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Student Contests, Events & Programs

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This page is dedicated to events, competitions and other exciting opportunities available to SME student chapters and units, as well as high school students. Please click on the links below for a complete description, including registration information.

Student Competitions/Programs
National Robotics

Student Robotics Challenge

The mission of the National Robotics Challenge is to provide robotics competitions that will foster an environment where students can develop the creativity, engineering, problem-solving and leadership skills they will need in the world of tomorrow. More
Mfg. Challenge

Manufacturing Challenge Contest

This creative, collegiate-level manufacturing engineering competition allows student club members to choose their own manufacturing project. They then design and build the project for display and evaluation at the annual Manufacturing Challenge Contest, held at AeroDef and/or WESTEC. Other types of projects, including class projects, funded faculty or department projects and funded research projects, are also welcome as entries in the contest. More

NAMRC Student Research Presentation Contest

The annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) hosts a Student Research Presentation Contest to recognize students' contributions to NAMRC. Encouraging young talents to pursue a career in manufacturing research is of vital importance to the long-term goals of the manufacturing community. More

Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition

This annual competition invites student designers to use their imagination to arrive at an innovative design, which exploits the geometric capabilities of direct digital manufacturing (DDM) to the fullest. Entries are welcome from college/university students and high school students; both categories are judged separately. More
Bright Minds

Bright Minds Mentor Program

Fifty (50) high school students are paired with industry professional mentors who guide them through the annual RAPID Conference & Exposition hall. To enhance their participation, students are provided industry-related materials, parts and scholarship information. The goal of this program is to create future rapid technology professionals and buyers. More
Previous Winners

Manufacturing Challenge Contest

2013: California State University, Northridge
2012: California State University, Chico
2011: California State University, Chico
2010: California State University, Los Angeles
2009: Mt. San Antonio College
2008: California State University, Chico
2007: California State University, Chico
2006: California State University, Chico
2005: California State University, Chico
2004: California State University, Los Angeles
2003: California State University, Chico 

Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition

2012: University of Louisville
2011: University of Massachusetts Lowell
2010: Utah State University
2009: Georgia Tech
2008: Utah State University
2007: Utah State University

If you have any questions on the competitions/programs listed above, please contact SME Customer Care at 800.733.4763 or email