Student Programs

IU1 Student Competitions & Programs

Join Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1) for these innovative student competitions! Student competitions are open to middle school and high school students in Fayette, Greene, and Washington Counties. More information including event details, registration, and competition guidelines will be released closer to the event date. Please reach out to the event contact for more information or to be added to the mailing list. We hope to see you and your students this year! Check out the flyer below and feel free to share!

Innovation Camps

The Innovation Summer Camps for students entering grades K-8 (grade level varies according to location) in the fall of 2019. Students will explore science, technology, engineering, math, making and more with new and innovative technology! Students will rotate through sessions each day. Sessions fill quickly and space is limited, make sure to register early! Students must attend all day. Camp cost is reduced due to grant funding from Chevron Corporation, which includes all sessions, materials, and daily snacks. Check out all of the locations, we hope that you can join us!

SEGSD Camp 2019 Flyer .pdf

Maples Camp Innovation

June 10th - 14th

Bobtown Elementary School

Grades 3-8 | NO FEE


Frazier Camp 2019 Flyer -final.pdf

Commodore Camp Innovation

June 17th - 21st

Frazier Middle School

Grades K-8 | Cost: $75.00


Online Registration Form:

Brownsville Camp 2019 Flyer (1).pdf

Falcon Camp Innovation

July 8th - 12th

Brownsville Middle School

Grades 3-8 | Cost: $50.00


Leopard Camp 2019 Flyer .pdf

Jaguar Camp Innovation

July 29th - August 2nd

Belle Vernon ES

Grades 3-8 | Cost: $50.00


Camp Innovation LEGAL RELEASE FORM 2019.pdf

Innovation Camp: Liability Form

Camp Innovation PHOTO RELEASE FORM 2019.pdf

Innovation Camp: Photo Form

Forms must be completed and mailed to Sarah D'Urzo, Innovation Camp, 1 Intermediate Unit Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423

Camp Tech 2019

Camp Tech is a summer camp for students entering grades 3-8 in the fall of 2019. Students will explore science, technology, engineering, math, computer science and more with new and innovative technology! Each session includes a daily snack and drink. Lunch is not provided. Students are asked to bring a bagged lunch. Online registration is now open.

  • Camp Tech's registration fee is $175 per student.
  • Discounted rates for families with multiple students within the household are available. Initial student registration is $175, and each additional student is $140.
      • Please make sure to complete an online registration form for each participating student.
      • Photo and Liability release forms (below) must be completed for each individual student.
  • Register by clicking on the PINK BUTTON below with your desired location.
  • Registration fills up extremely fast and is limited to 48 students per location (first come first serve basis).
  • Students must attend all day.

Camp Tech 2019 Sessions include:

Humming Bird Robotics: Design, Program, Make, Create!: Using Hummingbird Robotics Kits students will design, program, and create custom robots relating to this years’ space theme! Students will build on skills such as programming, engineering, sensor operations, and more to create unique robots that will in the end complete a custom task.

Minecraft Mars Expedition: Using iPads and the Minecraft Pocket Edition App students will explore the history and science behind space exploration. Students will be given a baron world and as candidates for their Mars One mission they simulate in teams how they will terraform, survive, and colonize Mars for future generations. Students will be faced with new challenges every day.

Automation and Robotics Space Exploration: Students will use VEX Robotics Kits to explore how robots work on Mars and the Moon to complete tasks for NASA. Students will work together, diving into new tasks each day using a range of robots with different abilities to complete the days challenge. Students will investigate the procedures of robots and space exploration as the dive into each project learning automation and robotics concepts as they go.

NEW!! Space Launch!: Students will take technology to the next level by launching a balloon into space! This hands-on session infuses innovative technologies, teamwork, and hands-on learning. Students will explore the science of our atmosphere, altitudes, and pressure while preparing their balloon to gather and collect data when launched into space!

Registration is now open!

Select your desired Camp Tech location below to complete the online registration form.

REMEMBER: Sessions fill very quickly and are limited to 48 students per location. Students must attend all day.

Please feel free to contact me at with any questions.

Camp Tech 2019 Forms & Flyers

Completed forms and payment (CHECK ONLY: please make checks payable to IU1: Camp Tech) are to be returned within two weeks of registration to the attention of Sarah D’Urzo, Camp Tech, 1 Intermediate Unit Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423. Please do NOT send payment in until you receive notice your spot is reserved.

Camp Tech 2019 Flyer.pdf
Camp Tech LEGAL RELEASE FORM 2019.pdf
Camp Tech PHOTO RELEASE FORM 2019.pdf

Make the Future

Join us October 25, 2018 at Waynesburg University for the first Make the Future Challenge! Make the Future Challenge is for Washington County students in grades 6-8 and 9-12. Teams of up to four students will work together to develop a plan on "How to power Pittsburgh" in the future using renewable resources and sustainable ideas. Registration is now open, at and closes October 5th.

Governor's STEM Competition

Join us February 7, 2019 at Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus for the IU1 regional Governor's STEM Competition. Teams of up to five high school students from Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties are tasked with the challenge of using their STEM skills and knowledge to solve a problem in their community.

Registration is open, register today at Registration will close November 19, 2018.

For more information on the Governor’s STEM Challenge go to for forms, competition information and contact.

STEM Design Challenge featuring K'Nex

Join us March 8, 2019 at the California University Convocation Center for the IU1 Regional STEM Design Challenge! The STEM Design Challenge is a competition for students in grades 4-8 where they build a project out of K’Nex pieces. Teams in grades 4-5 and grades 6-8 will only be able to use K’Nex pieces and will have 2 hours to build their structures, all pieces must be disassembled.

2019 Challenge: Teams across Pennsylvania are being tasked with creating a machine that will move 3 objects at least 6 inches across a table. The “crane” must pick up the object, move it at least 6 inches and set it back down. Your team can choose the objects that need to be moved. Please consider how environmentally friendly your machine is while presenting about your project. Be creative!

Register today at

PA Media and Design Competition Flyer.pdf

Media & Design Competition

The PA Media and Design Competition, formerly the PA Computer Fair, is an annual event that highlights Pennsylvania students’ application skills, creativity and knowledge. Students are able to unleash their creativity, learn how to convey information more dynamically, and enhance the learning process.

For more information on the competition and categories go to Please contact Jordan Lozosky at for regional competition details.

Student Forum

Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1) seeks to bring together high school student leaders from the IU1 Region to discuss leadership topics, school-related issues, post-secondary planning, and service learning. Student Forum provided students with a collaborative learning environment for issues, ideas, opportunities, questions, and concerns of the students in our individual districts.

For more information go to

Remake Learning Days

Mark your calendar for May 9-19, and start thinking about what events you could host to celebrate and showcase the learning happening in your school, museum, library, after school center, university, media center, tech startup, or wherever learning happens for you and your students.

Event submissions will open in early December at

Additional Competitions & Programs

Cyber Robotics Coding Competition

Girls Who Code Program

Science of Agriculture Challenge

The Alice Challenge

PA Invention Contest

STEAM Competition sponsored by Range Resources

Flyer Link

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