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​State Competition

 Teams that successfully move on to the statewide competition will implement improvements as identified in their regional competition project plans. Teams will receive a stipend to make any modifications listed in their project plan, as well as any additional improvements that the stipend allows. Teams will then have from the end of their regional competition until April 27, 2018 to modify their innovation. 
 
The statewide STEM competition will be held at a centrally-located location on May 18, 2018. The one-day competition will be comprised of a written proposal, video journal, and a presentation and will be evaluated by a panel of three judges.
 
PHASE 1: Prototype and Project Plan - Version 2.0 (20 minutes) – Teams that have advanced to the statewide competition will implement improvements as identified in their regional competition project plans. Teams will receive a stipend of $750 to make any modifications listed in their project plan, as well as any additional improvements that the stipend allows. Teams will then have from March 16, 2018 through April 27, 2018 to make the necessary modifications. To ensure equity, teams will not be permitted more than $750 worth of equipment in their prototype. This includes any materials/components that are donated to the team. For example, a project cannot include a $1,500 component that was donated by a community sponsor. Any team that exceeds the allotted budget will be subject to a significant point reduction.

To support their creation, each team will present a written project plan to the panel of judges. The plan should provide information on how the team identified a need for their invention, a budget with an explanation of any materials purchased, any obstacles they overcame to complete the project, how each team member contributed to the project, highlight the STEM skills used to generate the solution to their community based problem, and make STEM content connections to the project based experience. Teams will also be asked to provide a sense of scale for their prototype. Teams will demonstrate the calculations necessary to scale-up their prototype/project for commercial production. As a final component of the project plan, students will provide a brief explanation of any improvements they would like to incorporate into their project beyond the competition.

Students will present their creations to the panel of judges and justify the modifications implemented in their project, as well as the additional cost of those modifications. Students will be judged on the practicality of their improvements, the STEM skills used to identify and make the improvements, the thought process used to identify areas of improvement and the level to which modifications improved the device.
 
Teams will explain to a panel of judges what STEM-related skills and/or careers could mass produce their prototype for all Pennsylvanians. Teams will additionally define the STEM skills that enabled the team to successfully redesign the device. Finally, each team will describe how their device would help an individual, their community or all Pennsylvanians.