Dupont Challenge Winning Essays 2014

The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition encouraged students in Grades 6-12 to get to the edge of scientific discovery by writing about a technological or scientific development on the topics of food, energy, protection or innovation. Essays were submitted until 2/5/16 and winners were announced in April 2016. Grand prize winners receive cash awards plus expenses-paid trips to Orlando! Many past winners have come from the Science Olympiad family. The last year of the DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition for all grades was 2016.

DuPont and Science Olympiad have enjoyed a lasting 30+ year partnership in pursuit of increasing student and teacher interest in science education, with DuPont hosting the 2002 and 2008 Science Olympiad National Tournaments at The University of Delaware and The George Washington University in Washington, DC. At the 2014 DuPont Excellence in Teaching, Partnerships and Engineering Dinner in Boston, DuPont executives PJ Simon and Peggy Vavalla presented Dr. Gerard and Sharon Putz of Science Olympiad with a special award for 30 Years of Partnership. DuPont and DuPont Pioneer continue to support Science Olympiad events like Cell Biology, Bio-Process Lab and Green Generation that expand student understanding of biotechnology, ecology and agricultural science.

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Effective immediately, The DuPont Challenge Science Writing Competition is discontinued.

For the last 30 years, DuPont has been the proud sponsor of the nation's premiere science writing competition validated by the participation of more than 250,000 students across the United States and Canada.  The DuPont Challenge was created to honor the crew of  Challenger Space Shuttle and all who endeavor  to "Touch The Future" by pursuing science excellence.

DuPont is also very grateful for the support that thousands of science teachers have given The DuPont Challenge over the years.  In fact, the success of The DuPont Challenge has been due in large part to the commitment of the entire science education community.  We give special thanks to our partners at the National Science Teachers Association, Encyclopedia Britannica,, and A+ Media.  The prizes and awards for the 2015-2016 awards will be fulfilled and our winning teachers will be recognized at the 2017 NSTA conference in Los Angeles.

DuPont will leverage its investments in students and teachers through other science competitions and increase our partnerships with international science education organizations.  

As we sunset this program, we remember the sacrifice of the Challenger Crew and their families in the "Forever Remembered" pamphlet.

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