Contests

 

Awards & Scholarships

For more info, please contact Scott Stevenson at sstevenson@hmns.org.

Through the generosity of the Cockrell Foundation, The Houston Museum of Natural Science is proud to offer the Evelyn Frensley Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Science or Mathematics. The winners of the Excellence in Science or Mathematics Awards and Scholarships are presented at the Excellence in Science Luncheon.

2018 Student Scholarships
Two annual awards of $2,000 go to two high school juniors in the Houston area. Of special interest to the Museum review committee is a description of plans for college and future career and a description of projects or activities that demonstrate ability and interest in science or mathematics.

The deadline for all submissions April 20, 2018.

Download Student Scholarship Application.

2018 Educator Awards

In recognition of the fine educators of Houston we also offer the Wilhelmina C. Robertson Excellence in Science or Mathematics Teaching Award. This award of $2,000 will go to one K-5th grade science or math teacher and one 6th-12th grade science or math teacher who demonstrate significant ability and dedication to teaching in either discipline in the Houston area.

The deadline for all submissions September 24, 2018.

Download Teacher Award Application.

The winners of the 2017 Evelyn Frensley Scholarships for Outstanding Achievement in Science or Mathematics are:

Jasmine Huang
Bellaire High School, HISD

Joseph Hlavinka
St. John’s School, Houston

The winners of the 2017 Wilhelmina C. Robertson Excellence in Science or Mathematics Teaching Awards are:

Shana Steinhardt
Garden Oaks Montessori, HISD

Richard Embrick
David Crockett Middle School, FBISD

2018 Engineer Girl Writing Contest

Engineering for Your Community

Go here for the official page

To enter the contest:

Look around your community for the different systems in each of the categories listed above. Choose one system and do some research on how it works where you live.  (It’s a big list to choose from, so find something that really interests you.)

Find one aspect or part of the system that can be improved and:

  • Describe all the things that this part of the system needs to do and the things that might make it difficult to change, such as cost or space.
  • Think of at least two engineering solutions that could improve that aspect of the system.
  • Research those solutions. (Has someone else tried this solution? What worked well, and how could it be improved?)
  • Choose the solution that you think would work best for your community.

Did you know? By working through these steps, you are using key elements of engineering design to solve a problem.  This will help you understand and write about your solution.

Elementary School Students (grades 3-5); Submissions must be 400 to 700 words.

Write a letter to your city or county council that describes the need for the improvement in your community infrastructure and the preferred solution from your research. Include a brief description of the challenges you identified and how you think engineers might address them.

Middle School Students in (grades 6-8); Submissions must be 600 to 1100 words.

Write a persuasive essay to present to your city or county council that makes the case for an infrastructure improvement in your community and your chosen solution to the problem. Be sure to fully define the problem and address the challenges engineers might face in implementing the improvements.

High School Students (grades 9-12); Submissions must be 1000 to 1500 words.

Write a summary report for your city or county council that makes the case for an infrastructure improvement in your community and your chosen solution to the problem. Fully define the problem and describe your solution in detail, including how and why it should be implemented.  Explain what has already been tried or is already known about this type of solution and what would be new or innovative in your community.  Describe how you will test or anticipate failure for any new innovations to minimize risk.

Submit your essay via the
Online Submission Form
by February 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.