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NOAA Design Challenge
Tiara Booker-Dwyer

The purpose of the NOAA Design Challenge is for students to research and design the most effective strategy for preventing or removing nonpoint source pollution from the water of the Chesapeake Bay or the streams that flow into it.


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  4. Maryland DNR Challenge: Brackish Water Protocols
Maryland DNR Challenge: Brackish Water Protocols

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Challenge Description:

Students will design a biological protocol to ascertain water quality in brackish water. There are hundreds of protocols using macro invertebrates found in fresh water to assess water quality. Since there are little if any insects in brackish water, other biological procedures must be developed.  

E-mail questions about the challenge to: STEMChallenge@MBRT.org


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NASA Spinoff Challenge

The objective of this challenge is to educate students and increase their interest in STEM, through their creating of original videos about specific technologies found in NASA’s Spinoff publications. The contest also seeks to raise the general public awareness of NASA’s missions and the benefits of NASA’s technology transfer efforts.

Submit challenge videos to STEMChallenge@MBRT.org. Include the following in your e-mail:


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NASA Exploration Design Challenge

The goal of the NASA Exploration Design Challenge is for students to research and design ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. NASA and Lockheed Martin are developing the Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit and on to an asteroid or Mars. Radiation exposure is a serious concern for astronauts and officials within the space exploration community. The Exploration Design Challenge seeks to inspire students to create practical solutions for the issues facing astronauts through engaging in STEM learning experiences.


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  4. UMBC Challenge: 3D Mapping of Trees
UMBC Challenge: 3D Mapping of Trees

UMBC Challenge:

Trees store carbon, helping fight climate change caused by our emissions of carbon to the atmosphere.  By mapping the heights of trees and measuring tree diameters, it is possible to determine how much carbon is in the trees of a specific area.  Students will use aerial photography by balloons or kites to make a 3D map of the trees in their school or neighborhood, and to measure tree diameters. Using these measurements students will estimate the carbon storage of the trees in their school or neighborhood.


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  4. Loyola University Challenge: Wireless Networks
Loyola University Challenge: Wireless Networks

Challenge Description:

Students will increase the signal strength of a wireless network.  To boost the strength, students will design and build a cantenna – an antenna made out of a metal can and several other parts.  Students will build several cantennas  and measure the signal strength and/or the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for their cantenna samples to investigate how can diameter, length, and signal source placement affect the cantenna performance.


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  4. JHU APL Challenge: Creating Connectomes: Mapping the Mouse Brain
JHU APL Challenge: Creating Connectomes: Mapping the Mouse Brain

Challenge Description:

In this challenge, students will identify neural synapses in the mouse brain using electron microscopy images. Students will have the opportunity to extend their knowledge by collaborating with students in computer science and/or algebra II classes to develop an automated synapse detector for the Applied Physics Lab. Lastly, students will design and carry out an investigation where they create a neural circuit to test how manipulating a factor within the circuit can affect neural communication.

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NSA Challenge: Design a Green Cleaning Program for Your School

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  4. NSA Challenge: Recycling for a Cleaner World
NSA Challenge: Recycling for a Cleaner World

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