Social Science Activities


Model U.S. Senate
| Grades 9-12
MUSS is a unique simulation of the American congressional process in the United States Senate. High school students are assigned to play the roles of senators and other senior members of government.

Registration Fee: 340 € covers the cost of lodging, meals and materials.






Creative Thinking


Culinary Arts Championships


| Grades 10-12
Each high school with a Culinary Arts Program will follow the Competition Rules provided by ProStart, the adopted DoDEA Culinary Curriculum. Teams consisting of 4 students and 1 alternate will demonstrate their culinary knowledge, skills, and creative abilities necessary to obtain employment in the hospitality industry. A school team will work together to create and present a meal consisting of a starter, entrée (including a provided protein, vegetable and starch) and dessert. Teams may prepare by working with industry mentors to formulate a menu and select at least two cooking methods. Teams will compete in knife skills and quiz bowl and students may participate in individual events such as napkin folding, cake decorating, and apple carving. A fine dining experience is also planned.

Registration Fee: 150 -180 € will be charged per student to include most meals and lodging. Transportation will be provided by DoDEA.






Leadership Activities


International Student Leadership Institute
| Grades 10-11
This activity brings together students from European and DoDEA high schools to discuss and practice methods associated with leadership skills. ISLI is held at the Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler Youth Hostel, in Germany. Organized and run by a Board of Directors composed of German, Dutch, Czech, and American teachers and students. Host nation corporations, European schools, and DoDEA Europe sponsor this activity.

Student cost: 215 € covers lodging, meals and materials.
Junior Leadership Seminar
| Grade 7

Junior Leadership Seminar is a 6-day event designed to identify and develop leadership skills for use in school. JLS will be held in Oberwesel, Germany.

Student registration: 200 € covers lodging, meals, and material expenses.
Educators Rising
| Grades 9-12FEA Logo 
Educators Rising is for students who are interested in a career in education. Leading educators from DoDEA Europe and the United States present teaching and learning strategies in a seminar setting. The European Educators Rising conference will be held at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany.

Student registration: $315.00 covers lodging, meals and materials.


Math and Sciences


| Grades 9-11

STEMposium is a weeklong experience in problem-solving and engineering. The event is designed to introduce selected DoDEA-Europe students to a real-world engineering scenario which requires the application of science, technology and math. Content area experts will present information, mentor and provide hands-on, practical experiences targeted at solving a multi-faceted, relevant and dynamic problem. The goal of the STEMposium is to use practicing researchers, scientists and engineers to model Century 21 Skills such as team dynamics, adaptability, problem-solving, complex communications, systems thinking and self-management/self-direction. Click here to see 2012 STEMposium highlights.
Registration Fee: 250 €  covering food, lodging, supplies and equipment. Transportation will be provided by DoDEA Europe.
Math Counts
| Grades 6-8
At the school level, students are coached in problem solving and math skills for this national program. Students will compete at the School, Chapter, and State levels, with State finalists advancing to Nationals.

Registration Fee: DoDEA Europe pays the registration fee for every DoDEA Europe school to compete. State qualifiers are responsible for their lodging and meal expenses at the State Competition.
Junior Science & Humanities Symposium
| Grades 9-12
JSHS is for students who are interested in STEM: science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Students work on original research projects at their schools and then compete in the DoDEA Europe Regional for scholarships and awards. The 50th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be held in the Washington, D.C. area. European Regional JSHS >
Registration Fee: $100 covers lodging and meals.
Future Business Leaders of America
| Grades 7-12
FBLA students strive to develop personal and professional skills that can be utilized as career supportive competencies. The Spring Leadership Conference in Garmisch, Germany, features seminars on public speaking, leadership techniques, organizational skills, education/career guidance and competitions ranging from audio visual presentations to web design. At the event local chapters elect the new State FBLA Officers and prepare for the summer FBLA National Conference. Attendance at the Spring Leadership Conference is highly recommended for aspiring Local and State Officer Candidates.

Registration Fee: $275.00 covers meals, lodging, and materials.






JROTC Drill Competition
| Grades 9-12

The cadets compete in two general categories of Regulation Drill and Exhibition Drill with judging in 7 different events. There are no registration fees for these events. Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps , or JROTC, is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. It prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation.

Registration Fee: None

The programs of three services, Army, Air Force and Navy, are offered at 25 high schools in DoDEA Europe. Breakdown by service follows:

  • Ansbach
  • Baumholder
  • Hohenfels
  • Stuttgart
  • Vicenza
  • Vilseck
  • Wiesbaden
  • Alconbury
  • Aviano
  • Bitburg
  • Kaiserslautern
  • Lakenheath
  • Ramstein
  • Naples
  • Rota
  • Sigonella

Please contact your school's front office for more information.