Friday, February 26, 2010

Scholarships, Robotics & Career Exp, Free SAT Prep, & Contests

NYC FIRST Robotics and Career Expo
Educators, students, and parents are invited to attend the 2010 New York City FIRST Robotics Competition being held at the Jacob Javits Center on March 13-14. More than 200 student robotics teams will be competing. There will also be a Science and Technology Career Expo, including 30 colleges and universities offering FIRST scholarships and some of New York City’s largest technology based companies. Please see this flier for further details.

School administrators, teachers, students, and parents are invited to the free event as part of the City’s celebration of students learning about science and technology. School group tours are available. Please call 718/260.3383 for more information.

Enter Citywide Graphic Arts Competition
The 9th Annual Citywide Graphic Arts Competition will be held this spring to showcase the talent and creative energy of high school students enrolled in graphics education programs. The categories for this year’s competition are: Powerpoint Presentation, Desktop Publishing and Design, Web Site Design, Offset Printing, Digital Photography, Digital Video and Student Filmmaking (new category). High schools are hosting qualifying rounds through March. Schools will submit the top student work from each category electronically by April 2 to be considered for the citywide finals. Students may compete in multiple categories at the Qualifying Rounds. Student finalists will be selected by industry and academic experts to compete in the Citywide Finals in May at the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn. Each of the invited finalists will compete in one of the categories for prizes at the citywide final competition. Finalists in Student Filmmaking will compete in an on-site Digital Video Production. Read competition rules, rubrics, topics, and submission guidelines.

2010 New York City Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is pleased to announce the 24th annual Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest. New York City students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grade are encouraged to create art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for New York City's water supply, our wastewater treatment system, and the importance of water conservation. All winners will be honored at a special award ceremony in the month of May. See entries from previous years and contest guidelines. If you have any questions, contact them at or 718/595.3506.

The deadline is Friday, March 5, 2010. The award ceremony will be in May.

Free Online SAT Preparation for Eleventh Grade Students
Eleventh grade students can use an online program to prepare for the spring 2010 SAT examination through a partnership with The College Board. The online tool can be used by individual students through any computer with internet access, or it can be integrated into classroom instruction. The College Board will send welcome packets to high schools this week with starter guides and registration cards for students, teachers, and administrators. To learn more about how educators can use this tool to support student success further, educators and administrators can participate in a webinar. To learn more about how students and educators can use the tool, click here. For more information, please contact Marissa Munoz at or Cara Spitalewitz at

College Scholarships
The Association of Black Educators of New York will be awarding several college scholarships this year including the $4000 ($1000 per year) Elaine A. Davis Scholarship. For requirements, click here. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 30.

The Forest Project Summer Collaborative

Wave Hill is recruiting high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from the Bronx and upper Manhattan for a paid summer internship. This six week summer internship program uses Bronx natural areas for ecological study and job training. Earning wages from Wave Hill and college credits from CUNY's Lehman College, basic forest restoration is taught in the greater context of the urban ecosystem, where woodland management connects directly with air and water quality, wildlife habitat and biodiversity.

Three levels of internships are offered based on experience and high school grade completed, encouraging teenagers to grow at Wave Hill by returning each summer for new and increasingly challenging experiences. Get more information and download the application. The deadline for the application is March 25, 2010.

Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge and Scholarship Opportunity
High school students are invited to write and illustrate a children's book that discusses the topics of tolerance and diversity. Submissions should provide a story that children (in grades K-5) can understand and identify with that also promotes a greater understanding of different cultures, lifestyles, and beliefs. Students may work individually or as a team (of up to four members). Each book should consist of a complete story with full-color illustrations, and be submitted on 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper with text and art on each page (all media accepted). Entries may be no longer than 24 pages. Winners will receive college scholarships and the first prize winner’s book will be published. Submissions must be received or postmarked by March 8. For more detailed information, visit the B'nai B'rith Web site.

Math and Science College Scholarships
Named for the first African American to walk in space, a new scholarship is available to encourage minority students to pursue college degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships are for this year's graduating high school seniors. Four scholarships for two males and two females of $5,000 each will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of the former astronaut, physician and businessman. Applications are due May 14.

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