Science Competition

February 20, 2016 - Students in Grades 5-8

Motivating students to stretch the capacity of their unlimited imaginations, Orlando Science Center challenges students to transform ordinary and found objects into a kinetic system. Awards will be given based on problem-solving, best use of science and mechanical innovation.

All winners receive medals. The Best in Fair teammates share a $500 prize. Teams who will Best Use of Science and Most Innovative awards each share a $250 prize. The Best in Fair team’s sponsoring teacher also wins $250!

 

Curtis Kinetic Science Competition 2016 Information

Registration Deadline: February 5, 2016
Competition and Awards Ceremony: February 20, 2016

Be sure to check out the new requirements:
Curtis Kinetic Science Competition Requirements

Download and fill out the Registration Form:
Curtis Kinetic Science Competition Registration Form

If mentors or students have questions on the abstract, notebooks, or any other requirements for this year’s competition, please do not hesitate to contact an Orlando Science Center Educator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 407.514.2112.

 

Orlando Science Center's Curtis Kinetic Science Competition is a science competition geared toward fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders which allows students to use their creativity and science knowledge to win money for their science class or club.

The competition fosters teamwork and hands-on learning while motivating students to stretch the capacity of their imaginations by transforming ordinary and found objects into a kinetic sculpture. The Curtis Kinetic Science Competition focuses on Florida Sunshine State Standards for Science including energy, force and motion, and the nature of science.

Projects resemble those made famous by American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg. Machines are assembled using household, store-bought and disposed-of items and are designed to perform a simple task in complex fashion. By utilizing kinetic energy, a single action sets events in motion that result in a domino effect.

Photo Credit: Roberto Gonzalez Photography


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The Curtis Kinetic Science Competition is a fun way for teaching students the science behind kinetic systems, as well as the skills required to plan, execute, document, reflect and present a science project in a higher level science competition. The 2015 Kinetic Competition will be open to any school, science club and home school group in the 7 surrounding counties (Brevard, Lake, Marion, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, and Volusia). There will be two divisions: Junior (grades 5 and 6), and Senior (grades 7 and 8); and students may work in teams of up to five.   

This year’s awards will be as follows:
  • An individual medal to each team member and $500 to the “Best in Fair” team in each division
  • An individual medal to each team member and $250 to the “Best use of Science” team in each division
  • An individual medal to each team member and $250 to the “Most Innovative/Creative” team in each division
  • $250 to the “Best in Fair” team’s teacher/coach
 
 

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