Students — Explore big questions and challenges across a variety of STEM fields while connecting with local industries and organizations at our signature STEM event. View Challenge Packet. 

Ages: Middle and high school students — STEMfest! is for YOU. Gather a team, or work individually, to solve a real-world STEM problem identified by our industry partners. You’ll choose one our Industry Design Challenges and present your solution to a panel of judges during our STEMfest! competition. Winners receive awards as well as potential scholarships and internships.

Cost: STEMfest! team participation is FREE.  STEMfest! attendance is FREE and will be virtual in 2021.

Registration: Join us this year in creating innovative and exciting solutions to challenges in our community. We have made several changes to the event structure to safely accommodate student and team participation. Please review the event details prior to registering your team(s). STEMfest! Virtual will run as a two-tiered event in 2021, with a qualifying round at the local level followed by a virtual competition for the region.

Download the 2021 Industry Design Challenge information (PDF) to learn more!

Parents or Teachers: Register teams here!

Thank you to our 2021 Presenting Sponsors: The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College and to our Supporting Sponsors: Goodyear, the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, State Farm and the Licking County Foundation.



2021 Problem Solving Challenges:

  • Bridge Architecture: Presented by Central Ohio Technical College
  • Mars Rover Wheel Engineering: Presented by Goodyear
  • STEM Powers Ohio: Presented by the Ohio STEM Learning Network
  • Technology for Good: Presented by The Works

STEMfest! is going virtual!

Upcoming Dates:

January 16 – Presentation Skills Workshop

February 15 – Qualifying Round Deadline

STEMfest! 2021 will be March 1 – March 6

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