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.

Chain Reaction Contraption Contest 

December 13, 2019

Chain Reaction Contracption LogoHigh 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.

Future City Competition 

February 18, 2020

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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 27-28, 2020

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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!

Intel ISEF 

May 12-17, 2019

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The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (the Society), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more  than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for on average $4 million in prizes.


Engineer Girl Essay Competition

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!

Science, Technology, and Engineering Competitions in Southwestern Pennsylvania

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!