Student Activities and Special Events

Students can always find something new and fun to try, thanks to a varied calendar of special school club events throughout the school year. These opportunities offer enjoyable ways to test skills, demonstrate creativity, explore the world, and spark curiosity.

Monthly Special Events

24-Game Challenge

Club members meet, compete, and learn as they solve challenging mathematical problems in the virtual classroom.

Cultural Cuisine

Students learn about cuisines and cultures from around the globe in special LiveLesson® sessions. Students are encouraged to submit and share recipes of their own that align with the featured culture.

DimensionU® Tournaments

Using fun multiplayer video games, students compete online in lively tournaments with opportunities to win prizes as they practice math skills.

Geography Bee

Young geography whiz kids test their knowledge by answering trivia questions about the featured continent.

Leadership Speaker Series

Students in grades 6–12 hear from leaders in a number of professional fields, including healthcare, marketing, fashion production, and finance.

Sky Gazers

Students from all grades gather monthly in LiveLesson sessions to discuss constellations, planets, the galaxy, and beyond. Students are encouraged to learn more about astronomy by creating presentations and projects based on aspects of space they’d like to learn more about.

Spelling Bee

Students show off their spelling skills by competing in old-fashioned spelling bees using modern technology. Participants are grouped based on spelling levels. They enjoy opportunities to win prizes and to compete in an end-of-year tournament.

Annual Special School Events

Animation Challenge

Students in all grades create their own animations using ABCya! Animate or Microsoft® Movie Maker.

Bio-Blitz Challenge

Join students of all ages from around the country to identify different species from the natural world! In this virtual bio-blitz, Connections Academy students will submit the different animal and plant species they see in their neighborhoods.

Computer Coding Challenge

Students in grades 6–12 work to solve a worldwide energy crisis by programming microorganisms (MICRORGs) that extract energy from various waste by-products.


Students design buildings in one of several categories for inclusion in the eBook Sensational Structures.


Each Valentine’s Day, students nationwide get creative and crafty to cheer up children with health problems. They send handmade greeting cards to the Connections Academy headquarters. From there, cards are distributed to hospitalized kids in the Baltimore area.

Fashion Design Challenge

Students submit original fashion designs in several creative categories. Entries are then shared in one spectacular LiveLesson session.

Music Contest

Original music is submitted and shared during the duration of this contest. Students have the opportunity to vote for their favorite song in each category.

Photography Contest

In this popular contest, talented photographers in all grades submit their favorite color, black-and-white, or digitally enhanced images to compete. Contest winners are selected from each category for the elementary, middle, and high school levels and are announced in the newsletter!

Reading Contest

During December and January, students are challenged to read, read, read—and to see who can log the most reading hours. Top readers for elementary, middle, and high school in each state win prizes for their voracious reading and are then announced in the newsletter.

Virtual Art Gallery

Students in all grade levels submit original artwork in a number of genres. The accepted art forms are sketches, drawings, paintings, digital art, and sculpture.

Virtual Talent Show

Talented young performers compete by submitting their best entertainment videos in the categories of song, dramatic reading, dance routine, or art presentation. Prizewinners will have their performances posted in the Virtual Library and announced in the newsletter.