Competition Timeline

Early August 2016 Student & TA registration opens
Ambassador registration opens
CyberGuide registration opens
Virtual Judge registration opens
November 2, 2016 Early registration ends (deadline to receive free STEM kit)
December 7, 2016 Student & TA registration ends
February 22, 2017 11:59 PM ET CyberGuides last day online
CyberGuide registration ends
Virtual Judge registration ends
Final day to submit Mission Folders
March 8 – 24, 2017 Virtual Judging
March 29, 2017 Potential State Winners and Regional Finalists contacted for validation
April 7, 2017 11:59 PM ET Potential State Winners’ and Regional Finalists’ validation forms due
April 10 – 21, 2017 Equipment testing for Regional Judging video conference
April 24 - 27, 2017 Regional Judging
Week of May 1, 2017 Announce State Winners
Week of May 8, 2017 Announce National Finalists
Late June 2017 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, 2016.
    • 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 the 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 (3 minutes)
  • All Regional Judging will take place during the week of April 24, 2017.