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Posted on: August 8th, 2016

Can We Use Competitions to Create Academic Heroes?

Everyone loves a good hero. We love to learn about them. We love to talk about them. We love to be like them. Nearly every story we're told in history class includes the tale of a daring hero...

Posted on: July 5th, 2016

The Importance of Net Collaborative Impact

Nearly everywhere we look, we can find competitions in our lives. We play sports from an early age. We compete for the attention of the attractive women or men nearby. We challenge our friends to...

Posted on: July 4th, 2016

Redefining “competition” in education.

In April 2014, I stepped onto the floor of the Anaheim Convention Center. The building, with a capacity of 7500, was filled to the brim with excited teenagers, parents, and their coaches. This was...

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Impact Research

Posted on: June 6th, 2018

Competition Versus Cooperation – It’s Not an Either Or Proposition

There has been an ongoing debate in the world of youth sports about the value of the participation trophy. Those in favor want to make sure that every child feels that his or her participation...

Posted on: May 27th, 2018

Educators and parents both need to know how to talk to kids when they don’t get a trophy

To many parents, sending their kids home with a trophy is the biggest reward from participating in academic competitions. They want to be able to praise their kids and see those beaming smiles on...

Posted on: April 10th, 2018

How competitions can help students train their imaginations, and change the future.

Ask any football player, and he’ll tell you that he had sat in his locker before a game and imagined himself making the big play. There isn’t a pitcher alive that hasn’t imagined himself...

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STEM

Posted on: February 11th, 2018

Big time STEM competitions are coming with the spring!

Science competitions are blowing up all across the globe. Students from nearly every nationality participate in major science competitions every spring. In 2017 over 4 million K-12 students...

Posted on: February 8th, 2018

What’s Coming up in Student Robotics for Spring 2018?

For some students, spring is when they start day dreaming about their summer break, and thinking about what to do with their time away from school. But for many of the leading robotics students,...

Posted on: January 29th, 2018

Student Competitions Have Won $100,000 in the Top Environmental Education Awards – Here’s How Yours Can too!

Article highlights: The UL Innovative Education Award with $250,000 in program support has become a prestigious recognition award for the leading environmental education programs. STEM...

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Best Practices

Posted on: April 10th, 2018

How competitions can help students train their imaginations, and change the future.

Ask any football player, and he’ll tell you that he had sat in his locker before a game and imagined himself making the big play. There isn’t a pitcher alive that hasn’t imagined himself...

Posted on: February 4th, 2018

Mind over Matter – How Close Competition Can Spur You On… Scientifically.

Article Highlights: Having a close competitor increases performance. It really is a mental game in that so long as you believe the competition is close, you'll get the boost in...

Posted on: December 19th, 2017

There is a right and wrong way to use positive thinking. Here’s how to do it right.

Promoting positive thinking is something every coach has done at least once. The purpose of doing so is simple. We think that if a player can just envision him or herself making the big play; if...

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