NEW! ACSI Student Activities has partnered with Grand Canyon University to provide STEM competitions for students in grades 7-12 at Christian schools across the United States and internationally, and hope that your school will seriously consider being a part of these groundbreaking events during the 2021-22 school year! We understand that some schools already have extensive STEM programs, while for others, an event like this would be completely new. No matter what your experience, our teams are here to help and guide you through the competition process.
Three (3) teams per school per challenge are eligible to compete at the Divisional Christian STEM Competitions (the number of students per team varies per challenge).
- Aerospace Glider
- Capture the Flag (Honeypot)
- IT Coding
- Mechanical Slingshot
- Virtual Advisor Chatbot
A basic overview of each STEM Challenge, including objectives and materials needed, can be read in the following document*:
*Complete challenge details included in the Coordinator Handbook; available to schools once registered to participate in the Divisional Christian STEM Competition.
Adjudication & Awards
Awards will be given to the top three places in each STEM challenge. Teams who are awarded 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in their STEM challenge at the Divisional Christian STEM Competitions will qualify to attend the International Christian STEM Competition (ICSC) at Grand Canyon University on April 23, 2022. 4th and 5th place teams may be invited to participate if a team in the top 3 is unable to attend the International event.
Registration & Fees
- School Registration Fee: $70 by October 31, 2022 ($90 after deadline)
- Divisional Student Participation Fee: $15 per student
- ICSC Participation Fee: $25 per person (students and adults)
For additional information, please review the Divisional Christian STEM Competition FAQ or contact a Student Activities team member.
FREE STEM Webinars
Throughout the 2020-21 school year, the staff and faculty of Grand Canyon University did a series of FREE webinars for ACSI member schools to help you prepare for the competitions in 2021-22.
The “STEM101” and “Building STEM Focused Lessons” webinars walk you through setting up STEM curriculum in your schools and provide you integration with standards-based content. The “STEM Competitions” webinar was designed to prepare your school for the ACSI competition events in 2021-22. (See full descriptions below.) Live Q&A sessions were also available throughout the spring. Watch (or re-watch) these sessions to get your questions answered and receive tips and tricks about how to embed STEM into your school culture by participating in the 2021-22 ACSI/GCU STEM Competition.
Live Q&A Sessions: 2021-22 STEM Competitions
Join ACSI and Grand Canyon University staff members for a time of Q&A about the 2021-22 STEM Competitions. Ask questions about categories of competition, best practices for how to prepare your students, competition timelines, and more!
- March 31, 2021: 11:00am-12:00pm PST (12-1pm MST, 1-2pm CST, 2-3pm EST) | Watch Recording | Zoom Chat Discussion
- May 4, 2021: 1:00-2:00pm PST (2-3pm MST, 3-4pm CST, 4-5pm EST) | Watch Recording | Zoom Chat Discussion
- Session I: Introduction to Successful STEM Programs | Watch Recording | Zoom Chat Discussion
- Session II: Creating a STEM Plan | Watch Recording | Zoom Chat Discussion
- Session III: Active Remote Learning | Watch Recording | Zoom Chat Discussion
- Session IV: Technology Tools for Collaboration | Watch Recording | Zoom Chat Discussion
Competitions provide a structure for teachers and students getting started with STEM and also serve as a skill-building opportunity. Inspire your students to think critically and work collaboratively to strengthen social skills and provide a low-pressure experience to engage in authentic science and engineering practices. Learn about several types of competitions available for your students. Identify strategies to teach scientific reading and writing skills and use a template to plan an implementation schedule based on your choice of competition. | Watch Recording
Building STEM Focused Lessons
STEM-focused lessons not only support the instruction of standards-based content, but they also facilitate the integration of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. In this course, you will refine a STEM lesson by identifying its structure, evaluate lessons for required STEM components, and explore math, science, ELA, and social science connections. Using an interactive STEM lesson planning tool, you will create your own STEM-focused lesson plan. | Watch Recording