STEM competitions are a great way to get involved with science, technology, engineering, and math! You can show off your skills and learn new ones, work in groups and meet new friends, AND go places and compete for cool prizes! Check out the list of competitions below to find one that matches your interests, or lets you explore something brand new.
Students in grades 6-8 work in teams, with a teacher and an engineering mentor, to design a city of the future using SimCityTM software. You’ll build a scale model of your city, write an essay, and present your creation. Local winners go on to compete in the finals in Washington, D.C.
Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair March 31-April 1
More than 1,000 students in grades 6-12 design, research, and communicate about an original experiment. You will display your results, talk with judges, and compete for more than $1 million in cash prizes and scholarships. Middle school students are nominated for the Broadcom MASTERS(R) program, and high school students are eligible to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair!
i5 Digital Video Competition – April 20, 2017
Middle and high school students create a five-minute video that shares the impact of STEM in their lives, focusing on Innovations, Issues, Individuals, Inspiring careers, and incredible Income potential! The top films are showcased on the Omnimax screen during the awards ceremony – complete with chocolate Oscars!
High school students build a contraption that completes a specific task in 20 steps or more. You will work in a team to create and submit preliminary design drawings of your contraption and photos that document your contraption’s evolution. You’ll then present your contraption for judging based on functionality, complexity, and creativity in achieving the task.
PicoCTF Competition – March 31- April 14, 2017
PicoCTF is a computer security game targeted at middle and high school students. The game consists of a series of challenges centered around a unique storyline where participants must reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt, or do whatever it takes to solve the challenge. The challenges are all set up with the intent of being hacked, making it an excellent, legal way to get hands-on experience.
This year’s competition features a brand new adventure. When your friend disappears unexpectedly, you must learn and use computer security skills to uncover and decipher critical evidence behind their whereabouts. Can you find your friend before it’s too late?
The National Academy of Engineering invites all students (girls and boys) in grades 3-12 to submit an essay to the 2016 EngineerGirl Essay contest entitled “Engineering and Animals.” Learn about a particular animal and consider how engineering might improve life for that species. You could win up to $500!
You can visit this page for a complete listing of STEM-related competitions in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. There’s bound to be one for you!