Santa Cruz Teen Tech Challenge


Our Mission is to engage a diverse group of Santa Cruz students in STEM, empowering them with the knowledge that they too can create the next hit app by learning and applying the tools used by professionals.

When: Saturday, March 10th, from 8am - 9pm

Where: The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History(MAH)

Who: Students from grades 6th-12th




Youth Design Competition (7th-9th grades)

Have an amazing idea? Bring it to life and share it with the world! 


Teen Design Competition  (10th-12th grades)

Entries will be judged on by our Judges with respect to:

  • Creativity/Originality
  • Practicality
  • Presentation

Movement Competition

Is there a problem you want to solve? Help  us make our community a better place through technology!

Entries will be judged on by our Judges with respect to:

  • Benefit to Humanity
  • Creativity/Originality
  • Practicality
  • Presentation

Q & A

What is a Design Competition?

A design competition is where you can build out your ideas, network, and show off your skills. This event consists of forming teams, choosing an idea, building it out, and showing it off at the end. Students, sponsors, mentors, and judges gather together to push the limits of what you can build, only limited by your imagination.

Who can participate? 

Students in 6th - 12th grade! Students must be 11 years or older to attend. This event is open to coders, designers, artists, program managers, and anyone else who wants to create! No prior coding or technical experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome to participate in the design competition!

How many people can be in a team?

Each team can have a maximum of 4 students.

How much does it cost to attend?

$10 per students. 

Where will the raised money go?

It will be used to pay for direct event expenses. Any funds remaining after the event has concluded will be donated.

Can I get a scholarship to attend?

Yes! There will be scholarships available when you register.

What are the prizes?

Undecided, but awesome.

How can I prepare?

Check out our Coding Resources section or attend one of Code Naturally's workshops.

What if I would like to be a part of staff, mentor, or judge?

Stupendous! We would love to have you as a staff member, mentor, or judge. Send us an email at telling us a little about yourself, and why you'd be a good judge.

What if I would like to sponsor?

Amazing! Our sponsor pamphlet can be found here. Please also contact us at and we can discuss the best way for your organization to get involved.

Have More Questions? 

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