• Contests and Competitions


    Maryland Municipal League's Essay Contest for Fourth Graders
    Fourth graders throughout Maryland are invited to take part in the Maryland Municipal League’s (MML) annual “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. The contest challenges fourth graders to share their thoughts on how they would engage with citizens to make their local municipality a better place to live and work if they were mayor. 

     Maryland Municipal League's Essay Contest


    National History Day

    National History Day makes history come alive for America's youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past. Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today's youth are better able to inform the present and shape the future. NHD inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction.

    Every year National History Day frames students' research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year's theme is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events. The intentional selection of the theme for National History Day is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

    The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase student's historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time.

    The following link: PGCPS National History Day Site connects you to the district's Google Site containing all the information for this year!

    Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge


    The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation's premier science competition for students in grades 5-8. Students have the opportunity to win amazing cash prizes and once-in-a-lifetime trips. Over the last 13 years, more than 600,000 middle school students have participated in the competition. DiscoveryChannel Young Scientist Challenge



     Jr. First Lego League

    Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages 6-9, Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) is a hands-on program designed to capture young children's inherent curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them.  Just like FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®), this program features a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. Guided by adult coaches and the Jr.FLL Core Values, students work with LEGO elements and moving parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review.

    Each yearly Challenge has two parts, the LEGO Model and the Show MePoster. Working in teams of two to six children and guided by at least one adult coach, teams work to complete the Challenge.

    The culmination of the hard work for many teams is the participation in aJr.FLL event. Volunteer Reviewers at the event interview the teams to learn about their LEGO Model and Show Me poster.  All the teams are celebrated and leave with an award. While participation in a Jr.FLL event is not a requirement, we encourage teams to attend and/or organize events in their communities. We provide teams (in the U.S. and Canada) with an Event Guide which can be scaled to meet your needs. Teams outside the U.S. and Canada can find information about local events on your country's website.



    LettersAbout Literature

    The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with affiliate state centers for the book and in partnership with Target Stores, invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest.

    To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre--fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, contemporary or classic--explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves.

    There are three competition levels:

    ·       Level I for children in grades 4 through 6; 

    ·       Level II for grades 7 and 8, 

    ·       Level III, grades 9 - 12. 

    State winners, announced in March each year, receive cash awards. National winners, announce in late April, receive additional prizes and earn for their school or community library LAL Reading Promotion Grants valued at thousands of dollars!

    LAL focuses on reader response and reflective writing. 



    Doodle For Google

    The link provided takes you to last year's theme, but the rules and information still apply.  As soon as they update the theme we will update our information, just be thinking about how you can Doodle for Google!

    Video courtesy of http://www.doodle4google.com

    Design Guidelines

    • The doodle should be completed on page two of the entry form available at the top of this page.
    • The Google logo in the student doodle should be clearly visible and recognizable.
    • The student doodle should be done in pencil, crayon, felt tip, paint or by using computer drawing or design software.
    • We do not accept entries that use additional materials to create 3D effects.
    • While we encourage your students or children to use the previous doodle artists and winners as inspiration, we remind participants not to recreate or plagiarize previous designs. They cannot contain any content, element, or material that violates a third party’s publicity, privacy or intellectual property rights.
    • We keep all the original artwork and do not send it back. If you'd like to retain a copy of your student's or child’s doodle, please make a color copy of it before you mail it in.