The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit plans and supports county-wide programs and events to enhance student experiences outside of the classroom and to encourage excellence. MCIU is host to several regional events and competitions that move students forward to state and national recognition. All events are open to public and non-public school students.

Update on 2020-21 School Year Events: 

Most events will be running during the 2020-21 school year. All events will be held virtually and more information will be released soon.


Event Date(s) Grades Description

24 Math Tournament

May 11 – 12, 2021 (Grades 4 – 5)

May 14 & May 17, 2021 (Grades 6 –  8)


4 – 8 The 24 Math Tournament is typically held in May of each year and hosts elementary and middle school students (grades 4/5, and 6-8) from Montgomery County. Playing the 24 Challenge® game provides children with an opportunity to develop pattern sensing, problem-solving, and mental math skills. In addition, this program also offers a common ground for learning, communicating, and embracing the spirit of competition.


February 10, 2021 (Grades 7 – 8, students should be in Algebra I or above)

February 11, 2021 (Grades 9 – 12, students should be in Algebra II or above)


7 – 12

CalcuSolve is a student event that tests students’ problem-solving skills related to mathematics. Students participate both individually and as part of a 4-member team.

During the course of the event, there will be two (2) team problems and seven (7) individual problems for students to work on. For more details regarding the content and format of the event, please go to the Event Info and Resources page.


Dream It, Design It! 

Winter Dates:

January 12, 2021 (MS)

January 13, 2021 (ES)


Spring Dates:

April 21, 2021 (HS)

May 5, 2021 (MS)

May 19, 2021, (ES)


4 – 12  A true design challenge for students in grades 4-12! Teams of students will come to the MCIU and be asked to complete a design challenge on the spot.

Governors’ STEM  February 19, 2021 9 – 12

Teams of students from across the commonwealth will be challenged to research, present, and design a device/project that can make the quality of life better for citizens of Pennsylvania.

High school teams will be provided a $500 stipend to design and build a prototype of their device/project that can accomplish a series of tasks, provide a solution to a community based problem, and improves the lives of Pennsylvanians.

K’nex Design Challenge

This event will not run during the 2020-21 School Year.


4 – 7 Teams of students (up to four) will be given a challenge in the fall to design and build a K’Nex structure.  They will create a blueprint and narrative about their structure and then will be asked to build it at the competition.

PA Regional Academic Competition March 9 – 10, 2021 9-12 The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit hosts the Regional Academic Competition to select a single high school team to represent Montgomery County at the Pennsylvania Academic Competition to be held in Harrisburg.  Each school district may send one academic team of six students, with four students competing in each round against other Montgomery County high school students.  Questions will be drawn from Literature, American History, Contemporary Events, World History, Potpourri, and Science and will cover all time periods.  No study syllabus is required.

PA Regional Media and Design Competition

April 8, 2021


6 – 12 The Pennsylvania Media and Design Competition is an annual event, typically held in March or April, that highlights Pennsylvania school students’ application skills and computer knowledge. Students are able to unleash their creativity, learn how to convey information more dynamically, and enhance the learning process.

Reading Olympics March 2021 – April 2021 4 – 12

MCIU Reading Olympics is a countywide reading event that encourages students to increase the quality and quantity of books they read for enjoyment.  The Reading Olympics Program is based upon the belief that good reading habits form the foundation for a productive and successful life.