STEM Competitions

FIRST Lego League Challenge & FIRST Tech Challenge Events

The FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge provide competitions for youth, integrating robotics with solving real-world challenges. WYSE works with individuals, RSOs, and community organizations to host scrimmages, qualifying events, and an annual state competition that takes place on campus.

Volunteer at one of these local events to see what the excitement is all about! We need judges, referees, hosts to welcome and help teams get to their various events, table resetters to keep the robotics competition rounds running on time, and lots of hands to help with set-up before and clean-up after the event.

Sign up to volunteer at by creating an account and going to “Volunteer Registration” and “”Event Volunteering.”

RSO’s interested in providing a STEM-focused activity/demo table at a FIRST event should contact us directly at

Annual events at UIUC include:

  • FIRST Tech Challenge Scrimmage in October or November
  • FIRST Lego League Qualifier in December
  • FIRST Lego League Tesla State Championship in January

Want to help coach or mentor a local team? Contact us at for more information

Science Olympiad State Championship

The Illinois Science Olympiad State Championship is held on the University of Illinois campus each year in April. WYSE helps facilitate various events and helps visitors find where they are going. A volunteer sign-up form will be available in February or March of each year.


Academic Challenge

In summer 2018, the Academic Challenge moved to its new home at Eastern Illinois University. Find out more about the upcoming plans for Academic Challenge by visiting the program’s new website, or contacting the program directly (