Student Competitions You Didn’t Know Existed

Most PTAs are aware of the annual PTA Reflections program focused on the arts, and chances are you’ve seen the Scripps National Spelling Bee on the news. Those are just two examples of the many competitions that are available to students each year. Kudoswall has created a list of 50 competitions in a variety of areas that might inspire your child to challenge themselves to do their best in a subject or talent that they love. Among the competitions listed are:

  • National Geographic Bee: Hosted by National Geographic, this competition challenges kids’ geographic knowledge.
  • Kids Philosophy Slam: Focuses on critical thinking skills and open to all K-12 grades, the slam has children creating essays or artwork on a specific topic (2017 topic: Is the pen mightier than the sword?) in order to be crowned “The Most Philosophical Student in America.”
  • Congressional Art Competition: Sponsored by the Congressional Institute to recognize high school students’ artistic talents, with winners having their artwork hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year.
  • NASKA: Members of the North American Sport Karate Association can compete in variety divisions and skills.
  • National STEM Video Game Challenge: Open to middle and high school students, this competition aims to motivate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by transforming their interest in playing video games into designing and creating their own.
  • C-SPAN’s Student Cam: A competition for students in grades 6-12 to submit a short documentary film (5-7 minutes) that focuses on a topic related to the annual theme.

Be sure to check out the full list with your child to see if there is a competition that sparks their interest so you can start planning on fielding a team or participating next year.