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Team Selection

 
Teams of five high school students (grade 9 to grade 12) will be selected from each interested Local Education Agency (LEA) to compete in the commonwealth’s statewide STEM Competition. An LEA includes public school districts, private schools, career and technical education centers, and charter schools. Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Teams can include:
  • up to five high school students currently enrolled in the LEA, and
  • one team mentor/coach approved by the LEA’s high school.
There will be a limit of 150 schools participating on a first come, first-served basis.
 

Advisor

Each team must have an advisor that is approved by the participating school to serve in this capacity. This individual will work with the team as an advisor, but may not directly help with the development of the team’s solution. The role of the advisor is to supervise work sessions, provide support, and facilitate positive collaboration and teamwork. Judges reserve the right to disqualify or deduct points from any team that is found to have violated the rules or the spirit of the rules.
 

Team registration

Schools must complete the team registration link by October 27, 2017. Registration and competition packets containing key information including permission slips and rubrics are available on the website.
 
Team Registration Link:
To register, the final school team to compete in the regional competition, each team member must register by Friday December 8, 2017 and have a signed permission form from his/her parent or guardian to the Team Advisor by by Friday, December 8, 2017.
 
Team Member / Student Registration Link:
The team must also have a signed permission form from the LEA’s superintendent, school principal, and teacher mentor/coach. Each of these signed forms must be returned to the hosting IU before Friday December 8, 2017.
 
Teams are responsible for their transportation to and from all competitions.
 

Funding

All registered schools will receive $500 stipends to design and build a prototype of their prototype/device. Stipends will be provided to school principals, who will disperse funds to the school team as requested. Teams are not required to spend the entire $500 stipend, but must account for funds as part of its budget document. Any team that drops out of the competition and does not participate in the regional competition will be required to immediately return the full amount of the stipend.
 
Once teams reach the state competition, they will be given an additional allotment of $750, and must implement potential improvements as outlined in their regional project presentation.