ENGINEERING CORNER

Engineering Competitions

Below is a calendar of national science and engineering competitions to engage your students - especially girls! - in as part of your programming.

Month to register

Name and website

Eligibility

April- July

Zero Robotics for High School

It is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Station. The competition starts online, on this website, where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Participants can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut will conduct the championship competition in microgravity with a live broadcast!

9-12th grades

May-September

Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

The competition recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research.

9-12th grades

June

FIRST® Tech Challenge

FTC is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams.

7-12th grades

June

National Engineers Week Future City Competition

The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ 4 Deluxe software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges.

6, 7, 8th grades

June

Broadcom MASTERS

The national science, technology, engineering, and math competition for U.S. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public, inspires and encourages the nation's young scientists, engineers and innovators.

6, 7, 8th grades

July

eCYBERMISSION

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition free for students in grades six through nine where teams can compete for State, Regional and National Awards while working to solve problems in their community.

6-9th grades

August

FIRST® LEGO® League

FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers.  During NATURE’S FURY teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.  They will also choose and solve a real­world problem in the Project.

Ages 9-16

August

Envirothon

Winning teams from participating states and Canadian provinces compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.  The competition is centered on four universal testing categories (i.e., soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife) and a current environmental issue.

9-12th grades

August

Junior FIRST® LEGO® League

Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages 6-9, it is a hands-on program designed to capture young children's inherent curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them.

Ages 6-9

August

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision

The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision science competition encourages K – 12 students to imagine what technology might be like in the future. ExploraVision helps teacher sponsors meet many of the National Science Education Standards while letting students experience scientific process and discovery in an engaging, hands-on way. Let’s empower the next generation of inventors, scientists and leaders.

K-12th grades

September

(depends on region)

SECME National Student Competition

Each year SECME identifies STEM activities to improve student performance and outcomes in the form of competitions with a special emphasis on engineering design concepts. These activities are built into SECME programs throughout the school year culminating in Local, Regional and National Competitions. Regional Competitions are coordinated and sponsored primarily by SECME member universities who work directly with one or more school systems in their state or region.

K-12th grades

September

Intel Science Talent Search

It is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse and beginning in 1998 with Intel, SSP has provided a national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.

12th grade only

September

(depends on region)

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

The world's largest international pre-college science competition, provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for more than $3 million annually.  Must win an affiliated fair prior to the international fair.

9-12th grades

September

Team America Rocketry Challenge

An extra-curricular hands-on project-based learning program, the TARC competition is modeled around the aerospace industry’s design, fabrication and testing processes.  All students participate in a team of 3-10 students to design, build, and fly a rocket. Like aerospace companies work within specific design parameters, every year the challenge requires teams to achieve the same basic mission-oriented goals of hitting a precise altitude, landing within a specific flight time window, and returning a raw egg (”the astronaut”) without cracking.

7-12th grades

September

(depends on region)

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

SHS is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.

9-12th grades

September

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12 students. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet.

K-12th grades

October

Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Challenge

Teens are invited to “Get Your Genius On” in the Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge. The annual program is a multi-phase, business and technical plan competition, free and open to students ages 13 - 18 from around the world.

Ages 13-18

October

International Chemistry Olympiad

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad and the International Chemistry Olympiad are multi-tiered competitions that bring together the world’s most talented high school students to test their knowledge and skills in chemistry.

9-12th grades

October

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams

The InvenTeam initiative is designed to excite high school students about invention; empower students to problem solve; and encourage an inventive culture in schools and communities.

9-12th grades

October

National Science Bowl

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students' knowledge in all areas of science. High school and middle school students are quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy.

6-12th grades

October

Real World Design Challenge

It is an annual competition that provides students the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student teams will be asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation's leading industries. Students will utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and will also generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions.

9-12th grades

October

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad comes in many shapes and sizes to fit all your needs. At the K-6 level, try an Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) program, which can come in the form of a competitive tournament, a hands-on science Fun Day or an expert-filled Science Olympiad Fun Night. In grades 6-12, Science Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year.

K-12th grades

October

Verizon Innovative App Challenge

The App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to use their STEM knowledge, their ingenuity, and their creativity to come up with an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community.

6-12th grades

November

DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition

The DuPont Challenge calls on students to research, think critically, and write a science essay that provides innovative ideas on our most pressing global challenges, or demonstrates the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to our daily lives.

7-12th grades

December

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation's premier science competition for students in grades 5-8. Students have the opportunity to win amazing cash prizes and once-in-a-lifetime trips.

5-8th grades

December

Young Naturalist Award

The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science competition for students to promote participation and communication in science.

7-12th grades

December

International BioGENEius Challenge

It provides high school students the opportunity to compete and be recognized for outstanding research in biotechnology.  Participants design an original independent biotech research project that is judged by an expert panel.

9-12th grades

January

Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Contest

The contest will provide students with an opportunity: to learn about engineering through a realistic, hands-on problem-solving experience; learn about the engineering design process; learn about truss bridges and how they work; and learn how engineers use the computer as a problem-solving tool.

Age 13 through grade 12

January

Zero Robotics for Middle School

It is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Station. The competition starts online, on this website, where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Participants can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut will conduct the championship competition in microgravity with a live broadcast!

6, 7, 8th grades

January

Google Science Fair

It's an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.  Google believes that universal access to technology and information can truly make the world a better place. Google also believes that the need for access to useful information transcends all borders. That's why they created the Google Science Fair: to champion young scientific talent and give students across the world an opportunity to showcase ambitious ideas.

Ages 13-18

January

FIRST® Robotics Competition

"The varsity Sport for the Mind," FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get.

9-12th grades

February

Christopher Columbus Awards

Students use the scientific process to solve real-world problems and change their community!

6-8th grades

February

National STEM Video Game Challenge

Aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games. Join the new faces of game design and start designing today!

6-12th grades

February

NASA Exploration Design Challenge

The goal of the Exploration Design Challenge is for students to research and design ways to protect astronauts from space radiation.  NASA and Lockheed Martin are developing the Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit and on to an asteroid or Mars.  Protecting astronauts from radiation on these distant travels is an important—and very real—problem that needs solving.  NASA would like your help!

K-12th grades

February

Young Reporters for the Environment Competition

This National Wildlife Foundation competition encourages participants investigate an environmental issue and report on it in writing, photography, or video. Entries must be relevant to participants’ local community, connect to a global perspective, include possible solutions, and be disseminated to an appropriate target audience. 

Ages 13-18

September

(depends on region)

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

SHS is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.

9-12th grades

May

Microsoft US Imagine Cup

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. We invite all eligible students to use their imagination and passion to create a technology solution in one of our competitions and challenges.

Age 16 through college

 

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