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.

2019-20 MCIU Student Event Flyer

Event Date(s) Grades Description

Governors’ STEM

 February 21, 2020

Snow Date: March 6, 2020

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.

Academic Competition

March 17, 2020

Snow Date: March 31, 2020

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.

K’nex Design Challenge

Grades 4 – 5: March 2, 2020

Snow Date: March 24, 2020


Grades 6 – 7: March 3, 2020

Snow Date: March 25, 2020


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 have from October until March to create a blueprint and narrative about their structure and then will be asked to build it at the competition.

Media and Design Competition (formerly Computer Fair)

March 10, 2020

Snow Date: March 13, 2020

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 2020 – April 2020

See specific dates here.


Held at schools throughout Montgomery County.

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.

24 Math Tournament

May 26, 2020  (Grades 4-5)

May 27, 2020 (Grades 6-8)

4 – 8


Dream It, Design It! 

January 9, 2020

Snow Date: January 28, 2020

4 – 5  A true design challenge for students in grades 4-5! Teams of students will come to the MCIU and be asked to complete a design challenge on the spot.