• Innovative Competitions




    American Rocketry Challenge: https://rocketcontest.org/about-the-contest/background/#

    About: The American Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

    Grade Levels: 6-12


    Code Quest: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/who-we-are/communities/codequest.html

    About:  Code Quest is an annual computer programming competition where teams of 2-3 High School students each work together for 2.5 hours to solve problems by using JAVA, Python, VB.net, C, and/or C++ programming to complete the “quest.” The problem set consists of 15-20 challenging problems created by Lockheed Martin engineers and computer programmers. 

    Novice level consists of all students on a team with 1 year or less of coding classes in the languages used at Code Quest and/or competitions. If there is a student with more than 1-year experience in the coding languages being used, that team must be registered as Advanced.

    Grade Levels: High School 


    CyberQuest: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/who-we-are/communities/cyber-quest.html 

    About: The Lockheed Martin CYBERQUEST™ Competition is a cyber competition where teams of 2-5 High School Students work together to solve offense and defensive cyber challenges in a capture the flag format  to complete the “quest.”

    Grade Levels: High School 


    UCF Annual High School Programming Tournament: https://hspt.ucfprogrammingteam.org/index.php/hspt/this-year-s-tournament

    About: Each participating school is represented by one or more teams of up to three students each. Teams are given approximately ten programming problems to solve within four hours. The team solving the most problems wins (ties are broken based on the amount of time taken to solve the problems). Teams have the option of using C/C++, Java and/or Python on PCs. Although it is necessary that each student be familiar with either C, C++, Java, or Python, the emphasis of the contest is on problem solving rather than on the specific details of the language. An orientation session on the day of the contest will allow teams to become familiar with the contest equipment. Lunch and dinner will be provided.

    Grade Levels: High School 




    Conrad Challenge: https://www.conradchallenge.org/conrad-challenge/

    About: Do you want to participate in designing the future and leave your mark on the world? By combining education, innovation and entrepreneurship you can!

    There are historically two fundamental ways to think: inside of the box and outside of the box. This is your opportunity to not only think outside the box, but to enjoy the freedom of thinking like there is no box. This is how you can bring science and technology studies to life and to solve real-world challenges. This is the Conrad Challenge and it’s made just for students like you!

    Each year, teams of 2-5 students, ages 13-18, from around the globe create products or services that address some of the most pressing global challenges. For 2018-2019 Conrad Challenge, the categories are: Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, Health & Nutrition, Transforming Education with Technology and Smoke-Free World.

    Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition is a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication.


    Ages: 13-18



    About: CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.  Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.​

    Grade levels: K-12


    E Cybermission: https://www.ecybermission.com/HowToCompete

    About: eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine. Students are challenges to explore how STEM works in their world while working as a team to solve problems in their community. Teams compete virtually in state and regional competitions and in-person through the National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE). Student prizes are awarded at the state, regional, and national levels by grade level.

    Grade levels: 6-9


    ExploraVision: https://www.exploravision.org/what-exploravision

    About: The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology.

    ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. A teacher will sponsor and lead his/her students as they work in groups of 2 – 4 to simulate real research and development. A teacher will guide his or her students as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement in real time. 

    Grade levels: K-12


    Samsung Solve for Tomorrow: https://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/how-it-works.html

    About: Open to grades 6-12.  Designed to boost interest and proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), the nationwide contest challenges public school teachers and students to show how STEM can be applied to help their local community.

    Grade levels: 6-12




    3M Young Scientist Lab: https://www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge

    About: The annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge invites students in grades 5-8 to submit a 1-2 minute video describing a unique solution to an everyday problem for the chance to win $25,000 and an exclusive 3M Mentorship. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.Thousands of students nationwide have participated in the competition and winners have gone on to do some amazing things; including speak in front of Congress, work with the nation's top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.

    Grade levels: 5-8


    Technology Student Assocation: https://tsaweb.org/about/about-tsa

    About: TSA chapters take the study of STEM beyond the classroom and give students the chance to pursue academic challenges among friends with similar goals and interests. Together, TSA chapter members work on competitive events, attend conferences on the state and national levels, and learn and apply leadership skills. TSA chapters also are committed to a national service project and are among the most service-oriented groups in the community. 

    Grade levels: Middle and High School