Special Interest, Internships, Competitions and Fairs

See Also: Academic Activities

Competitions, Art Shows, Science Fairs, etc.

Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited, published, or presented at public readings.

C-SPAN’s Student Cam Competition
“Annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think about issues that affect their communities and nation and then create a 5-8 minute video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme.”

Earth and Sky Young Producers Contest
Children from around the world are invited to submit their short ‘radio show’ on a science topic.  Prizewinners are chosen and broadcast on participating radio stations.  See past entries at

Friends of the UCSC Library High School Book Collection Essay Contest
Each book collection should focus on a well-defined subject, or on an author, illustrator, printer, or book designer. Students submit essays, which detail the unity of the collection and describe its history and scope, significance to them, and titles of particular importance. The contest is open to UCSC undergraduate students and to high school students.

Google Science Fair
Find information, link to resources,  and participate in the Google Science Fair, which is open to students around the world who will try to win prizes for their creative projects which are relevant to the world today.

Hoagie’s Gifted Education Contests and Awards List
Use this long list to find tons of contests, as well as check out the ‘contest search’ sites to find even more contests!

NASA Space Settlement Contest
Annual contest, co-sponsored by NASA Ames and the National Space Society (NSS) for 6-12th graders (11-18 years old) from anywhere in the world. Individuals, small teams of two to six, and large teams of seven or more (often whole classrooms with teacher leadership) may enter. Grades 6-9 and 10-12 are judged separately, except for the grand prize. Students develop space settlement designs and related materials. These are sent to NASA Ames for judging. Submissions must be received by March 31

National Association of Secondary Principals Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities
Click on the link to the annual list of student contests and activities for many academic, leadership, and other school-related subjects.

National Geographic for Kids Hands-On Explorer Contest
Photo and Essay contest for kids aged 9-15 on a topic of  world interest, with very cool adventure prize.

River of Words
Non-profit organization which conducts training workshops for teachers, naturalists, and others who work with young people to bring observation-based nature exploration and the arts into their work.  Offers art and poetry contests for young people, online gallery of art and poetry, resource list, and more.

Santa Cruz Art League High School Art Show and Competition
526 Broadway, Santa Cruz
(831) 426-5787
Students from local public, charter, private, at-risk, and home schools are invited to participate in the annual spring show at no cost, and to benefit from the experience of a professional exhibition.  Some awards and senior scholarships are offered as well.

Santa Cruz County Office of Education Academic Competitions
Call: (831) 466-5800 or (831) 466-5888 for more information
Offers annual competitions: Mock Trial, Science Fairs, Spelling Bee, Student Authors’ Fair, and Math Contest

Science Buddies
Offers students and their families help in finding ideas, resources, science career information, as well as in executing science fair projects for all grade levels.

Stone Soup Magazine – for Young Writers
Subscribe to the publication or submit your work for acceptance into their world-wide publication.

US First (Lego and Robotics Programs)
Helps young people become science and technology leaders, by engaging them in mentor-based robotics programs through schools, after-school groups, summer camps and conferences.  Click on the ‘find teams in my area’ box for local groups.

Youth Speaks Spoken Word and Slam Poetry
Nonprofit youth organization offering classes within schools and after school programs, for Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs across the country.   Offers teen and college teams competing in the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Contest.


College Board – Info and Links to Internships Sites

Special Interest and Other

Community Traffic Safety Coalition – Bike Traffic School
Low-cost classes offered to children, teens, and adults who want to learn how to reduce their risk of accidents or injury while riding their bikes.  Those who have received tickets while riding their bicycles may also take the class to avoid paying a fine.

“Students learn by exploring, experiencing and addressing real-life situations, through their work developing Lego brick cities from the ground up and follow a detailed curriculum, where “kid citizens” take on roles such as mayor, sheriff, city planner, and ambassador. They work with each other to determine the kind of city governance that is required and they solve problems as they develop, own and operate their own businesses. And  they learn about social studies, civics, history, economics, money management, architecture, the environment, problem solving, writing, public speaking and much more.”  Classes are offered for ages 5-7, 8-12, and 13-5, with special classes for “Senators” and for “Robotizens.” Learning centers are located in Palo Alto, Belmont, Cupertino, and Fremont.

Paladin Chess Training
Offers instruction through schools, groups, classes, clubs, library days, and private instruction in chess by Master Gjon Feinstein. Also offers participation in tournaments.