2018-2019 Competition Timeline

Second week of August, 2018 Student & Team Advisor Registration Opens
Volunteer Registration Opens
November 21, 2018 Early Registration Ends
Deadline To Receive Free STEM Kit (Students Must Be On A Complete Team to Qualify)
December 19, 2018 Last Chance to Finalize Your Team!
February 27, 2019 Mission Folder Submission Deadline!
Volunteer Registration Ends
March 13 – 27, 2019 Virtual Judging
April 22 - 25, 2019 Regional Judging
Early May 2019 State Winners, Regional Finalists, and National Finalists Announced
June 16-21, 2019 National Judging & Educational Event

Notes regarding the timeline:


Potential winner validation includes review of the team make-up and Mission Folder contents. Quick adjustments will need to be made if any State Winning Teams must be disqualified. Actions that could lead to disqualification:

  • Students on one team are from different grades or states.
  • Students or their parents do not have a Social Security Number for savings bonds.
  • Team Advisor is unable to certify the start date of research as on or after April 1, 2018.
  • Any competition rules are found to be violated.

Regional Finalists will be determined by overall score from Virtual Judging. The top three scores in each grade in each region will advance to regional judging.

Regional Judges will be provided a copy of the team’s Mission Folder electronically for advance reviews. The Regional Judging Panel will be conducted via an online video conference with each Regional Finalist Team:

  • Team presentation to Regional Judges (4 minutes)
  • Regional Panel Q&A (5 minutes)

All Regional Judging will take place during the week of April 22, 2019.

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