Competitions at Fall Regional Conference


Collegiate Competitions:

Draper Technical Challenge Competition: Contestants will answer one of the challenge questions in the form of a short technical paper which will be submitted to Draper via its website ( The review committee will evaluate all submissions received by the deadline and identify the finalists prior to the conference. Finalists (must be NSBE members) will present their solutions at the conference in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. A winner will be chosen following the presentations and scholarships awarded. First place award is $2,000, second place is $1,000, and third place in $500. The completion is now open until November 5th. If you would like additional information, the NSBE Draper Team is glad to provide a webinar session with your chapter. If you and your chapter want to partake in a webinar session, please email for coordination. 
Technical Research Exhibition (TRE): This competition is designed to showcase NSBE members’ skills in technical writing, theoretical research and oral presentation. It incorporates two tracks: Preliminary and Showcase. TRE, which is held during each Fall Regional Conference and Annual Convention, is judged by technical professionals. Register here!
Academic Technical Bowl: The objective is to encourage and showcase academic excellence and understanding of the fundamental principles of engineering covered in the usual senior engineering standardized tests, for example, the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam or Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) Exam. The FE and FS exams are sometimes erroneously referred to as the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) and the Surveyor-in-Training (SIT) exams. Register here!

NSBE Jr. Competitions:

PCI Talks: This new competition is NSBE’s spin on TED Talks for the NSBE Jr. membership. The event is designed to showcase their skills in public speaking and their cultural awareness of topics ranging from urban pollution to police brutality to sustainability. More information can be found here:

Try-Math-A-Lon: This competition is geared toward the 9th to 12th grade members of NSBE Jr. Try-Math-A-Lon helps prepare the students for standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT and promotes competitiveness as well as good sportsmanship and problem solving. The Lower Division, which focuses on subjects such as pre-calculus, statistics/probability and more, consists of 9th and 10th graders. The Upper Division, which focuses on subjects such as calculus, trigonometry and more, consists of 11th and 12th graders. More information is here:

MATHCOUNTS: This competition targets the 6th through 8th grade members of NSBE Jr.  MATHCOUNTS builds participants’ math and analytical skills. It also allows students to develop the team-working and problem solving skills that are vital in engineering. More information is here:
VEX Robotics Competition: This competition is for to 9th–12th graders. In VEX Robotics, individuals build the team-working and problem solving skills that are vital in engineering. It also helps students develop perseverance as well as communication, project management and critical thinking skills. More information is here:

Kid Zone: This program is designed for students in kindergarten through grade 5 who work in teams of five with a mixture of grade levels. There are two divisions: K–2nd, which is noncompetitive, and 3rd–5th, which is competitive. There are various science-based activities that allow the students to develop critical thinking skills. More information is here: