Student Competitions

Here you will find competitions in which students may participate. Entrants contend for prizes, honor and recognition in areas such as design or craftsmanship of a wood product.

California State Fair Industrial & Technology Education Competitions

The Industrial & Technology Education Competitions are designed to recognize outstanding California students and their instructors, enrolled in or instructing an accredited program in grades 7 through community college. Shows include Architectural Drafting, Mechanical Drafting, Construction-Woods, Group Projects and the Instructor Competition and Sweepstakes. Look for The Outstanding Exhibitor Competition that recognizes the finest I&TE students.

IWF Design Emphasis

A furniture design competition open to post secondary students throughout the U.S. Contest is held in conjunction with the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in even-numbered years.

Fresh Wood Student Woodworking Competition

Open to students in North American high school, technical school or post secondary institutions. Has multiple categories and cash prizes. Occurs biennially in conjunction with the AWFS®Fair in the odd-numbered years in Las Vegas, Nevada.

BIASC Design/Build Competition

A competition for Southern California students, held at the OC Fairgrounds. The Build competition includes student teams from four divisions: High School, Youth Build, Community College and Special Interest Group. Construction/Wood Shop student teams construct a 6 x 8 ft structure. Building Team will be challenged to build a structure at the competition site over a limited time period. In the design portion, individuals design and prepare construction documents as in the real world, according to defined build. Sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC)

ICFF Studio

Juried event to showcase prototypes of young and promising designers in all product categories exhibited at the ICFF (furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, materials and wall coverings, kitchen and bath and more).

Innovator of the Future

This competition challenges students to design and cut a steering wheel. It is open to all students using Mastercam and can be made of any reasonable steering wheel material. Entries are judged based on several criteria including innovative design, accuracy, and quality of machining finish. Deadline for Entry: December 31 Prizes include a $1,000.00 scholarship and a plaque.

MITES Student Project Competition

Open to students in Michigan, projects may be entered in several categories within the "Wood" competition, including clocks, casework, furniture, turning, and sculpture and carving. There are also "Construction Trades" and "Architectural Drawing" competition. Michigan students: contact your teacher to find out how to participate.

Doug Mockett & Co Annual Design Competition

This architectural furniture component and hardware company sponsors an annual design contest for innovative furniture components, hardware and accessories. Cash prizes and royalties for winners. Co-sponsored by Doug Mockett & Co and Wood & Wood Products.

Raymond Waites Design Competition

National design competition to create an interior design space. Sponsored by House Beautiful. The winner receives a $5,000 prize plus a trip to the Home Furnishings Market in High Point, NC.

Skills Canada

Skills/Compétences Canada (S/CC) is a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. A unique position among private and public sector partners enables Skills Canada to work toward securing Canada’s future skilled labour needs while helping Canada's youth to discover rewarding careers.

Skills USA Championships

The SkillsUSA Championships showcase the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and advance to state and national levels.

IHA Student Design Competition

International Housewares Association (IHA) offers a design competition at the IHA Show open to undergraduates. Forms available in August and entries due by end of December.

Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge

Recognizes excellence in woodwork that features natural veneer and edge-banding applications. Open to professionals and amateurs, with a special category for Student Design.

Vermont Fine Furniture & Wood Products Design Competition

The primary mission of the Design Competition is to provide Vermont's professional and student woodworkers, from the smallest business to the largest, the opportunity to show off their well-honed creativity and skill. The design skills employed are only in part evident in the outward appearance of each piece or installation. Design incorporates choices of wood, appropriate joinery, proper scaling of elements, choice of finish and other attributes.

Wildest Part

This contest challenges students to create a bold, original item using Mastercam. This competition is open to any current student, team of students, or instructor using Mastercam. The part must be programmed with Mastercam and the Mastercam logo, available below, must be engraved on your part. Deadline for Entry: June 1 Awards include a $1,500 certificate for a computer, iPods and a plaque.

World Skills Competition

Every two years hundreds of young skilled people, accompanied by their teachers and trainers, gather together from around the world to compete before the public in the skills of their various trades and test themselves against demanding international standards. They represent the best of their peers drawn from regional and national skill competitions held currently in 49 countries/regions.

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