Thomas Cup

Join us for the 8th Annual Thomas Cup!

March 31- April 1, 2023

The Thomas Cup is a free event for Maine high schoolers in which teams of five students compete in science, technology, engineering, and innovation competitions for the chance to win their names on the Thomas Cup and receive scholarships to Thomas College worth up to $10,000 over four years. Competition areas include cyber defense, esports, computer science, and crime scene analysis.

All Maine high school students are welcome to participate, no matter your experience or skillsets. Thomas College professors, staff, and current students will help you succeed, learn, and have fun.

Compete for scholarship money as part of this unique and rewarding opportunity!

Sessions

The Thomas Cyber Hero Experience:

Thomas Cup Teams will tackle a Cyber Challenge that will need no prior knowledge by listening to a 30-minute presentation where teams will learn about the latest threats that face them and their families.

Teams will avoid the new cyber security threats and traps that may harm them. Teams will also hunt down a problem that is hiding on a machine.  The best teams will have regular computer skills used at school and home, use the 30 minutes presentation details, collaborate within the team, and be able to be able to search the internet.

Who’s the Big Con in Conservation Law:

Thomas Cup participants are given 5 suspects and approximately 10 conservation law enforcement scenarios (e.g., trapping violations, hunting violations, and fishing violations). Through their knowledge of outdoor activities and/or their research of open-source references (e.g., Maine Hunting and Fishing Laws), participants will determine who the major violator (“The Big Con”) is across all scenarios. Although several suspects will have a violation or two, The Big Con will amass over ½ dozen violations and be well on his or her way to a state or federal hoosegow. 

Thomas Cup League of Legends Tournament:

The Thomas Cup Esports Competition session is a League of Legends tournament (Teams of 5). The participating teams will be put into 4 groups of 4 and compete in a Round Robin within their groups to be seeded based on record within the group 1-4. The teams will then be placed into a single elimination bracket where they will compete against each other for placement and points in the Thomas Cup.

Robot Race:

Put your problem-solving skills to the test as your team programs a sensor-equipped Arduino robot to travel through a course requiring some tricky maneuvering, racing against time and other teams.  New to programming?  No problem!   We’ll provide training and support, getting you up to speed on the coding skills your team needs to win the race.

Innovation Challenge:

Use your team’s collective common sense, experience and critical thinking to tackle and solve a proposed Innovation Challenge question.  Teams will only be allowed to use the materials and resources that are provided to them at the event and must effectively utilize the Innovative Method of Build – Measure – Learn to solve the problem at hand and compete against the other teams to earn the most points.

Schedule

March 31, 2023

  • 5:00 PM – Arrival and Set Up
  • 6:15 PM – Opening Ceremony

April 1, 2023

  • 9:00 AM – Closing Ceremony and Awards
  • 9:30 AM – Event Concludes

Registration

Registration is open to teams of five students. Each participant must complete their own registration form, providing their team’s name and contact information for a chaperone.

Please note: if you or your team previously registered for the December Thomas Cup event, your registration will carry over to this date.

Questions

Please reach out to us at 207-859-1101 or admiss@thomas.edu if you have any questions.