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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.


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. 
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FIRST Robotics

FIRST Robotics' mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation and that foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication and leadership.

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.
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Ripple3D’s mission is to create and deploy innovative and affordable tools that enable anyone, but especially youth, to have meaningful experiences that help them identify their interest and grow their knowledge and wisdom related to engineering and manufacturing. 
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SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure the U.S. has a skilled workforce. It is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. SME created the Additive Manufacturing Contest for SkillsUSA with the main objective to attract more students to careers in manufacturing through an emerging technology, and to advance an increasingly relevant technology as more companies are looking for workers to hire with skills in this technology. 
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The National 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. 

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