STEM Competitions

First LEGO League

The FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge are international competitions for youth, integrating robotics with solving real-world challenges. WYSE works with RSOs and community organizations to host qualifying events and a state competition that takes place on campus. Find out more about First LEGO League at

Science Olympiad

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. Find out more about Science Olympiad at


Academic Challenge

The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created by a Test Production Team of academic experts and previously administered by the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering. Academic Challenge began in 1975 at John A. Logan College, offering challenging annual exams to high school students in Illinois and Missouri for local, regional, and statewide competition.

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 contact the program directly (