A local chapter of the World Robot Olympiad, the first stage of the Spanish Robot Olympiad is usually held in early June in each participating region, from where the best participants are selected and invited to compete at the National level.
This subsequent competition is usually held around September, where once more the best participants will be selected to represent the country at the highest level, the World Robot Olympiad.
Competition takes place across 3 main categories, from the narrow Football championship to open-ended innovation prompts and, oftentimes, at several levels within each category.
For more information visit https://www.wroboto.es/open/
Run by one of Spain's most prominent scholarship sponsors and one of Madrid's most notable cultural entities, this summer camp 100 km north of Madrid programmes activities within the realm of sciences, technology and entrepreneurship for high-ability students.
Students across two age groups are presented with a problem to solve, and trained in STEAM and entrepreneurship methods they can apply to do so.
For the strategic-minded -- participating in this Campus could conceivbly a good first step towards eventually securing the Foundation's funding for graduate studies abroad.
For more information visit https://www.campusfrp.es/
Now in its tenth edition, the first leg of the Spanish Economics Olympiad is organised by participating universities across their catchment area, and is open to students of the Business Economics course in the Spanish national curriculum (although they may be open to considering participants from other systems).
The contest is fundamentally an examination in Economics, including knowledge tests and written commentary, with the first phase usually held around May.
The best 3 participants within each region advance to the National phase, usually held around June.
The best 5 participants nationally, in turn, are selected to participate in the International Economics Olympiad, held for the first time in September of last year.
For more information visit https://sites.google.com/site/asociacionolimpiadaeconomia/olimpiada-nacional
The municipal government of Estepona has started a new contest dedicated to young entepreuneurs in its township to favor the development of their ideas.
There are two categories: one for the Best Company Idea, restricted to high school students 16 years old and above, and another to the Best Company Project, open to participants up to 25.
Winners in this latter category are eligible to receive funding, and so are required to submit more elaborate plans, including financial analyses and viability studies. The Prize will distribute EUR 10,000 among contestants.
For more information visit http://www.injuve.es/en/convocatorias/premios/i-concurso-de-jovenes-emprendedores-ayuntamiento-estepona
The Spanish chapter of the First Lego League, the first leg of this competition happens at school -- any school wishing to participate must select its representatives from a competition between at least two teams.
Successful participants go on to compete at a Regional phase, which takes place between January and March, and again at a National one, usually held in March also.
Groups of students across three age categories build and programme autonomous robots capable of performing a number of functions within the context of a competition.
The best participants in the main category, 10-16, are invited to represent Spain in 1 of 6 global First Lego League events.
Participants of national phases throughout the world further opt to be selected as one of 20 teams worldwide (out of 30,000+) to travel to California and participate in a pitch competition.
For more information visit https://www.firstlegoleague.es/
Participa Méliès is a competition for the best video special effects, run by EduCaixa in honour of George Méliès, special-effect pioneer.
Works submitted are to be no longer than 3 minutes, with no dialogue permitted. The organisation publishes the films on the internet, and awards various recognitions, including a Junior prize for younger participants.
For more information visit www.participamelies.com
A local chapter of the International Olympiad in Informatics, the Spanish Informatics Olympiad holds two parallel qualifying rounds between February and March, through which at least 20 finalists are selected.
At both stages, candidates are given a challenge around algorithm design and given a handful hours to solve it. Languages in recent editions have included C++, Python and Java.
Distinctively, the Olympiad holds training sessions for months prior to the first tests. The best participants are invited to represent Spain at the International Philosophy Olympiad, usually held around August.
For more information, visit https://olimpiada-informatica.org/
A local chapter of the International Philosophy Olympiad, the first stage of the Spanish Philosophy Olympiad is the Regional one, which can be held as early in the school year as December.
The best participants in each region go on to the National phase, which is held around May. At both stages, candidates are given a series of prompts, to respond to in writing, photo or film form.
All candidates are invited to conform the Spanish delegation to the International Philosophy Olympiad, also usually held around May.
As an aside, the sort of writing that this contest requires may be good exercise for students unaccustomed to the format of US university applications.
For more information visit http://redfilosofia.es/olimpiada/
United World Colleges is an international group of IB schools that prides itself in bringing together 'deliberately diverse' groups of students in its schools.
As part of this effort, they offer yearly scholarships to study at a UWC up to 10 students in Spain, funding the last two years of schooling at one of 17 locations spread around 4 continents.
UWC is one of the most recognised actors in secondary education and has the goal of promoting peace, justice, tolerance and solidarity by educating responsible, politically-aware citizens of the world.
For more information visit https://www.es.uwc.org
Partnership with Telefonica and the L'Oréal foundation, aiming to bring more women into STEM fields academically and professionaly.
STEM Talent Girl provides mentoring, research, and education to young women in Spain.
For more information visit https://talent-girl.com/
A programming competition hosted by HP, one of the world's most recognisable names in hardware and software.
Originally set in the US, the competition has extended to Spain, and aims to develop interest in computer science.
Contestants tackle 30 computer science problems, with increasing levels of difficulty problems.
Programming languages are C, C++, Java, and Python.
For more information visit http://www.hpcodewarsbcn.com/instructions
Sponsored by the European Commission, EUCYS has been active since 1989 promoting the co-operation and the exchange of ideas between young scientists in Europe.
The competition is sponsored by some of the biggest names in science and tech, and gives young scientists a platform to compete on a serious level with the best of their contemporaries in Europe.
For more information visit https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/funding/funding-opportunities/eucys_en
STEM By Me, which offers multiple project opportunities for those interested in STEM, hosts multiple projects designed to motivate young learners to participate more in the sciences.
With large sponsors such as Telefonica, the project catlogue offered by STEM By Me is constantly changing, providing students with multiple opportunities to further their learning.
For more information visit https://www.stembyme.com/web/guest/inicio
Part of an initiative to promote literature and writing among teenagers across Spain, this competition challenges young writers to produce a fairytale or story for children, no longer than 8 pages in any of Spain's four official languages.
For more information visit https://mainel.org/educacion-y-sensibilizacion/premio-de-cuentos/
An initiative for the stimulus of mathematical talent run by the Royal Academy of Natural Sciences, ESTALMAT seeks to foster the talent of Spain's young mathematicians.
The organisation holds various competitions, seminars, camps, and workshops over the course of the two first years of secondary schooling.
These are designed to challenge these young learners and cement their interest in mathematics.
For more information visit http://www.estalmat.org/
Contest designed to boost young learners' interest in classical literature, organised by the Community of Madrid, the Ministry of culture and sport, and the Madrid Association of Editors.
Participants form groups of 3-6 students, and read select works of literature under the guidance of a teacher.
They then use the material to record a video, and following the guidelines of the competition, submit it for consideration.
In the video students read aloud a passage of the work they've selected, and relate it to contemporary work, ending with an argument for how they've drawn the connection between the classic and contemporary works.
For more information visit https://concurso-escolar-lectura.es/#
Universidad de Nebrija, a higher education institution focused on maximising the employability of its students, runs a yearly entrepreneurship competition for high school students.
Participating student groups, under the guidance of a teacher, will go through the whole process of designing an enterprise, while also going through a theoretical course on business functioning.
The best projects will be invited to a final phase at the University, where a winner will be announced following an Entrepreneur Fair and a pitch competition.
For more information visit https://www.nebrija.com/jovenesemprendedores/index.php
Camilo Jose Cela University, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain
Universidad Camilo José Cela, a higher education institution ascribed to leading Spanish school group SEK, runs a yearly summer course in the vein of the summer experience at US universities.
Designed for 'curious, exploring' upper-schoolers, the programme introduces students to experts in various fields including technology, architecture, health sciences and cooking.
The intention of the programme is to help students discover the possibilities of various professional pathways, as well as the scientific underpinnings of a central component of each professional pathway.
For more information visit https://www.ucjc.edu/estudio/curso-de-verano-hst/
Illustraciencia is an international competition for scientific and natural illustration. Open only to adult participants, this can be an interesting opportunity to a high schooler who has already turned 18.
It could be, however, that the competition's organisers are persuaded to exceptionally accept a submission from an underage illustrator among the 40 works they will select to form a travelling exhibition.
Illustraciencia is backed by major institutions including a governmental ministry, the national foundation for the sciences and technology (FECYT) and the National Museum of Natural Sciences.
For more information visit http://illustraciencia.info/en/
Run by CSIC, Spain's national authority on scientific research, and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), Fotciencia is an annual contest for the best science- or tech-related photography.
Restricted to adult participants, this can be an interesting opportunity to a high schooler who has already turned 18.
It could be, however, that the competition's organisers are persuaded to exceptionally accept a submission from an underage illustrator among the works selected for itinerant exhibition.
Works are divided into two categories -- Microscopic and General -- and may bear on any theme such as cellular biology, food and nutrition, materials design, medicine or environment, ecology and agriculture.
The sole requirement is that presented works bear some relation to science, which must be defended in an accompanying 500-to-1000-word introductory essay written by the photographer.
For more information visit https://www.fecyt.es/es/noticia/fecyt-y-csic-abren-el-plazo-para-participar-en-fotciencia-0