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International Christian STEM Competition

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SLL-STEM Website Graphic-2402-27ACSI Student Leadership & Learning partners with Grand Canyon University to provide an International Christian STEM Competition (ICSC) for students in grades 7-12. This program is designed to showcase the incredible potential of students from Christian schools in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). With a unique blend of academic rigor and faith-based values, this competition aims to foster creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration while reinforcing the integration of faith and scientific exploration.








Date: April 4-5, 2025
Location: Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ


Participants will choose from five different challenges think innovatively, engage in problem-solving, and develop solutions and creations that align with biblical values and ethics. The International Christian STEM Competition consists of a combination of individual and team-based challenges. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively, leveraging each other's strengths and talents while embracing the values of respect, empathy, and teamwork. 

An established set of challenge criteria and checkpoints will be in place to ensure students are ready to advance to this level of competition.


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Participant Selection & Qualification Process

Participation & Selection Process

Student Leadership & Learning and GCU believe every student has the potential to excel in the areas of STEM. We also know we must provide opportunities for students to try, succeed, sometimes fail, collaborate, and try again. This critical thinking and collaboration process is essential to student success. Therefore, an established set of challenge criteria and checkpoints will be in place to ensure students are ready to advance to this level of competition.

Qualification Process

  1. Register your school for the competition.
  2. Look through each STEM challenge and decide which one(s) you'd like to implement in your classroom.
  3. Provide opportunities for experimentation, collaboration, and implementation.
  4. Ensure students progress through the ideation, development, and refinement phases and meet established deadlines.
  5. Create teams for each challenge in which your school desires to compete. Depending on the challenge, teams typically include 2-5 students.
  6. Decide which teams you believe are ready to compete at the International Christian STEM Competition and pay the participation fees for each student. Schools may send as many teams as desired.
  7. Meet our team at GCU and get ready to compete!
The Challenges

International Christian STEM Competition Challenges

The STEM Challenges for the 2024-25 school year will be released on August 5, 2025. Below are examples of the challenges from the 2023-24 Challenge Season.

  1. Innovation in Service: Assistive Technology Challenge
    Ready to make a difference in your community through the innovative use of technology to assist individuals with disabilities or special needs? In this challenge, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with community members through interviews, uncovering ways in which technology can enhance someone’s quality of life. You will then bring your vision to life by crafting your assistive technology solution in the form of a physical prototype, a CAD design, a process, or a labeled diagram.
  2. Onsite Design Challenge
    Want to gear up for a challenge you can’t predict? Your team’s problem-solving skills will take center stage as you use the engineering design process to unlock a mystery challenge. Team building and communication are key to this challenge as your team designs, builds, and tests a given object/device within a specific time frame. Ready to tackle the unknown and see how your team rises to the challenge? 
  3. Ethical Artificial Intelligence Game
    Here’s your chance to design, plan, build and test an interactive game utilizing Artificial Intelligence. But here’s the catch, your game must include the integration of a webcam system that integrates the use of gestures to control the game instead of keyboards or game controllers. It is an exciting opportunity to explore the world of AI-driven gaming and create a unique immersive experience for players. 
  4. Aerospace Design
    Ready to take on the ultimate aircraft engineering showdown? You and your team will design, build, and launch an aircraft from a specified height with the goal of keeping it aloft for as long as possible and landing on a target below. But here’s the twist! You cannot use your body to launch it, instead, you must craft a launching device that propels your aircraft to the target. Prepare to defy gravity and test your engineering genius in the high-flyer challenge! 
  5. Robot Search and Rescue
    Think you can build and program a robot that aids rescuers in clearing debris, securing safe passageways, and saving lives after a disaster? Well, this is the challenge for you! Using a purchased kit, you will be designing, building, coding, and driving a robot to complete various outlined tasks within an obstacle course. This is your chance to design a real-life robot superhero! Please note, that this challenge requires the purchase of a robot from Roboquest - see estimated costs below.

    Within this challenge, there will be two levels of competition to choose from:
  • Beginner- RQ100 (estimated robot cost $250)
  • Intermediate to Advanced- RQ300 (estimated robot cost $450)

By clicking on the register button below, you will be directed to our registration portal to begin the registration process. Initially, you will need to watch the informational video provided in the 'Overview' section. You must acknowledge that you have watched this video before you can proceed with the registration. 


After completing this step, you can purchase either an ACSI member or non-member school package. This package includes access to all challenge materials, the implementation guide, and registration for one team (comprising of 2-4 students and 1 adult).  


Upon payment, this initial registration will confirm your school's participation in ICSC 2025. The deadline to register your school for ICSC is  January 6, 2025.   In your registration confirmation email, you will receive a link to purchase additional tickets for students, advisors, and spectators. These additional tickets can be purchased anytime on or before February 18, 2025


During the first week of January, you will receive an email with instructions on how to submit team names and the names of student participants by February 18, 2025. Please note that Engineering Design Notebooks are due on February 28, 2025. We recommend using the pacing guides provided in the informational video to plan accordingly.   



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