VEX Robotics Competition

*One submission per team per academic year.*

In the VEX Competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge.

KY Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program designed to teach students how to allow their innovative ideas to come to life. Students lead their own projects, ranging from building robot dinosaurs to turning Pandora's Box into a video game, which incorporate live performances of the arts and sciences. By competing at the local, state and international level, students learn how to work in a team and develop confidence in problem solving.


SkillsUSA is a national association of students, teachers and industry representatives who work to improve education and training of America's workforce. Thousands of Tennessee students join the organization annually to participate in leadership training, competitions and community service projects. Many of the association's educational programs like Jump Into STEM! focus on developing student interest in technology and STEM-related careers.

Medtronic Robotics Challenge

Students construct a robot to complete the challenge and board as depicted by the Medtronic sponsor. Teacher would need to have students build the robot and guide the students as they complete their programming. The robot would need a specialized arm to move a block around the board, have sensors to touch walls, and a light sensor to follow a directed path. Students will also need to complete a challenge board as outlined by Medtronic on their website.:

Middle Tennessee STEM Expo

Program Description:
The Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub encourages students to engage in projects involving a process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem or challenge. These rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice skills necessary for success such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The STEM EXPO will showcase original projects by Middle and High school students from the STEM Hub partnering school districts across middle Tennessee.

SeaPerch Memphis Regional

Owning/Managing Organization: Navy City Outreach Southeast and the University of Memphis

Program Description:
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme.

TSA State Leadership Conference

***One submission per student per day of conference. If you participated in several events, please only submit once per day and write about each event in the same submission form for the day. You may submit once for each day of attendance. ***
Program Description:
The Tennessee TSA State Leadership Conference will be held on April 5-8, 2017 at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. 

Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair

Owning/Managing Organization:
The University of Tennessee

Program Description:
The Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair (SASEF) is the premier science and engineering competition for students in middle and high school in our 23-county service area of East Tennessee. We have promoted teaching the scientific method in science, engineering and math since 1952.

The 2017 SASEF will be held March 27-30 at the University of Tennessee Knoxville's Thompson-Bowling Arena.


Verizon Innovative App Challenge

*One submission per team per academic year.*

Owning/Managing Organization:

ProjectCSGirls Challenge

The challenge is simple. Build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes - global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. You can think of it as a virtual hackathon for middle school girls. We're looking for projects that are powerful in their ability to change and disrupt the present in a positive way.