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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, as well as high school students. Please click on the links below for a complete description, including registration information.

Manufacturing Poster Challenge   AeroDef Manufacturing Poster Challenge and Display
Poster abstracts are accepted from undergraduate students, graduate students and industry research professionals (under 35). Poster contributions are solicited to review recent developments, driven by both fundamental research and technology, industry demonstrations of new applications or techniques, upcoming research challenges, future directions and novel approaches in the field. Winners are recognized at SME's annual AeroDef Manufacturing event.
Digital Manufacturing Challenge   Digital Manufacturing Challenge
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. Winners are recognized at SME's annual RAPID + TCT event.
FIRST Robotics Logo   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.
ASEE-SME Student Makers Competition   ASEE/SME Competition for Student Makers
Judges from industry and academia will select outstanding entries in the categories of innovation, commercial potential and humanitarian service. In addition, a best technical paper submission will be recognized with a Best Paper Award. To be considered, teams MUST include a demonstration. There is no limit on the specific topic or discipline of the demonstration. Teams are encouraged to provide enough detail so that others can reproduce their work. Winners will be recognized at ASEE's Annual Meeting. 
NAMRC   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.
Ripple3D Logo   Ripple3D
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. 
SkillsUSA Logo   SkillsUSA
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. 
National Robotics   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