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Academic Competitions

Sapient offers private coaching for group and individual STEM, business, and English competitions.

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The world's top entrepreneurship competition for high school students. Students pitch their idea to virtual judges, developing entrepreneurial skills such as speaking, presenting, and much more.

Students envision new technology 10+ years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research. Students will obtain experience with all aspects of scientific research and writing. Winners have the opportunity to go to Washington, DC.

Students will pitch an idea or product to experienced businesspeople. Students will obtain experience with presenting information, speaking, and research.

 Students will use math and modeling to come up with a solution to a real world problem. The question is open ended and encourages problem-solving and information gathering.

  • Category: Math, optional coding

  • Deadline: 3/1/21

  • Size: 3 – 5 students

  • Grade: 11 – 12

  • Estimated prep time: 15 hours

  • Fee: TBA

Students identify a problem in the community and use scientific principles and engineering design to come up with a solution. Students will submit a virtual folder that will contain pictures, diagrams, spreadsheets, answers to questions, and more.

  • Category: STEM

  • Deadline: 3/3/21

  • Size: 3 – 4 students

  • Grade: 6 – 9

  • Estimated prep time: 20 hours

  • Fee: TBA

Students will examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics.

  • Category: STEM/Writing

  • Deadline: 3/3/21

  • Size: Individual

  • Grade: 9 – 12

  • Estimated prep time: 6 hours

  • Fee: TBA

Students will write on the theme of nature in any prose form of their choice.

Students will write a work of fiction or nonfiction in a category (or categories) of their choice such as short story, poetry, journalism, sci-fi/fantasy, personal essay, or memoir.

Students will describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917.

Students will write a poem or a story about wishes coming true, wishes going wrong, or a description of a character who grants wishes.

  • Category: Fiction/Poetry

  • Deadline: 1/30/21

  • Size: Individual

  • Age: 5 – 10, 11 – 14, 15 – 18

  • Estimated prep time: 5 hours

  • Fee: $475

Students will write one or several works in three out of the four genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama/screenplay, as well as explain the process for and significance of their project.

  • Category: Fiction/Nonfiction

  • Deadline: 2/10/21

  • Size: Individual

  • Grade: 9 – 12

  • Estimated prep time: 25 hours

  • Fee: TBA

Students applying to OSCA's Creative Writing Conservatory will write 15-20 pages of fiction, poetry, or screenplay.

  • Category: Fiction/Poetry Application

  • Deadline: 1/5/21

  • Size: Individual

  • Estimated prep time: 15 hours

  • Fee: TBA

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