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Academic Competition Clubs

Registration dates vary by academic competition. Notifications regarding registration will be sent via Lion's Tale and text when they become available.

Destination Imagination
Grades 3-8

NDES participates in the Destination Imagination tournament. At the tournament, Destination Imagination teams will solve two types of Challenges: Team Challenges and Instant Challenges. Teams will perform their Challenge solutions to a group of Appraisers. Destination Imagination Appraisers are local volunteers who have been trained to assess the Challenges. At a tournament, a team will receive an Instant Challenge and the materials with which to solve it. The team members must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution in a period of just 5 to 8 minutes.

Geography Bee
Grades 4-8

NDES participates in the National Geographic Bee. Students in grades 4 through 8 are given preliminary tests throughout the fall semester to determine which two students from each grade will participate in the School-wide Bee. The two student with the highest score per grade level are chosen and they compete in January to determine who will represent the school at the state level.

Grades 5-8

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Math Competitions and Clubs

Grades 5-8
NDES participates in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics Tournament (GCCTM)  to stimulate interest in mathematics among middle-school students. Students who enjoy a mathematical challenge will find a broader field of competition, a chance to apply their knowledge, and a chance to meet other students with similar interests.
The tournament is held in the winter. At the tournament students will work in teams on four events, solving challenging problems.

Registration begins in late fall. Students that qualify based on a test will meet once a week after school to prepare for the Tournament.

Math 24

Grade 6
NDES participates in Math 24. Students The club focuses on the essence of number patterns to reinforce critical thinking problem-solving skills. Students are given 4 numbers and have to find the connection between four numbers using basic math operations-- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
The tournament is held in the winter at NDES.

Registration begins in late fall. Students that qualify based on a test will meet once a week after school to prepare for the Tournament.

Power of the Pen

Grades 7-8
Power of the Pen is an interscholastic creative writing program for middle school students.  NDES Power of the Pen team consists of 7th and 8th-grade qualifying writers who participate as a team in a series of writing competitions in which they are given a prompt that they must base an essay or short story within 40 minutes. After the allotted time, each story is given to the coach, who evaluates the writing and chooses students who they think are best for the team based on their writing skills.
Power of the Pen meets in late fall to prepare for the regional and state tournaments that begin in winter and end in the spring.

Quiz Bowl
Grades 7-8 Challenge Students

Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl Competition consists of 300 questions in the areas of science, social studies. Students from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri compete in this event each fall.

Science Fair
Grades 6-8 required
Grades 1-5 voluntary

The NDES Science Fair started in 1997, is an opportunity for students to apply the scientific method to conduct independent research. The results of each student's research is presented at our Annual Science Fair held in January.

The Science Fair for students in grades 6-8 participation is required and part of the curriculum, where as students in grades 1-5, it is voluntary.

Preparation for the science fair begins early in the fall with the selection of a topic using the scientific method. All projects are put on display and judged the night of the NDES Science Fair. Students who qualify will advance to compete in regional, state, national science fairs.

Science Olympiad

Grades 6-8
Science Olympiad is a competition for students in grades 6-8.  Students form small teams that compete in 23 different events. The events cut across the scientific disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, inquiry and earth space science. Students prepare for local and regional tournaments that lead to competition at the state and national level. Tournaments begin in November.
For over 30 years, Science Olympiad has been North America’s most prestigious team science and technology competition. Ohio has been part of the National Science Olympiad program since its inception, and state participation ranks in the top seven of the 50 states currently involved in this program. Ohio Science Olympiad is dedicated to improving the interest of all students in the ever-changing world of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 
Registration begins in September, and there is no fee to participate. The Science Olympiad team meets once a week after school.

Grades 4-8

NDES participates in the annual spelling bee which is part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The school tournament begins in January and the winner advances to local Spelling Bees at the county, regional and state levels that may lead to competition at the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington D.C.
Participation in the school bee is voluntary.  Registration begins late fall and a word list is provided to all Spelling Bee participants.

Student Ideas for a Better America

NDES participates in Student Ideas for a Better America (SIBA) contest to encourage students to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by creating an invention that will make life better in America. All students submit a paragraph and a scientific drawing of their inventions.