2020-2021 Competition Timeline

August 12, 2020 Student & Team Advisor Registration Opens
Volunteer Registration Opens
November 11, 2020 Early Registration Ends
Deadline To Receive Free STEM Kit (Students Must Be On A Complete Team to Qualify)
January 6, 2021 Team and TA Registration Ends. Last Chance to Finalize Your Team!
March 3, 2021 Mission Folder Submission Deadline!
Volunteer Registration Ends
March 16 - 31, 2021 Virtual Judging
April 26 - 30, 2021 Regional Judging
Early May 2021 State Winners, Regional Finalists, and National Finalists Announced
June 20 - 25, 2021 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, 2020.
  • 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 26, 2021.

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