Carolina (R) STEM Challenge for Grades 6-12

As part of the N.C. Science Festival, Carolina Biological Supply Company is sponsoring the Carolina® STEM Challenge Competition. This competition is open to middle school and high school science teachers and their students. Complete the application below to apply for a free kit from Carolina’s new Carolina STEM ChallengeTM Physical Science series. One hundred applicants will be selected to receive a free Carolina STEM Challenge kit.

Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place to both the students of the winning design teams and their teachers. Teachers of the winning design teams will receive the following:
$200 Carolina Gift Certificate for 1st place
$100 Carolina Gift Certificate for 2nd place
$50 Carolina Gift Certificate for 3rd place

Selected applicants will receive a free kit to use in class with their students and hold a classroom competition based on the challenge listed for the specified kit. After selecting a winning design from their class, teachers will work with that team to create a video of the project in action. See the submission guidelines for details. Carolina will judge the submissions and give awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place designs.
Only one submission per classroom is allowed. Competition is open to grades 6 – 12. No more than 3 students per design team.

How to Enter:
If your application is accepted, use the free kit in your class, and select a design team winner. Work with the winning design team to create and submit a 3-minute video that shows:
the entire device a demonstration of how the device works the challenge in action the challenge results
Videos of distance challenge entries (catapult and race car) must show the distance traveled without any cuts/edits in footage that could allow for an altered result. Submissions suspected to show altered results will be disqualified. The judges will use the videos to determine the winners of the competition.

Submission Guidelines:
Selected applicants for the Carolina® STEM Challenge Competition will receive video submission instructions and guidelines as part of their acceptance notification.

About the Series: Carolina STEM ChallengeTM
Engineer excitement with NEW kits for middle and high school physical science that:
• Incorporate STEM concepts
• Promote creativity, team-building, and fun
• Encourage interest in science
Easily integrate exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities into any physical science curriculum with Carolina STEM ChallengeTM Physical Science Series kits. They engage and inspire students with fun, real-world design challenges in an exciting tournament-style format.

Choose from one of the following 3 kits for the Carolina® STEM Challenge Competition:

Paint Stirrer Catapult Kit –item # 750028 Launch projectiles and learn about levers with a desktop catapult built from paint stir sticks. Modify the catapult and conduct trials to explore how the fulcrum size and position, plank length, effort force, and load mass all affect trajectory and distance. Design teams use this data to update, retest, and troubleshoot the prototype to perfect the catapult. For assessment, the best design competes in a class challenge for height, distance, and accuracy. Students are sure to better understand the principles behind levers after this enjoyable activity. Supports 15 design teams of 2 or 3 students. Includes instructions and diagrams.

Roller Coasters Kit – item # 750036 Unleash Newton’s laws as thrill-seeking design teams explore roller coaster physics for a hands-on experience in energy transformation. Teams evaluate the descent of a small sphere (wood, glass, or steel) through loops, turns, and hills on a foam insulation track, then extend that knowledge to engineer the best structure for the class challenges of highest hill, largest loop, or maximum velocity. Use this engaging engineering activity to explain the forces behind the fun – potential and kinetic energy, energy conservation, acceleration, and laws of motion. Materials support 10 design teams. Includes instructions.

Balloon Race Cars Kit – item # 750040 Race to the finish with balloon-powered race cars and Newton’s laws of motion. Design teams build and
test a prototype car, then explore how changes to the wheels, body, and balloon alter the performance. To successfully compete in the class challenge for maximum speed or distance, teams must overcome obstacles such as friction and car stability. Extend the lesson to cover propulsion, force diagrams, aerodynamics, and energy conservation. This activity is an excellent way to incorporate math and engineering skills into your science lesson. Materials support 15 design teams. Includes instructions.

Carolina® STEM Challenge Competition Application Instructions: Complete and submit this application via email or fax by 5:00pm EST January 28, 2013.


Questions? Contact Felicia Cherry at 800-334-5551 ext. 4306, or David Heller at 800-334-5551 ext. 4328