Competition in problem-solving exercises


The STEM Games problem-solving competition presents a chance to the students of STEM area institutions to put their skills and knowledge to test by solving engineering problems. For each of the four STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) there is an Arena in which teams of students try to find an optimal solution for a problem in that field. The problems are devised in such a way that allows students to choose their Arena based on their competences, independently of the institution they're studying at. We encourage teams that consist of students studying in different fields so that they can address the problems from multiple points of view.

In contrast to other student competitions where students take exams testing curricular knowledge, our problems are more practical and creative in nature. They require students to use an engineering approach and all the knowledge they gained during their study. The problems competitors will have to tackle are related to this year's main theme, which is "Life as We Know It" and asks questions about the sustainability of our life on this planet.



In the pre-application process, a participant can choose up to two Arenas to compete in; however, a participant can compete only in one Arena. Arenas are to be chosen by the competition priority.

Selection carried out at faculties

Upon the pre-application process, faculties will carry out their internal selections and send a list of selected participants to STEM Games organizers.

Team formation

Upon participants' selection, teams are to be formed. Teams are interdisciplinary which means that teams can be formed of students studying at different higher education institutions at the same university.

STEM Games Arenas

20190427 – STEM Games logo – Arena S – bijeli tekst

Science Arena

Science Arena is aimed at students studying in the fields of Natural and Biotechnical Sciences and the corresponding fields and branches.

20190427 – STEM Games logo – Arena T – bijeli tekst

Technology Arena

Technology Arena is aimed at students studying in the field of Technical Sciences and the corresponding fields and branches of digital and computer technologies.

20190427 – STEM Games logo – Arena E – bijeli tekst

Engineering Arena

Engineering Arena is aimed at students studying in the field of Technical Sciences and the corresponding fields and branches of electrical and mechanical engineering.

20190427 – STEM Games logo – Arena M – bijeli tekst

Mathematics Arena

Mathematics Arena is aimed at students studying in the field of Natural Sciences and the corresponding fields and branches.

Student Testimonials

I like that we apply knowledge, instead of just studying and taking exams.

It was fantastic that we were offered so many facilities unrelated to competition itself, all organized in such a way that I could make it to anything I wanted. Bravo!

Superb organization, for all praise. Great accommodation and top quality food.

All of the organization was on a respectable level and nothing much should be changed.

Everything was absolutely awesome. Especially since it was your first time and you exceeded all expectations!

The location and accommodation were outstanding, honest congrats for the organization, everything was good.

Despite much rivalry between institutions, at the end of the day we're still a large young community united by the common goal of getting a degree.

Concerts, variety of institutions, entertainment, socializing, experience.

Kudos for the idea of our own resort, it was as if we were in a large commune. Very good organization, especially for a debut. I want to congratulate all the colleagues that invested months in this project on a job done extremely well.

Frequently asked questions

Yes! In order to compete in any of the Arenas, you need your own laptop. You will be provided with a power supply and a internet connection.

No. Teams will be formed in the month prior to the competition so you will have an opportunity to speak to colleagues who you want to be in a team with.

Yes. If your higher education institution selects you as competitors, you can apply as a team during the application process. During the team formation process, you will have an opportunity to communicate with other candidates and apply as a team.

Upon the pre-application process, you will be provided with all relevant information via e-mail.

No, it is not possible for an individual to participate in problem-solving exercises and sporting competitions because they will take place simultaneously.

Science Arena: 3-4 members

Technology Arena: 3-4 members

Engineering Arena: 3-5 members

Mathematics Arena: 3-4 members

You can. When filling out your application you can select up to two Arenas of interest. It will then be up to the representatives of your institution to decide where they have room for you.

Unfortunately, you can’t. The competitions take place at the same time, so participation in Arenas is mutually exclusive.

You can find a list of competencies expected for each of the Arenas on their respective pages on this site.