Competitions & Contests

2013 Essay Contest

EngineerGirl Essay ContestEvery year, EngineerGirl sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. Usually the announcement is posted in the fall with judging and winners announced in the spring. Visit the contest page to see past winners or view the new contest.

  • The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge

    The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge was founded by Nancy Conrad in honor of her late husband, astronaut, innovator, and entrepreneur, Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurial competition that brings together a dynamic community of innovators and entrepreneurs driving a collaborative movement to develop extraordinary and viable solutions to benefit our world in one of four areas: aerospace & aviation, cyber technology & security, energy & environment, and health & nutrition. Participants compete in teams of high school students (age 13-18). Teams are eligible to receive seed funding grants, investment opportunities, patent support, business services, scholarships and other opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

    Resource Added: April 15, 2016

  • Young Scientist Challenge

    Don't let the name fool you. This is really an engineering challenge! Students in grades 5-8 are asked to provide innovative solutions to help solve everyday problems in a 1-2 minute video. Winners receive $25,000, and finalists get to work one-on-one with some of 3M's top scientists and engineers. A new challenge is posted in December, and entries are due in April. Finalists are announced in June/July and receive an amazing summer of mentoring before the grand prize winner is chosen in October. The deadline for entry this year is April 20, 2016.

    Resource Added: March 15, 2016

  • Engineering For You 3 (E4U3)

    The National Academy of Engineering has announced the 3rd annual Engineering for You Video Contest (E4U3) on Mega Engineering! Most of humankind’s biggest endeavors are mega engineering projects that provide solutions that span disciplines, geographies, and cultural boundaries. We are looking for 1 to 2 minute videos that (i) introduce a particular mega-engineering project, (ii) highlight its importance/contribution to people and society, and (iii) suggest contributions to its development. The Grand Prize of $25,000 will go to the most inspiring 1-2 minute video. We hope that you will participate in the contest and also encourage those in your communities to enter as well!
    The E4U3 Video Contest is open for video submissions from March 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016.

    Resource Added: March 8, 2016


    eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. Your team will propose a solution to a real problem in your community and compete for State, Regional and National Awards.
    eCYBERMISSION challenges you to explore how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics work in your world.

    Resource Added: October 29, 2015

  • Future Engineers

    Future Engineers is an education platform that hosts and develops design challenges for young innovators. Their site also offers you the opportunity to review lots of interesting resources from past competitions including a series of 3D Space Challenges developed in conjunction with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation and NASA.

    Resource Added: February 12, 2015

  • Young Mind Awards

    The Young Mind Award is a global competition by Advantage Business Media that aims to inspire youth at the Middle and High School levels, as well as students at the undergraduate level, to pursue their passion and bring forth Design Engineering and Research and Development as desirable education and career options for scholars. Students can win up to $5000, and winners will be announced at the Young Mind Awards ceremony in conjunction with the R&D 100 Awards at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 13, 2015.

    Resource Added: January 29, 2015


    The THINK Scholars Program is an educational outreach initiative that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by supporting and funding projects developed by high school students. The program is run by a team of undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and sponsored by technology companies and educational organizations. $2,000 budget, $1,000 scholarship, mentorship, and a trip to MIT. So, have a cool idea that you want to work on? We want to hear about it!

    Resource Added: December 30, 2014

  • ProjectCSGIRLS

    ProjectCSGIRLS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aimed to cultivate a love for technology and computer science in girls and encourage them to pursue their interests and careers in these fields. The major aspect of ProjectCSGIRLS is a competition designed to challenge girls to actively use computer science and technology to develop a solution to an imminent social problem. To be eligible to participate, you must be a girl attending middle school (6th - 8th grade), and you must reside in the continental United States. Register early (by Jan. 1st) to request a mentor!

    Resource Added: November 19, 2014

  • Verizon Innovative App Challenge

    The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is an exciting, creative and collaborative competition that offers $20,000 grants for winning middle schools and high schools and Samsung Galaxy Tabs for students on the winning teams. Designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the Challenge shows students exciting new possibilities for their futures, opening doors they may never have known were there.

    Resource Added: November 3, 2014

  • Biocom STEM Voice Video Challenge

    The STEM Voice Video Competition is nation-wide opportunity for kids in grades 5-12 to artistically explore the importance of STEM. Be creative and use video to show how much you love STEM. Act it out, create an animation, sing it but, make sure it is appropriate for all ages.

    Resource Added: April 4, 2014

  • Zero Robotics

    Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) inside the International Space Station. The competition starts online, where teams program the SPHERES to solve an annual challenge. After several phases of virtual competition in a simulation environment that mimics the real SPHERES, 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!

    Resource Added: January 30, 2014

  • Technovation

    Technovation is the global technology entrepreneurship program for girls, with over 1,300 alumnae from 19 countries. Middle school, high school, and university students research, design, build, and launch a mobile app prototype through a 50-hour curriculum over 3 months, with guidance from dedicated teachers and female mentors who are professionals in STEM and business careers. Then they pitch their mobile app "startups" to real investors via YouTube and compete for a chance to travel to Silicon Valley to make live pitches for $20k in awards. It's free to participate and no prior app development experience is necessary.

    Resource Added: January 23, 2014

  • Design Squad

    If you've ever seen Design Squad on PBS you know they are serious about fun challenges and interesting design. Along with videos, games and lots of information, you can also find contests and challenges on their website to keep your brain busy.

    Resource Added: November 14, 2012

  • 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.

    Resource Added: October 16, 2012

  • Technology Student Association (TSA) Competitions

    The Technology Student Association hosts a number of competitions for students in both middle and high school. Check out their website to see which ones might be interesting to you.

    Resource Added: September 21, 2012

  • Kids' Science Challenge

    The Kids’ Science Challenge (KSC), the premiere elementary school science competition in the US, is a free nationwide science competition for students in grades 3 through 6. The KSC creatively engages young students to use their imagination to expand our current ideas of how things work. Kids learn about careers in science, how to innovate and how their “what if” questions are the foundation of scientific thinking.

    Resource Added: December 12, 2011

  • NFPA Fluid Power Challenge

    The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge is a skills competition that challenges students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. They learn teamwork, math, science, engineering and problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward middle school students who work in teams of four—preferably two boys and two girls. Anyone—colleges, universities or local companies—can hold a Challenge. Further information and complete instructions are available on their website.

    Resource Added: February 7, 2011

  • National Science Bowl - For Middle School Students

    Either an academic math and science competition or a model fuel cell car competition. Why not compete in both?!

    Resource Added: August 1, 2007

  • National Science Bowl - For High School Students

    Compete in a verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math

    Resource Added: August 1, 2007

  • Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams

    Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams is a non-competitive initiative that awards grants up to $10,000 each to teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors to identify a problem and invent a solution for it. Designed to excite, empower, and encourage students through hands-on problem solving, InvenTeams aims to inspire a new generation of inventors.

    Resource Added: February 5, 2007

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