Science Project Contest 2014


Entomological Foundation
Competition for
Science Project Ideas

The Entomological Foundation is conducting a contest to identify the top 5 to 10 science project ideas for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, students, and parents who are always looking for exciting ideas for science projects! In response to this growing need, Dr. Nan-Yao Su is sponsoring our fourth contest which will culminate with a creation of a web site containing a collection of science project ideas, based on grade level, the majority of which will involve insects or be built around an entomological question.

The contest is open to ESA student members. Contest winners will receive a check for $100 for each submission making the top 5 to 10 list. The Foundation is especially looking for project ideas submitted by entomology student clubs and K-12 educators. 

The Foundation is requesting that projects be designed to be doable and exciting for students as well as interesting and exciting for teachers and families. The goal is to develop an interest and understanding of scientific laws and principles that underlay the natural world. Authorship credit will be cited for each science project published on the Foundation’s web site.

Any project idea that relate to insects, spiders, or related arthropods are welcome. Examples include teaching children about life cycles, interrelationships of living things, food chains/food web, and organisms and the environment.

Contest entries will be accepted beginning May 1 and will close on August 31, 2014. Winners will be notified in October. Winners who are in attendance at the Entomological Society of America’s Annual Meeting, November 16-19, 2014 in Portland, Oregon will receive their award during the Entomological Foundation’s Awards Reception.

Examples of winning projects: Science Projects

Submission Guidelines 


1. Submit your project in MS Word, Times New Roman, Single-spaced, 12 font. Please include photographs and/or illustrations to help the student conduct the experiment.


2. Submit your project to Dr. Thomas Green, President of the Entomological Foundation Board of Directors. You may submit as many projects as you wish. The deadline is August 31, 2014.


3. Format for submitting your project  (Please see past winners to use as an example).

-  Title of the experiment

-  Submitted by: (Your name)

-  Grade level(s) targeted (We are looking for projects suitable for grades K-12)

-  List the National Science Standard(s) addressed by the activity. (For example, does the activity teach children about organisms and the environment? Or, life cycles of organisms?) Check out a list of the National Science Standards.

-  List the Entomology Literacy Element(s) and Supporting Concept(s) addressed by the activity. (For example, does the activity explain Element 1- how insects provide environmental services to humans? And, the Supporting Concept of Ecosystem Functioning?) Check out a list of the Entomology Literacy Elements and Supporting Concepts.

-  Observations

-  Question (The project should contain a question that catches a student's imagination.)

-  Hints to form the hypothesis

-  Materials needed (List the materials needed)

-  The Experiment (Write out the "step-by-step" procedure to conduct the experiment)

-  Result (Present the results: list possible outcomes of the experiment and their interpretation)

-  Discussion (Suggestions for presenting the findings)

-  References (List references to help the student in conducting the experiment, preferably found on the Internet)

-  Estimated time required and cost to conduct the experiment. (The experiment should be very simple to conduct and can be done preferably by using common household items. However, if items need to be purchased, they need to be inexpensive and easy to obtain.)


Note: When submitting you project ideas, please indicate you would be willing to be identified as a contact for further questions regarding the project by the users of the Foundation's website. Our plans are to identify and include on the website a "mentor" or resource for each listed winning project. The Entomological Foundation reserves the right to decide which entry will be displayed on its website.

Questions? If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Thomas Green via email or at (608) 232-1410.






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