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
- 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.
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.
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
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
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.