Kids Competitions

Here are a list of extra-curricular challenge competitions that school kids can participate in. Every child in our peninsula area should be encouraged by parents & teachers to build a portfolio of complementary skills that would be of use in the real world. Participation in programs such as the ones listed below will not only help build such skills but the competitiveness will inspire innovation and build character in them.

FC Balagokulam program strongly encourages all children in the neighborhood to participate in these activities. If you are interested, here are your choices:

(a) Let us know if your child would like to participate in a team ... we'll match them with like minded kids / coaches
(b) Parents may volunteer to be a coach for a team in a program of your liking
(c) Let us know of other such programs that we can add to this page

If you live in or around Foster City, CA, feel free to email us at and let us know if you are interested in one or more of the options above. 

 North South Foundation

Ages: 1st thru 12th grades

Description: NSF conducts educational contests in the US that are designed to encourage excellence among the Indian American children and prepare them to enter into better colleges. Over the years, NSF children have demonstrated superior academic performance and many have managed to enter into the top ranking schools such as Harvard, MIT and Stanford. Some of the NSF children have achieved top ranks in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, MATHCOUNTS and National Geographic Bee.

First Lego League

Ages: 6 to 18 yr old (See age range by specific competition below)

Description: Powerful program that engages children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology through the FIRST experience. Over 140,000 children in 56 countries are currently active in FLL. Following competitions are offered as part of this program:
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for 14 to 18 year-olds
FLL for 9 to 16 year-olds (9 to 14 in the U.S. and Canada)
Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) for 6 to 9 year-olds.

  The Scripps National Spelling Bee

Ages: 14 and under

Description: Purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. Enrollment for hosting a local spelling bee at your school can be done in Fall (usually between August and October). During the fall and winter, schools conduct spelling bee programs at the classroom, grade, and/or school level, and send their spelling champions to the next level of competition as designated by their local spelling bee sponsors.

 The Tech Challenge

Ages: 5th Grade thru 12th Grade

Description: The Tech Challenge is an annual team design challenge for youth in grades 5 through 12. A signature program of The Tech Museum, the challenge introduces and reinforces the scientific process with a hands-on project geared to solve a real-world problem. All this, and it's fun!

 Odyssey of the mind

Ages: K thru 12 (& college)

Description: International educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

National Geographic Bee

Ages: 4th thru 8th grades

Description: Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.

   Intel Science Talent Search

Ages: High School Seniors

Description: The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is America’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse and since 1998 with Intel, SSP has provided a national stage for America’s best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists. The Intel STS encourages talented U.S. high school seniors to pursue independent research in science, math, engineering, and medicine. Seven alumni of the program—the nation’s oldest and most highly regarded pre-college science contest—have been selected as Nobel Laureates

  Math League

Ages: 4th Grade thru High School

Description: The Math League is dedicated to bringing challenging mathematics materials to students. League specialties include math contests, books, and computer software designed to stimulate interest and confidence in mathematics for students from the 4th grade through high school. Over 1 million students participate in Math League contests each year. Contest questions are designed to cover a range of mathematical knowledge for each grade level. Questions on the contests never require any mathematics beyond the grade level tested. They're fun too!

  Math Olympiads

Ages: 4th Grade thru 8th Grade

Your school's math club meets weekly for an hour. Club members explore a topic or strategy in depth, using Creative Problem Solving in School Mathematics (or other sources), or they practice for the contests, using nonroutine problems from both Math Olympiad Contest Problems Volume 2 or Mathematical Olympiads Contest Problems for Elementary and Middle Schools (or other sources).
The highlights for students are the five monthly contests, given from November to March. No traveling is required.  These contests provide an incentive for students to intensify their study of math.

Math Kangaroo

Ages: 1st Grade thru 12th Grade

Description: Math Kangaroo is a popular international not-selective competition in mathematics for students in grades 1 through 12.  The competition takes the form of a multiple choice test.  Each participant is seen as a winner and receives recognition and gifts on the test day in March.  Those who achieve the top results are awarded in May.  The atmosphere of appreciation for the students' learning and the fun in each competition room across USA are the reasons why participants return year after year and bring their siblings and friends along.  Math Kangaroo helps the students both to develop their skills and to enjoy mathematics even more.


Ages: 6th Grade thru 8th Grade

Description: The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program provides the extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve more in mathematics.  Consisting of fun and creative problems, the MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components.  Though challenging and non-routine, the competition problems focus on the 6th through 8th grade standards of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics.

American Mathematics Competitions

Ages: 8th Grade thru 12th Grade (younger kids can participate as well)

Description: The AMC tests are available worldwide and are a big part of shared experience of young math-interested people around the world. AMC 8, AMC10 & AMC12 respectively are competitions at the 8th, 10th and 12th grade level though kids as young as 8 have participated. Approximately the top 1% of AMC 10 students and top 5% of AMC 12 students are invited to take the American Invitation Mathematics Examination (AIME). The top 270 students on the AIME + AMC 12 are then invited to take the United States of America Mathematics Olympiad (USAMO). The top 230 students on the AIME + AMC 10 are then invited to take the USAJMO. Taking it a step farther, the top 12 students named USAMO winners take the Team Selection Test (TST) to determine the 6 member United States International Mathematics Olympiad team.

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