About the Program

The 12th annual Engineering and Computer Science Experience will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 with check-in and opening at the UM-Dearborn University Center building. Junior and senior level high school students in two person teams, sponsored by a teacher or counselor, are invited to compete in one of four contests - robotics, programming (two levels), game design or simulation - with a chance to win prizes.

Inquiries regarding the Engineering and Computer Science Experience should be directed to cecs.contest@umich.edu. 

Engineering and Computer Science Experience
This kind of event is about giving high school students a little bit of experience of the joy of engineering so that it is in their basket of possibilities.
Tony England, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Prizes

  • Main Competition

    First Place: $2,000 CECS Scholarship or $500 Cash Award
    Second Place: $1,500 CECS Scholarship or $350 Cash Award
    Third Place: $1,000 CECS Scholarship or $200 Cash Award

    Animated Robotic Crawler Challenge Pilot

    No scholarship or cash prizes will be awarded for the pilot competition, but winners will be able to keep their robots.

     

     

  • Jedi Division:

    First Place: $2,000 CECS Scholarship or $500 Cash Award
    Second Place: $1,500 CECS Scholarship or $350 Cash Award
    Third Place: $1,000 CECS Scholarship or $200 Cash Award

    Padawan Division:

    First Place: $100 Cash Award
    Second Place: $50 Cash Award
    Third Place: $25 Cash Award

  • First Place: $2,000 CECS Scholarship or $500 Cash Award
    Second Place: $1,500 CECS Scholarship or $350 Cash Award

  • First Place: $2,000 CECS Scholarship or $500 Cash Award
    Second Place: $1,500 CECS Scholarship or $350 Cash Award

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Team registration opens on Monday, January 30th and is a two-step process.  There is no cost, but registration is required.

    Sponsors must first register teams using the registration link.  Please limit team registration to 3 teams per school for the main robotics, programming and game design competitions.  The simulation competition is limited to 2 teams per school, and the advanced robotics ARC challenge is limited to 1 team per school.

    Following team registration, student participants will receive individual registration documents within 3 business days of team registration via the email provided with team registration. Parental consent is required. Team registration is not confirmed until both team members have completed the individual registration information.  

  • No. Teams of two high school students, either junior or senior level, are required to compete. 

  • Teacher or counselor sponsors are highly recommended, but not required.  Team sponsors ensure that competitors are adequately prepared for the competition. If your team places in one of the competitions, your high school and sponsor will be recognized. If you are unable to secure a sponsor, please contact us at CECS.contest@umich.edu.

  • Student team members and their parents will be sent an email to confirm registration upon submission of individual registration. Additional information will be sent after registration after March 17th.  If you do not receive this email, please send an inquiry to cecs.contest@umich.edu. Please make sure that you have provided an accurate and current email address. 

  • Teacher attendance is not required, but we would love to have them join us! We are planning an interactive parent and teacher session that will run concurrently with the competitions. When completing the registration, you will be asked to indicate whether or not your teacher will attend.

  • We encourage parents to attend, but it is not required. We are planning an interactive parent and teacher session that will run concurrently with the competitions. When completing the registration, you will be asked to indicate whether or not your parent(s) will attend.

  • No. All participants must be on campus in order to compete. 

  • The deadline to register and submit information for the 2017 Engineering Experience is Wednesday, March 8th. Please provide complete and accurate information. Teams cannot be confirmed until registration information is complete. The university is committed to providing participants with the best experience possible. In order to do that, faculty, staff, students, and volunteers must be prepared for a variety of situations that they may encounter during this program. This information will assist in that preparation. For more information regarding the university’s policies for hosting children on campus, please visit childrenoncampus.umich.edu/parents-and-guardians/

  • The best way to know that is to submit an application for review. It’s free online at umdearborn.edu/howtoapply/. Follow up with staff members regarding your prize decision at cecs.contest@umich.edu. 

  • If you know that you want the cash prize, please submit your completed paperwork as soon as possible via U.S. mail or fax (for the safety and security of your personal information) at the address provided in the notification to winners. It could take up to four weeks to process the cash award. Once issued, the cash award cannot be applied to the scholarship award.

    If you are a junior or are planning to attend community college and transfer to UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, the scholarship may be applied to your tuition costs for up to three years from the date of the competition in which your team placed. If you wish to select or defer the scholarship award, have questions about the scholarship award, or want to schedule a tour of the college and campus, please inquire at cecs.contest@umich.edu.