Micro-Electric Vehicle Competition


Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are a central focus of SAE Detroit Sections’ K-12 programs. This competition provides an opportunity for students to build a mini-vehicle and compete with other schools for cash prizes.

There are three award categories in the competition: Performance, Design, Overall Winning School, and Rookie. The Performance Competition is a multi-heat, double elimination head-to-head race. The Design Competition is based on a written paper and an oral presentation. The Overall Winning School Competition is based on accumulated total points per school from both the Performance and Design events. Teams must build a small vehicle to be powered by one AA alkaline battery capable of pulling a weighted trailer up a steep incline faster than the other competitors to advance.

Teachers can prepare for this competition as an after-school activity or part of a classroom curriculum.


Overall Winning Schools
First Place – $2,000
Second Place – $1,500
Third Place – $1,000

Performance (Top Three Teams)
First Place – $200
Second Place – $150
Third Place – $100

Design (Top Three Teams)
First Place – $200
Second Place – $150
Third Place – $100

Rookie $500

For schools who have never participated in the competition. The school with the highest number of points in the performance or design category will win this award.

Important Note: The first top ten schools registered and in attendance at the competition will receive a $100 travel stipend. Must be present to receive this award.

2019 Micro-Electric Vehicle Competition Winners

For more information, email  Roxanne Loeffler or (248) 324-4445 ext. 3.