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2023-2024 SECME Guidelines

  • The 2023-2024 SECME Regional Competition will be hosted on the UCF main campus. Please refer to the FAQs for more details. Rules and dates are subject to change.
  • Each school/organization may bring a maximum of 15 students to the SECME Regional Competition at UCF. Each student may participate in a maximum of 3 events ON SITE (mousetrap car, water bottle rocket, glider, bridge, egg drop).
  • The minimum number of students that must be registered from a school/organization is 3.
  • Click HERE to register for the SECME Regional Competition at UCF!

National Events

The 2023-2024 National Guidelines are available! Access can be found at the SECME National website. We are still evaluating their changes so statements on this Regional Competition site related to national events may not be accurate at this time. Updates will be forthcoming!

Essay Competition
  • Grades K-2 Illustration with 2 sentence caption and cover page
  • Grades 3-12 Essay with Works Cited and cover page
  • Only 1 student per essay/vision board and maximum 5 essays/illustrations per school
  • Entries submitted prior to Regional Competition (see Important Dates)
Mousetrap Car Competition
Water Rocketry Competition
  • Must have 3 students per team and maximum 2 teams per elementary school or 3 teams per middle/high school
  • Engineering Notebook and Presentation to be submitted prior to Regional Competition (see Important Dates)
  • Video of presentation only necessary for teams who proceed to the National Competition
  • Past Train the Trainer Presentation: Water Bottle Rocketry – A Beginner’s Guide
Poster Competition
  • Maximum of 1 poster per school submitted by an individual student
  • Posters submitted at Regional Competition
  • Electronic PDF submission of poster and video presentation

Local Events

The 2023-2024 guidelines for all local events are now available!

Banner Competition
Bridge Competition
Egg Drop Competition
Energy Transfer Machine Competition
Glider Competition
Math Competition

*Guidelines page last updated 9/21/23

  • Dates:
  • Opening in October
  • September 19, 2023
    Train the Trainer Workshop Registration Closes at midnight

    – Email for registration details

  • September 23, 2023
    Train the Trainer Workshop
  • December 8, 2023
    SECME Regional Competition Registration Deadline

    – Schools with student/team numbers must be submitted online

  • December 14, 2023
    Invoice Request Deadline

    – All payments must be initiated with your bookkeeper
    – $20 per student

  • January 12, 2024
    Registration Fees Due

    – Check must be in the office by 4pm
    – No exceptions will be made

  • January 17, 2024
    All team and student names must be entered/finalized by midnight
  • January 22, 2024
    Essays, Powerpoints, and Technical Reports due by midnight via your account on the SECME registration site. Patch Designs due by 4pm in MSB 231
  • January 29, 2024
    Emergency name changes due by 5pm (name changes may be requested via email only)
  • February 2, 2024
    Energy Transfer Machine submissions due by 5pm. See guidelines for details on how to submit videos.
  • February 4, 2024
    Poster submissions due by midnight. Please submit via your account on the SECME registration site.
  • February 10, 2024
    SECME Regional Competition

    – School/Team Check-in 7am
    – Opening Session 8am
    – Award Ceremony 2-3pm

  • Dates and times are subject to change. Registered teams will be notified via email in the event of a change.