University Programs

Student SteelDay Scavenger Hunt


Update: Winners Announced

Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 SteelDay Scavenger Hunt! We would like to recognize and congratulate the following winners:

If you have not yet received our personal message of congratulations, please e-mail for information about claiming your prize.

The panel of AISC judges also acknowledges the following participants for honorable mention: @aiscuprm (University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez), @aitch_li (University of Kansas), @friedenben (Saint Louis University), @ioannispeiralis (University of Illinois at Chicago), @prysum (California Polytechnic University), @q_tip1222 (University of Kansas), and @rivettesandshearstuds (Saint Louis University). 

We hope the experience was riveting and that you enjoyed hunting for the steel-related items. Stay tuned for future contests exclusively for students!

Attention all students!

SteelDay is Friday, September 27, and we want you to join the party as we celebrate the structural steel industry! Every year, steel mills, fabrication plants, and all sorts of other facilities open their doors on SteelDay to show the world how proud they are to be part of this industry. This can be a great opportunity for students, architecture, engineering and construction professionals, and others to gain a deeper understanding of what goes into building the nation's future.

We know the start of the fall term can be a busy time for students, so we're making it easy for you to participate in SteelDay through an Instagram scavenger hunt. Lace up your sneakers, charge your phone, and get ready to have some fun!

You can also tour a steel mill, a fabrication shop, or many other facilities for free on SteelDay. Visit for more information.


We'll publish a list of steel-related items here starting on Monday, September 16 at 8:00 a.m. Central time. Your challenge is to find as many items as you can. When you find an item, snap a selfie with it. Post the photo to Instagram with the hashtags #SteelDayScavHunt and #WeAreSteel and also tag your school.

An important note: Make sure your Instagram profile is public so we can see it!

All entries must be posted to Instagram by the end of SteelDay, Friday, September 27 at 11:59 p.m. (Central).

Click here to download the printable PDF of this information to take along with you on your scavenger hunt!


  1. The Steel Construction Manual with a campus landmark
  2. Historic Steel Construction Manual (Bonus point if you submit an edition that's older than anyone else's!)
  3. Selfie while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  4. Steel bridge
  5. Curved steel member 
  6. Hollow structural steel (HSS) member
  7. The Seismic Design Manual
  8. Riveted steel surface 
  9. Architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS) member
  10. Entry for "steel" in a printed encyclopedia
  11. Steel member with fireproofing
  12. Your school's mascot holding the Steel Construction Manual

You must be in each photo, and your Instagram submission can be submitted as individual pictures or as a photo series. Remember to include the hashtags #SteelDayScavHunt and #WeAreSteel and to also tag your school. Remember to make sure your Instagram profile is public so we can see it!

Click here
to download the printable PDF of this information to take along with you on your scavenger hunt!


All eligible entries will be reviewed by a panel of AISC judges and scored based on the number of correct items found. The top three scores will earn prizes, and we'll also award a prize to the single most creative photo. Lucky winners will be selected to choose one of the following prizes:

  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Bluetooth Headphones
  • Amazon Echo Smart Speaker

If there is a tie, quality and creativity of photos will be considered. Winners must be located within the U.S.

Winners will be announced on Monday, October 7.

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