Student Outreach


2016 Drawing Contest

Thank you for everyone’s participation in NAYGN’s Annual Drawing Contest for 4th and/or 5th graders. The deadline for the drawing contest was March 3, 2017, and the drawings will be displayed, voted on and chosen online through public voting on the NAYGN website in May. 

The library of each winner’s school will receive a collection of books and reference materials on nuclear science and technology with the name of the winning student inside the cover, honoring their accomplishment.

The top three finalists will each receive an NAYGN T-shirt, a science kit, an award certificate, and an honorary membership in NAYGN. The first place finisher will also receive a book collection of his/her own.

Students whose drawings are selected for display on the NAYGN website will be asked to fill out this parental waiver form (form).

Local Chapter Leads can find more information here (including submission instructions).


2016 Essay Contest

Thank you for everyone’s participation in NAYGN’s first Essay Contest for high school students.  All essays received by Friday, March 17, 2017, will be graded by May 2017.

The prize for first place is a laptop (Lenovo Yoga 900 or comparable). The prize for second place is a Chromebook.

The top three finalists will each receive science books, the board game Power Grid, and a copy of the documentary Pandora’s Promise.


Essay Prompt:  Research energy sources and climate change.  Propose an informed energy solution that curbs climate change, allows developed countries to maintain their standard of living, and can provide reliable electricity to the 1.2 billion people currently without access to power.  Proposed energy solution should consider the environmental and practical benefits and consequences of baseload (e.g. nuclear, fossil, hydro) versus intermittent sources (e.g. wind or solar).


2016 College Video Contest

NAYGN and ANS invited students to submit a 3-5 minutes long video and write a brief report detailing how the video serves as a nuclear advocacy tool for the Nuclear Engineering Student Advocacy and Awareness Competition.    A first, second, and third place prize of $500, $250, and $150 respectively, was awarded based on judging.  Below is the winning video submission.