The Design & Pitch Challenges in STEM are meant to get students engaged in messy problems that they care about. One of the ways we do this is through district-wide competitions, in-person camps, and virtual pitch competitions. Learn more about each of these types of events below.

District-Wide Competitions

Wake County Competition

We had a fabulous time at this year’s annual WCPSS competition. Interested in sending students to the competition? Stay tuned for the link to register here next year! We are asking all teachers to register their teams by February 15th. If you are completing your challenge after this date then please put “to be determined” in the space that asks for student names.

Click here to see the flier from the first competition.

Click here to see a road map for the competition from the first year.

And the winners are....

Year1st Place2nd Place3rd PlaceFinalists
2024 HSGeoRoute
Wake STEM Early College
UCleanUV
North Wake Career and College Academy
FundFinder
Athens Drive Magnet High School
Cube Corps
Wake STEM Early College

EcoChic
Athens Drive Magnet High School
2024 MSPowerUp
Reedy Creek Middle School
HePro
Apex Friendship Middle School
RenewaBAM
Apex Friendship Middle School
Viral Vision
Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy
This table shows the winners from our annual WCPSS district-wide competition. The competition is divided into two subsets: high school (HS) and middle school (MS).

Design & Pitch Camps

Our camps bring students together to solve real-world problems that they care about. During these week-long day camps, students will work in groups to develop solutions to one or more of the D&P Challenges, which are built to allow for┬ámaximum creativity in students’ solutions while also engaging them with rich mathematics. Science, technology, and engineering also play a key role in the contexts and solutions students will encounter throughout the challenges. Our team likes to offer these camps during the summer months to help students engage with mathematics outside of the school year, so keep a lookout for our future offerings!

Upcoming Camps

Come join us this summer at our Entrepreneurial High School Math Summer Camp!

Virtual Pitch Competitions

While we enjoy working with students in person, we love to interact with students from across the globe. As such, we occasionally offer virtual pitch competitions, which bring the thrill of the Design & Pitch Challenges to any computer in the world. Check back often to see when our next virtual pitch competition is scheduled, or email us at design_pitch@ncsu.edu to set one up!

Upcoming Virtual Pitch Competitions

Currently, we do not have any virtual pitch competitions scheduled.