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.

AWFS® Design It Digital

Design it Digital is a new online student design competition. Students are presented with three hypothetical scenarios in which a client is asking for a specific custom piece of furniture. Students can choose their favorite client project and design a solution using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and rendering software. This contest introduces students to challenges that designers face when making a custom piece of furniture. It also highlights the use of CAD software in the wood products industry and provides an opportunity for AWFS® member companies to get involved with students and schools. Our focus is to engage young people into thinking about the many career opportunities available in the wood products industry.

AWFS®Fair 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)

California State Fair – California Student Showcase

The California State Fair Student Showcase debuts the best student made projects in Arts, Engineering and Sciences. This competition is open to any California resident 5-18 years old. Enter to win State Fair ribbons, boost your accolades and get recognized as being among the Best of California!

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.

ICFF Studio

To enter the competition, a designer must have a working prototype that is not in commercial production. All submissions are reviewed by established industry professionals, allowing those recognized by the ICFF Studio program to stand in a class of their own. Entries are judged on design aesthetics, the ability to be economically mass produced, marketability and commercial viability.

IFDA Cliff Young Contemporary-Modern Furniture Student Design Competition

The Educational Foundation of IFDA (IFDA-EF) and Cliff Young have launched a student design competition. The Foundation is asking educators to include the contest as part of their curriculum this fall for undergraduate students. Entrants are asked to design a piece of furniture with classical references, clean design and sophisticated details. The piece could be hip and edgy, warm and organic and made with timeless simplicity but not minimal. The piece needs to be functional and aesthetically pleasing for a modern lifestyle.

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.

International Design Award (IDA)

International competition sponsored by Hettich and Rehau that features two separate segments: Furniture and Fittings. Awards ceremony is held during the Interzum in Cologne Germany.

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.

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.

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.

SkillsUSA Championships

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

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

The challenge is simple. Create a bold, original item using Mastercam. Mastercam's Wildest Parts Competition challenges students to design and make something that is, well, wild. We're looking for high quality parts that either haven't been done before or have never been done like that before. Our challenge is for students to break the mold, think outside the box, and cut outside the lines.

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.