Math & Science Competitions

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Math & Science Competitions

At AdmissionSight, we guide our students on how to prepare to compete in prestigious math and science competitions to improve their academic standing to college admissions officers.  These competitions are extremely competitive, and understanding how to both prepare and compete at the regional and national level is imperative if you want to stand out as a strong STEM student. There are literally thousands of very strong STEM students every year, and getting top scores and grades in your AP curriculum is simply not enough if you want to compete against the country’s best and brightest. 

Here you can find a small sample of competitions our students have competed in: 

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1) American Mathematics Competitions (AMC 8/10/12, AIME, USAMO)​

The MAA’s American Mathematics Competitions program leads the nation in strengthening the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers. Through classroom resources and friendly competition, the MAA AMC program helps America’s educators identify talent and foster a love of mathematics. The MAA AMC program positively impacts the analytical skills needed for future careers in an innovative society. You may access a series of AMC and AIME sample contests through the Art of Problem Solving.

2) American Regions Mathematics League (ARML)

The American Regions Mathematics League’s annual competition brings together the nation’s finest students. They meet, compete against, and socialize with one another, forming friendships and sharpening their mathematical skills. Since its inception in 1976, ARML has snowballed, burgeoned, and mushroomed into a national program, involving almost 2000 students and teachers from almost every state. Simply put, ARML is the World Series of mathematics competitions. The contest is written for high school students, although some exceptional junior high students attend each year.

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On lab, two female students are working on their project.

3) Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

Every year, tens of millions of students participate in science fairs around the globe but only about 1,800 earn the right to compete for nearly $5 million awards bestowed each May at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

4) Regeneron Science Talent Search

Started in 1942 as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, the Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) recognizes and empowers our nation’s most promising young scientists who are developing ideas that could solve society’s most urgent challenges.

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Group of students working in a laboratory.

5) Science Olympiad

Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 8,000 teams in all 50 states. We host 450 tournaments annually on college campuses and hold professional development workshops that showcase innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

6) USA Physics Olympiad

The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) is the most prestigious international physics competition for secondary school students. The main aim of IPhO is to test the highest level of knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, right practices of presentation and analysis, and hands-on skills in theoretical and experimental physics. The IPhO is organized annually in different countries as 9-10-days competition wherein national teams comprising maximum of five of their best physics students and two team leaders participate.

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a female and two male mechanical engineering students gathered around and studying a tiny robotic vehicle

7) FIRST Robotics Competition

Project-based, hands-on FIRST programs introduce students to coding, programming, and engineering in an inclusive, creative, and hopeful environment where students work collaboratively to solve a yearly robotics challenge. Explore K-12 programs designed to inspire innovation and help young people build a better future.

8) Google Science Fair

Google Science Fair challenged teens from around the world to solve a problem they care about using science, technology, engineering, and math. Out of thousands of impressive ideas, the final winners will be selected for their innovative research in math and science.

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