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!

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

Camp Tech

Camp Tech is a summer camp for students entering grades 3–8 in the fall of the upcoming school year. Students will work with new and upcoming technology while gaining twenty-first century skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning. Camp Tech is offered in various locations throughout Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties. Student have the opportunity to rotate through four different sessions each day covering topics from programming to robotics, engineering to design and even Minecraft!

More details will be released in early spring, registration will open in March.

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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