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Can middle school students make a difference? Yes, and the possibilities are unlimited! It’s an experience that not only motivates kids, but teaches them lessons about science, their communities and themselves that last a lifetime.
 
Bayer / National Science Foundation Award
Unlocking that potential is the job of the Bayer/NSF Award, a cutting-edge nationwide competition that combines science and technology with community problem-solving in a real-world setting.

Sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students working in teams of three or four identify an issue they care about and use science and technology to develop an innovative solution. They work with experts, conduct research and put their ideas to the test, just like adult scientists.

It’s an experience that not only motivates kids, but teaches them lessons about science, their communities and themselves that last a lifetime.

This is science and community involvement at their best, with real rewards. You and your team will compete for a one-week, expenses paid trip to the Walt Disney World Resort for National Championship Week.

Rewards for winning teams also include $36,000 in US Savings bonds and the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant.

The Bayer/NSF Award is a cross-curricular activity that meets the science standards. And best of all, it's FREE to all U.S. students and can be used in any setting - public or private schools, home schools and youth organizations.

Your free guide includes entry forms, contest rules, tips for coaching your team and advice for using the competition to meet science standards — everything you need to get started. There is no cost to enter . . . and your free guide is available now for the 2001-2002 competition year!

Entry deadline is January 31, 2002

The student guide can help your students start and complete their entry. It takes your kids through their competition activities step-by-step — from identifying a community problem to brainstorming and testing solutions.

Can middle school students make a difference? Yes, and the possibilities are unlimited!

The Bayer/NSF Award features the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant awarded each year to one of the 10 finalist teams to help them bring their proposal to life in their community.

The grant winners receive guidance from the Bayer/NSF staff and continued support from their coach and community leader and show what middle school kids can do!

Every team that enters receives certificates and judges comments on their entry!

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