Important Info

Join the fun

Open to all students ages 5-14
Be Creative!

Entry Deadline

Sunday, February 28, 2021
Don't Delay!

Mail entries to

Cambridge Science Festival
MIT Museum
265 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139​

About the Challenge

Are you curious? Do you wonder how the world around you works? We want to know about your curiosity. Show us! Tell us! Join the 14th annual Curiosity Challenge!

The Challenge is a contest for 5-14 year olds that takes place every winter. Show us what you’re curious about by drawing a picture, writing an essay or poem, taking a photo, or doing something else entirely! Submit your entry with a description of your project and how it prompted you to explore the world around you.

Why are there different types of clouds? Why do we sneeze and what makes us yawn? Will we live on Mars? We want to know what YOU are curious about!

Resources & Printables


Find out all the details of the Challenge so your students can answer our question of endless possibility:
What am I curious about?


Calling all kids ages 5-14!
Share the flyer and dare students, classmates, & friends to take the Challenge.


Be sure to label your work and make sure we can read it! Print some labels by downloading them below.

Request an invite

Know a teacher or youth organization that would like to get involved? Let us know! We will send them an invitation & information.

Request a Packet

Don't have a printer? Not a problem. We will mail you everything you need to complete the Challenge, even an envelope to send us your finished entry. You supply the ideas & creativity!


Have questions? Need information? We're curious to know how we can help. Let us know!

Help Spread the Word


Winners will be celebrated in a virtual Curiosity Awards Ceremony, and have their work published in the annual Curiosity Challenge book!

All winners will receive a copy of this beautiful keepsake book. Stay tuned for dates and details!

Each year we honor a Curious Scientist and Curious Teacher as well. Past winning scientists include Kimberly Arcand, Danielle Wood, Dava Newman, and many more inspiring scientists. Recent teachers honored include Eric Prileson of Medford and Michael Robinson of Brockton.
Stay tuned to meet the 2021 winners!


No access to a printer?
Request a packet with labels, envelopes, & more

The fine print
Review the complete guidelines

Curious about past winning entries?
Check out 2020’s winning entries

Need something else?
Contact Joanne Kalell