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.

  • 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. Deadline for Entry is May 31, 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

  • Engineering For You 2 (E4U2)

    The NAE has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. We want you to select at least one of them and in 1-2 minutes show us how engineering will create a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world in the future! The Grand Prize video will win $25,000!

    Resource Added: December 5, 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. Grand prize winner receives $5,000 and will be flown to San Diego with a parent or guardian receive the award at the BIO International Convention during June 23-26 2014! Runners up will receive an Apple gift card. Deadline for submission is April 21, 2014. Biocom Institute, a non-profit based in San Diego, California and focused on promoting STEM and knowledge of the lifescience industry, is the proud sponsor of this competition in 2014.

    Resource Added: April 4, 2014


    Want to make a difference? From now until 19 May 2014, create a mobile app or draw one for the benefit of humanity anywhere around the world. You could win an iPad Air!

    Resource Added: March 17, 2014

  • PeopleSmart Contest

    Peoplesmart is running an essay contest on the subject of privacy in the 21st century and what it means to the current generation of high school seniors. The contest winner will receive $2,500 and his or her essay will be published on the PeopleSmart website and blog. Submissions are being accepted until April 30th, 2014.

    Resource Added: February 11, 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, on this website, 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 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

  • 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

  • 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


    The FIRST program has lots of great competitions to get your engineering mind started. Whether you choose the Lego League for grades K-8 or the robotics competion or tech challenge for high school students, there is something for everyone.

    Resource Added: December 4, 2005

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