Science Competition

February 15, 2014 - Students in Grades 5-8

The grand-prize winners will receive $500 for their class!

Motivating students to stretch the capacity of their unlimited imagination, Orlando Science Center challenges students to transform ordinary and found objects into an artistic kinetic sculpture. Awards will be given based on the complexity of motion, best use of found materials, mechanical innovation, and artistic expression.

Please Note: Eldest participant in team determines division.
Junior Division: Grades 5 & 6
Senior Division: Grades 7 & 8


Kinetic Challenge 2014 Information

Registration Deadline: January 31, 2014
Set-up: February 15, 2014
Judging and Awards Ceremony: February 15, 2014

Please download and return the completed form:
Registration Form
Kinetic Challenge Rules

Important: Once you have received a confirmation email, your project/paper is registered. If you have not received a confirmation email by Wednesday, February 5, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 407.514.2112.



Dear Participants,

The Orlando Science Center invites you to participate in Kinetic Challenge, a science competition geared to 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Kinetic Challenge allows your students to use their creativity and science knowledge to win money for their science class or club! This competition fosters teamwork and hands-on learning, while motivating students to stretch the capacity of their imaginations by transforming ordinary and found objects into a kinetic sculpture. Kinetic Challenge focuses on Florida Next Generation Sunshine State and Common Core Standards including energy, force and motion and the nature of science.

Please share this opportunity with all the science teachers in  your school. Specific goals and guidelines for Kinetic Challenge can be downloaded above. Remember that participation in this event is free and there is absolutely no cost to you or the school to register.

Kinetic Challenge serves to meet the Science Center's mission to inspire science learning for life. We are happy to address any questions or comments you have regarding the competition. Please feel free to contact me at 407.514.2035 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Katie Hodges
Education Programs Manager , Orlando Science Center


Presented by Stephen H. Goldman Foundation

Motivating students to stretch the capacity of their unlimited imaginations, the Orlando Science Center challenged students to transform ordinary and found objects into artistic kinetic sculptures. More than 100 students in 30 teams from six schools in Orange, Seminole, Lake, and Polk counties displayed their movable works of art on Saturday, February 20 during the Orlando Science Center Kinetic Challenge.

Students in grades 5th to 9th were asked to create unusual sculptures and wacky inventions using combinations of movable parts, everyday objects, and independent sources of energy. Teams used objects found, donated, or purchased for less than $100 dollars in the engineering and construction of their sculptures. The competition requirements incorporate the Florida Sunshine State Standards for Science. The Orlando Science Center Kinetic Challenge is presented by The Stephen H. Goldman Foundation, Inc.



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