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Posted on: June 27th, 2019

Academic Decathlon High School Dominance

In many academic competitions we have seen domination at the top level by a small group of schools. Recently we’ve been analyzing the national awards for some of the biggest academic...

Posted on: June 19th, 2019

Two decades of the Most Powerful Science Olympiad High Schools

Science competitions take many forms. From the research fair to the quizbowl, these competitions highlight many different skills across scientific disciplines. For the past 35 years, Science...

Posted on: June 12th, 2019

Is there a new FPS GIPS Power Rankings Leader?

After the 2017 Future Problem Solving (FPS) International Conference, we conducted an analysis of the Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) competition. In this, we found that overall, Kentucky had...

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Impact Research

Posted on: May 10th, 2019

These high schools are leading the pack in predicting the future!

After its first two years, the race is heating up in crowning the country’s young actuarial champions. Actuaries are at the front lines of major business decisions analyzing data to help project...

Posted on: March 8th, 2019

The difference between student rewards and student competitions – what to use and what to steer clear of.

Several times a month we receive questions about the benefits of student competitions. Concerned parents want to know, "should my daughter get involved in the competitive world where boys dominate?"...

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...

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STEM

Posted on: June 19th, 2019

Two decades of the Most Powerful Science Olympiad High Schools

Science competitions take many forms. From the research fair to the quizbowl, these competitions highlight many different skills across scientific disciplines. For the past 35 years, Science...

Posted on: May 20th, 2019

Has the new TARC Champion changed the power rankings in student rocketry?

With nearly 5,000 students competing in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) in 2019, it is certainly not an easy feat to make it to the national finals, let alone make it into the top 10...

Posted on: May 18th, 2019

CyberPatriot dominance & dynasties: analyzing the teams to beat from the 2019 power rankings!

In April 2019, the Air Force Association’s 11th annual CyberPatriot National Youth Education Program crowned its champions from a whopping 6,387 teams (5,144 high school and 1,243 middle school...

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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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