Category Archives: Other Events & Contests

Nebraska Department of Agriculture Poster Contest

Nebraska agriculture contributes more than $23 billion to Nebraska’s economy each year.  Nebraska is home to nearly 50,000 farms and ranches utilizing 91% of the state’s total land area.  Nebraska IS Agriculture!

All 1st-6th grade students are invited to participate in the 15th annual Nebraska Department of Agriculture Poster Contest.  The theme is: Sharing the Story of Nebraska Agriculture.  Check out the poster rules here and visit the contest website at: http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/kids/

Deadline:  March 1, 2018

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Nebraska Robotics Expo

NEBRASKA ROBOTICS EXPO 2018

The Nebraska Robotics Expo will be held at  Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum on Saturday, February 17, 2018.  Westside would like to take 6 TEAMS to this amazing event!
A Loveland parent will be holding workshops on Saturdays in January to prepare for the event.  All 3rd-6th grade students at Westside Elementary Schools are invited to attend.  Even if a child decides he/she does not want to participate in the Expo, they are still welcome to attend the Saturday workshops.
Descriptions of the Robotics Expo events can be found by clicking the links below.

Please fill out the form linked below to reserve your spot for the Saturday workshops.  They will be offered on January 6, 13, 20 and 27 (all Saturdays) in the Swanson Library basement from 3-6pm.

There is only space for 20 participants at each session.

https://tinyurl.com/wcsrobotics

Family Code Night

You’re invited to Family Code Night at Westside Middle School. Bring the whole family for a fun evening of computer programming. Don’t know how to computer program? No worries, there will be plenty of activities for the whole family to learn.
Date: December 7
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Westside Middle School Library
Stations Include:
Sign-Up Here:  https://goo.gl/forms/ZiSEQRIsGex10jNw2

ASA Statistics Poster Competition

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The American Statistical Association (ASA) is dedicated to and involved in enhancing statistics education at all levels.  Check out their annual Poster Contest for students in grades K-12.

Posters are due each year on April 1.

What is a statistical poster? A statistical poster is a display containing two or more related graphics that summarize a set of data, look at the data from different points of view, and answer specific questions about the data.

Check out additional details/rules and look at the winners from last year by visiting the ASA website.

More Writing Opportunities

Stone Soup
  • Stone Soup welcomes submissions from around the world by writers and artists ages 13 and younger.
  • To get an idea of the kind of work Stone Soup has published in the past, look through our Archive of Children’s Writing.
  • Deadline: Ongoing

For more information, visit: https://stonesoup.com/how-to-submit-writing-and-art-to-stone-soup/

Amazing Kids! Magazine
  • This contest is open to kids ages 7 – 18 with separate age categories (7 – 9, 10 – 11, 12 – 14, and 15 – 18).
  • One winner will be selected in each category to win the choice of either a Solitaire Chess game or FootBubbles along with an official certificate verifying their winning entry and publication in the Amazing Kids! Magazine.
  • All entries are due by October 1.

For more information, visit: http://mag.amazing-kids.org/ak-contests/amazing-kids-adventure-contest-create-an-adventure-story/

Mrs. P’s ‘Be a Famous Writer’ Contest
  • Mrs. P’s 9th Annual “Be-A-Famous-Writer” Contest is open to students in  Kindergarten through 4th grade.  
  • The contest starts October 15, 2017 and the 2017 theme is dragons.
  • To get an idea of the kind of work chosen in the past, visit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF6D83D5011B3185A
  • Deadline is December 15, 2017 (winners announced January 30, 2018)

For more information, visit: http://contest.mrsp.com/

Metro Omaha Reading Council Writing Contest

The Metropolitan Reading Council is now taking submissions for their 2017-2018 MRC Writing Contest

Grades K-3 Writing Prompt:  If you could have a super power, what would it be?  Tell why you want this power and what you would do with it.

Grades 4-6 Writing Prompt:  If you had a super power, what would it be?  Why? What would you like to do with that power?  The power can be something you can do (e.g. recite the alphabet backwards, expert on dogs, throw perfect passes, etc.) or something you imagine (e.g. talk to animals, fly, superhuman strength, etc.).  Write a story about how you would use your power.

Stories may have no more than 2500 words

Deadline: December 22, 2017

For more details, visit:

http://www.metroreadingcouncil.org/writing-contest-2017-2018.html

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WOW! That’s Engineering Event Sept 30, 2017

Who: 6th-10 Grade Girls interested in engineering fields 
When: Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 8:30 AM to 3 PM
Where: College of Saint Mary
7000 Mercy Road
Omaha NE  68106
Cost: FREE!! Pre-registration is required due to limited space.
Parents & Educators are welcome to join us for our Parent & Educator Track!!
Our event is aimed at encouraging young women to pursue careers in Engineering and Technology!
Students will experience:
Mechanical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Systems Engineering
Registration Materials  Click here
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Truckin’ Through Nebraska: A Mobile Children’s Museum

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Nebraska’s statehood, a mobile Children’s Museum has been on the move throughout our state and they’re coming to a stop near us very soon!
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Check out https://ne150.org/museum/ for more information.

Friday, September 22 from 3-7pm:  K Street in front of the State Capital in Lincoln

Saturday-Sunday, September 23-24:  Canopy & R Street in front of the Pinnacle Bank

  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 1-5pm