Q. Which grades are allowed to participate in the event?
A. The event is designed for and limited to grades 9-12.
Q: Are there any registrations fees required?
A: No. The competition requires no registration fee. The event also includes lunch and dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and assorted memorabilia—all free of charge.
Q: Do teams have to compete in all four categories?
A: Yes. All four categories are mandatory in order to foster team work, problem solving, and hands-on learning connected to many standards in the Michigan Curriculum Framework.
Q: Are there eligibility requirements for teams?
A: Yes. Each team must be composed of four full-time high school students. In addition:
- A maximum of two seniors per team is allowed.
- One additional student per team may observe during the two-day event to gain perspective for next year’s competition, but that student may not participate in the oral, written, authentic, or load-bearing competitions for the current year.
- The observing student can be a freshman, sophomore, or junior.
Q: May schools bring more than one team?
A: Yes. The opportunity to compete is open to all public and private high schools, career centers, and math/science centers, and each school may register up to two teams.
Q: May students who win scholarships use them at any Michigan university?
A: No. The scholarships are for use at Ferris State University. They are non-transferable, and they must be used within one year of a student’s high school graduation date.
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