National City STEAM

Youth Artwork Competition: Call for Entries

Create artwork inspired by the STEAM category for your grade level and you could win $100 in a savings account for college! Selected artwork will become part of the poster for National City’s first annual 16 Weeks of STEAM.

Examples of artwork can be a digital painting, photography, a photo of your mixed-media collage or a drawing, etc.

Deadline for Entries: December 2nd, 2020


Entry Submission Requirements:

  • Digital artwork or photograph/scan of physical artwork
  • Up to 2mb file size
  • Student must live in National City
  • Winners will be notified on December 7th

Here are the categories:

  • TK-3rd Grade artwork must focus on the Hydrosphere
  • 4th-6th Grade artwork must focus on the Geosphere
  • 7th-8th Grade artwork must focus on the Atmosphere
  • 9th-12th Grade artwork must focus on the Biosphere

But, what are the 16 Weeks of STEAM?

National City’s 16 Weeks of STEAM initiative is designed to offer families
enrichment opportunities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) with a special emphasis on conservation. ARTS has partnered with National School District, the San Diego STEM Ecosystem, the National City Library and other businesses and organizations to provide a variety of resources, activities and fun challenges that provide families with an awareness of our city’s natural resources and ways to preserve them for future generations.

The 16 Weeks of STEAM will take place between February and May 2021. Each month will focus on one of four STEAM areas:


Seeking artwork from youth in grades TK-3rd in any medium that best reflects how water systems are connected.

The hydrosphere includes all the waters on the earth’s surface, such as lakes and seas, and sometimes including water over the earth’s surface, such as clouds. Here are some examples:

  • Water Cycle – the process by which water on the earth evaporates, then condenses in the atmosphere, and then returns to earth in the form of precipitation. Rain and snow are forms of precipitation and are part of the water cycle.
  • River – a large natural stream of water flowing in a particular course toward a lake, ocean, or other body of water.
  • Ocean – the vast body of salt water covering about three-quarters of the earth’s surface.
  • Water Pollution – poisons, wastes, or other materials that get into our water systems and pollute our hydrosphere.


Seeking artwork from youth in grades 4th-6th in any medium that best reflects how earth systems are connected.

A tiny seed is fascinating! It comes in different shapes and sizes and it even transforms during germination. The geosphere is what we call earth’s systems. Here are some examples:

  • How seeds magically grow into plants, including leaves, a stem, and roots. Plants grows leaves that can make food.


Seeking artwork from youth in grades 7th-8th in any medium that best reflects how atmospheric systems are connected.

The atmosphere refers to the envelope surrounding the Earth. Without the atmosphere, there would be no life on Earth! Here are some examples:

  • Atmosphere: The envelope of gasses surrounding the Earth.
  • Troposphere: The lowest region of the atmosphere, extending from the Earth’s surface to a height of about 3.7-6.2 miles.
  • Weather: The state of the atmosphere at a place and time. This could include heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.
  • Barometer: An instrument used to measure atmospheric pressure. Especially important for weather forecasting and determining altitude.
  • Flight: The action or process of flying through the air.
  • Gravity: The force that attracts the body toward the center of the Earth, or any other physical body having mass.
  • Air Pressure Themes.
  • Weather & Cloud Themes.
  • Flight Themes.
  • Air Pollution Themes.


Seeking artwork from youth in grades 9th-12th in any medium that best reflects how the biosphere is interconnected.

Deadline for Entries: December 2nd, 2020


National City’s 16 Weeks of STEAM naturally connect with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals are the National School District’s primary focus.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

If you have questions about the artwork call for entries, please contact: