• First Quarter Competitions

    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: 6th-12th


    Future City

    About: Future City is a project-based learning program where students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future.  

    Grade Levels: 6th-8th


    NASA Techrise

    About: From remote sensing and climate research, to microgravity experiments and technologies to explore the Moon, schools are invited to join NASA in its mission to advance space exploration and enhance our knowledge of Earth. 

    Grade Levels: 6th-12th


    Samsung Solve for Tomorrow

    About: 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: 6th-12th



    About:  StellarXplorers is a challenging, space system design competition involving all aspects of system development and operation with a spacecraft and payload focus.

    Grade levels: 9th-12th



  • Second Quarter Competitions

    3M Young Scientist Lab

    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: 5th-8th


    Thomas Edison Pitch Contest

    About: The STEM contest will allow students to create their own inventions to solve problems that they see in the world today. 

    Grade Levles: 4th-12th 


  • Third Quarter Competitions

    E Cybermission:

    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: 6th-9th



    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-12th


    Math Counts

    About: Four rounds of mathematical challenges. Round one focuses on speed and accuracy;  Round two focuses on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning; Round three focuses on problem-solving and collaboration; Round four focuses on speed and accuracy.  

    Grade Levels: 6th-8th 

  • Fourth Quarter/Summer Competitions

    American Rocketry Challenge

    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: 6th-12th


    Code Quest

    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: 9th-12th


    Congressional App Challenge

    About: A challenge for students in districts to create and submit their original apps for a chance to win the Congressional App Challenge (CAC). Each challenge is district-specific. As U.S. Representatives we publicly recognize our winning teams and each winning app may be put on display in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year.

    Grade Levels: Middle School and High School



    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: 9th-12th 


    Energy Whiz

    About: EnergyWhiz is a renewable energy focused event for students to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) capabilities through project-based learning activities.

    Grade Levels: 4th-12th



    About: SECME is a strategic alliance partnering schools, universities, industry, and government to renew and strengthen the professional capacity of K-12 educators, motivate and mentor students, and empower parents and communities so that all young people will learn and achieve at higher levels. SECME’s mission is to increase the pool of historically under represented, under-served, and differently-abled students who will be prepared to enter and complete post-secondary studies in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology, thus creating a diverse and globally competitive workforce.

    Grade Levels: 6th-12th 


    UCF Annual High School Programming 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: 9th-12th