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Academic Competitions for Gifted Students
A Resource Book for Teachers and Parents

Second Edition


November 2007 | 192 pages | Corwin

"The book makes an excellent case for competitions as a means to meet the educational needs of gifted students at a time when funding has significantly decreased."
—Joan Smutny, Gifted Specialist, National-Louis University
Author of Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K–5

"The authors are knowledgeable and respected experts in the field of gifted education. I believe there is no other book that provides this valuable information to teachers, parents, and coordinators of gifted programs."
—Barbara Polnick, Assistant Professor
Sam Houston State University

Everything you need to know about academic competitions!

This handy reference serves as a guide for using academic competitions as part of K–12 students' total educational experience. Covering 170 competitions in several content areas, this handbook offers a brief description of each event plus contact and participation information. The authors list criteria for selecting events that match students' strengths and weaknesses and also discuss:

  • The impact of competitions on the lives of students
  • Ways to anticipate and avoid potential problems
  • Strategies for maximizing the benefits of competitions
  • Access to international and national academic competitions

This second edition offers twice as many competitions as the first, provides indexes by title and by subject area and level, and lists Web sites for finding additional competitions.

 
Preface
 
Introduction: Making Decisions About Competitive Programs for Gifted Students
How to Use This Book  
Characteristics of Good Competitions  
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Selecting, Preparing for, and Participating in Competitions
Selected Characteristics and Needs of Gifted and Talented Students  
How They Influence Contest Participation  
Effects of Competition: Good News  
Effects of Competition: Bad News  
How to Anticipate and Avoid Problems in the Use of Competitions  
How to Maximize Benefits From Competitions  
References  
 
2. Competition Descriptions
AAA High School Travel Challenge  
AATSP Elementary/Middle School Poster Contest  
Academic Decathlon  
Academic Games Leagues of America National Tournament  
Academic Triathlon  
Achievement Awards in Writing  
All-USA High School Academic Team Competition  
Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Scholastic Art and Writing Awards  
Amateur Poetry Contest  
American Computer Science League  
American Enterprise Speech Contest  
American History Essay Contest  
American Invitational Mathematics Exam  
American Mathematics Competitions  
American Mathematics Contest 8  
American Regions Mathematics League  
American Scholastics Mathematics Competition  
American Society of Newspaper Editors, Quill and Scroll International Writing, Photo Contest  
American Veterans (AMVETS) Americanism Program  
Ann Arlys Bowler Poetry Contest  
Arts Recognition and Talent Search  
Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Student Publishing Awards  
Ayn Rand Essay Contest  
Baker’s Plays High School Playwriting Contest  
BEST Robotics Competition  
Biz Plan Competition  
Botball Robotics  
Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge  
Cane Writing Contest  
Chemistry Olympiad  
Christopher Columbus Awards  
Civic Education Project – Civic Week  
Clarke-Bradbury Science Fiction Competition  
Classical Association of New England  
Community Innovation  
Concord Review Emerson Prize  
Continental Mathematics League  
Creative Writing Essay Contest  
Cricket League Contest  
Destination Imagination  
Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge  
Doors to Diplomacy  
DuPont Challenge Science Essay Awards Program  
Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition  
eCybermission  
Edventures Robotics Contest  
EngineerGirl Essay Contest  
(Toshiba NSTA)/ExploraVision Awards Program  
Federal Reserve Bank FED CHALLENGE  
Federal Reserve Bank Student Essay Contest  
Fire Fighting Robot Contest  
First Middle-Grade Novel Contest  
FIRST Robotics Competition  
First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics  
First Young Adult Novel  
Foundations for Life National Essay Program & Contest  
Frazier Institute Student Essay Contest  
Freedom Foundation National Awards Program  
Future City Competition  
Future Problem Solving Program  
George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest  
Harry Singer Foundation Essay Contests  
Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament  
High School Communications Competition  
“Idea of America” Essay Contest  
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair  
Intel Science Talent Search  
International Brain Bee  
International Mathematics Olympiad  
International Student Media Festival  
Invent America!  
Invitational Mathematics Examination  
Jane Austen Society of North America’s Essay Contest  
Japan Bowl  
JFK Profiles in courage Essay Contest  
Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest  
Junior Engineering Technical Society, Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science  
Junior Science and Humanities Symposia  
Kids Are Authors  
Kids Can Write Contest  
Kids Philosophy Slam  
KidsBookshelf Contests  
Knowledge Master Open (KMO)  
Laws of Life Essay Contest  
League of American Poets Free Poetry Contest  
Let’s Get Real  
Letters about Literature Competition  
Mandelbrot Competition  
Manningham Student Poetry Awards  
MATHCOUNTS  
Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary Schools  
Math Leagues  
Medusa Mythology Exam  
Merlyn's Pen Literary Magazine Contest and Critique  
Modern Woodmen of America School Speech  
NAACP ACT-SO  
NASA Space Settlement Contest  
National Achievement® Scholarship Program  
National African American History Academic Challenge Bowl  
National American Indian Science and Engineering Fair  
National Beta Club Convention  
National Biblical Greek Exam  
National Canon Envirothon  
National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament  
National Council on Economic Education and Goldman Sachs Foundation Economics Challenge  
National Consumers League: LifeSmarts  
National Engineering Design Challenge (JWOD/JETS)  
National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest  
National Forensic League, National Tournament  
National French Contest, Le Grand Concours  
National Geography Bee  
National German Test  
National Greek Exam  
National High School Oratorical Contest  
National High School Student Solar Design Contest  
National History Day  
National Latin Exam  
National Mythology Exam  
National Peace Essay Contest  
National Portuguese Exam  
National Schools Project Poetry Contest  
National Science Bowl®  
National Science Decathlon  
National Science Olympiad  
National Spanish Exam  
National Vocabulary Championship  
National Women’s Hall of Fame Essay and New Media Contest  
National Young Astronomer Award  
Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition  
Odyssey of the Mind  
Ohio State University Press The Journal Award in Poetry  
Olympiad of Spoken Russian  
Panasonic Academic Challenge  
Physics Bowl  
President’s Environmental Youth Awards  
Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines  
Promising Young Writers  
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards  
Quill and Scroll Society, International Writing, Photo Contest  
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards  
Science Olympiad  
Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee  
Sea World/Busch Gardens/Fujifilm Environmental Excellence Awards  
Shanghai American School's NAQT Asian Championship  
Siemens Foundation Competition in Math, Science, and Technology  
Society of Professional Journalists High School Essay Contest  
Student Science Fiction and Fantasy Contest  
Thespian Playworks  
ThinkQuest  
National Society of Black Engineers TRY-MATH-A-LON Competition  
U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad  
USA Biology Olympiad (USABO)  
USA Computing Olympiad  
USA Mathematical Olympiad  
USA Mathematical Talent Search  
UNA-USA National High School Essay Contest  
Vegetarian Resource Group Essay  
Veteran’s of Foreign Wars of the United States’ Patriot’s Pen  
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Voice of Democracy Program  
VSA arts Playwright Discovery Program  
Weekly Mathematics Contest  
Weekly Reader’s “What’s Your Story” Student Publishing Awards  
West Point Bridge Design Contest  
WordMasters Challenge  
Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Contest  
Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Program  
Young Naturalist Awards  
Young Playwrights Festival  
 
Web Sites for Finding Other Competitions
 
Index of Competitions by Title
 
Index of Competitions by Subject Area and Level

"The book makes an excellent case for competitions as a means to meet the educational needs of gifted students at a time when funding has significantly decreased."

Joan Smutny, Gifted Specialist, National-Louis University
Author of Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K-5

"The chapters are cohesive and well integrated."

Kay L. Gibson, Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
Wichita State University

"The authors are knowledgeable and respected experts in the field of gifted education. There is no other book that I am aware of that provides this valuable information to teachers, parents, and coordinators of gifted programs."

Barbara Polnick, Assistant Professor
Sam Houston State University

"A key resource perfect for anyone who would understand academic competitions for Grades K-12."

The Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review
Key features

Academic Competitions for Gifted Students includes:

  • Criteria for selecting and implementing competitions that match students' strengths and weaknesses
  • A listing of competitions that has doubled in the second edition
  • Contests for minority populations as well as for students with special needs
  • Indexes of competitions by content area, grade level, and title with information on those that accept applications from home or from home schools
  • Web links for latest updates on competitions 

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