Developing an interest in engineering concepts through competitive, fun activities is a powerful way to expose students to STEM career pathways. The Pennsylvania State University Electro Optics Center (EOC) is using its expertise in unmanned sensor systems to establish the Sea, Land and Air Challenge to provide the next generation of engineers and technicians hands on experience with engineering technologies. The goal of this challenge is to provide regional high school students with experience in the design, integration, and testing of sensors (e.g. cameras, temperature sensors, GPS) into remote control vehicles. Student interaction with engineering mentors will expose them to a ‘real-world’ engineering process and help incorporate scientific skills with hands-on experience. The experience will excite students to pursue STEM education and open a doorway to a wide range of educational and career opportunities.