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November 15, 2011 > It's time to enter the DuPont Challenge

It's time to enter the DuPont Challenge

Submitted By Tara C. Stewart

The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition is seeking entries starting November 15. Now in its 25th year, the contest was created to honor the memory of the heroes of the 1986 Challenger space shuttle, and is true to the flight's educational mission - to "touch the future." The competition also celebrates 25 years of inspiring students to excel and achieve in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

"Education is crucial to the future of American competitiveness. We must keep America at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technological innovation. To achieve this, we need to inspire students and teachers to share in our excitement for the possibilities innovation can bring to our growing population by encouraging the pursuit of careers in science, engineering and related fields," said DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman. "The DuPont Challenge provides an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity and advance their contributions to a better society through scientific discovery, invention and innovation."

All students in grades 7-12 across the United States and Canada may submit their essay entries from November 15 to January 31, 2012. Essays are evaluated in two divisions: Junior Division (grades 7, 8, and 9) and Senior Division (grades 10, 11, and 12). More than $100,000 in prizes will be awarded. The top three winners in each division plus a parent and their sponsoring science teacher receive an expenses-paid trip to The Walt Disney World(r) Resort and Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Fla., in addition to savings bonds for the winning students and grants for their sponsoring teachers.

For the 2012 competition year, Britannica Digital Learning, a division of Encyclopaedia Britannica, has been added as a new sponsor. They will be providing a selection of its high-quality interactive products as prizes for the winning students and their schools, as well as for students earning Honorable Mention.

To obtain information on entry requirements and rules and regulations, as well as awards and prizes for all levels, students and teachers should visit

As additional inspiration for this year's competition, The DuPont Challenge has assembled collectible trading cards featuring 25 "STEM Women All-Stars," female scientists who have made significant STEM contributions to our lives.

The 2012 DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition is sponsored by DuPont in collaboration with NBC Learn, Britannica Digital Learning, The Walt Disney World(r) Resort, NASA, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and A+ Media. For more information, visit

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