: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY OLYMPIAD

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 2-12 FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: YES

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: School teams compete 
in April. Contest sponsored by the National 
Association for Geographic Education. Certificates 
and medals for all participating schools.

CONTACT: National Olympiads
PO Box 5477
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0121
(516) 264-4792

COMPETITION NAME: NATIONAL LANGUAGE ARTS
OLYMPIAD

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 2-12 FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: YES

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: School teams compete in April. 
NLAO topics: spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, analogies, and grammar. Certificates and medals for all participating schools.

CONTACT: National Olympiads
PO Box 5477
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0121
(516) 264-4792

COMPETITION NAME: NATIONAL SOCIAL STUDIES
OLYMPIAD

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 2-12 FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: YES

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: School teams compete in April. 
Contest will expand your students’ involvement and 
curiosity in various social studies areas. Certificates 
and medals for all participating schools.

CONTACT: National Olympiads
PO Box 5477
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0121
(516) 264-4792

COMPETITION NAME: NEW MEXICO THINKING CAP QUIZ BOWL

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 5TH and 6th 

FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Yes, early January

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: School teams compete in l
ate January. One computer needed, Mac or IBM. 
Official contest disk contains 100 multiple-choice 
questions. Practice disks available.

CONTACT: Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl
4220 Park Hill Circle
Urbandale, IA 50322
(515) 278-5097

thinkcap5@aol.com or website
http://www.thinkingcapquizbowl.com

COMPETITION NAME: MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIADS

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: elem. & mid. 

FEE: yes

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Yes

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Monthly olympiad contests 
in solving nontraditional math problems. Stresses
the understanding the underlying mathematical 
concepts. Helps develop enthusiasm for problem 
solving and significant mental activities.

CONTACT: Mathematical Olympiads
125 Merle Avenue
Oceanside, NY 11572
(516) 536-7846
FAX (516) 536-3560
http://www.moems.org

COMPETITION NAME: NASA Student Involvement Program

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: K-1, 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12 

FEE: ?

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Yes

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Various activities of these 
contests support national science, math, geography 
standards. Each module contains student learning 
objectives, and outlines the procedures necessary 
for the national competitions. Numerous NASA 
related awards.

CONTACT: NASA Student Involvement Program
NSIP ? T E R C
2067 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
1-800-848-8429
help@nsip.net

COMPETITION NAME: WE THE PEOPLE

GRADE APPROPRIATENESS: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 

FEE: ?

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Yes

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Simulated congressional hearings

CONTACT: Center for Civic Education
5146 Douglas Fir Road
Calabasas, CA 91302-1467
Phone: 1-800-350-4223
http://www.civiced.org/