STEM Design Software Challenge

STEM Design Software

The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual high school competition run by a public-private partnership with the goal of sustainably increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

Every teacher that participates in the RWDC gets $1 million in professional engineering software along with training, curriculum materials, and access to mentors. Teams of 3-7 high school students use these resources to solve an engineering challenge that is currently faced by industry.

Students first compete in a state level Governor’s Cup. The team with the best design is invited to Washington, DC to compete in the national finals.

Sign ups have begun, head over here to learn more.

Each state has a mentor who assists and oversees competitors. Find your mentor here

Teams will submit their solution, or project which solves the engineering challenge by January 2017. The national contest will start right away in January of 2017 with a deadline set for April 2017.

  • Schools will receive mentorship to participate in the Real World Design Challenge (RWDC).
  • Schools that participate in the RWDC will get access to Mathcad, PTC Creo, and Windchill software.
  • Winners of the RWDC will receive $50,000 scholarships for each participating student on the winning team.
  • Schools are not required but are encouraged to participate in the RWDC.
  • The mentor will provide information, guidance, and resources on how to participate in the RWDC, including information on contest dates, strategies, and teamwork and leadership methods.
  • More information on the RWDC is available at
  • Schools will submit midyear and end of year summaries of the RWDC participation.