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​State Competition

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Teams that successfully move on to the statewide competition will implement improvements through the $750 stipend. These improvements will have been identified in the original competition device/project documentation. Please note that any funding received from local business partners or community members must be documented and deducted from the $750 stipend. Teams will then have from the end of their regional qualifying competition until the state competition in May to modify their device. 

The 2020 Governor's STEM Competition will be held May 7–8 at the Dixon University Center, which is located at: 2986 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

The two-day competition will be comprised of two phases and each phase will be evaluated by a panel of judges. View the rubric for more information. The two phases must include a device/project documentation detailing improvements made since the regional qualifying competition. Additionally, teams will be required to submit a five-minute video journal documenting the development of their device/prototype. A 20-minute presentation is also required.

  • Phase 1- Device/Project Documentation: 1,000-word document and five-minute video journal submitted prior to the state competition. Please send these materials to Charlie Trovato ( by April 24, 2020.
  • Phase 2- Device/Project Presentation: 20-minute presentation during the state competition


Rules for PHASE 1: Device/Project Documentation

  • Update of original device/project documentation to detail improvements made since completion of regional qualifying competition.
  • Iterations of device may not exceed more than $750 worth of equipment in their prototypes (this includes any materials/components that are donated to the team). Proof of purchase for all components used in the creation of the device is required.  *Please note that any team that exceeds the allotted budget will be subject to a significant point reduction.
  • Video documentation of the development of the device/prototype throughout the duration of this project (please include obstacles your team overcame while completing the project and team member contributions).
  • Project documentation will be evaluated based on the criteria outlined in the rubric.

Rules for PHASE 2: Device/Project Presentation

  • Demonstrate device to a panel of judges.
  • Articulate the purpose of the device to address a local community need and how it benefits to Pennsylvanians.
  • Document and communicate the Engineering Design Process.
  • Showcase craftsmanship and creativity of the device.
  • Explain scalability of the device for mass production (including calculations).
  • Articulate a plan for spending beyond the $750 for mass production of the device for all Pennsylvanians following the state competition. 
  • Visual / media graphics are used throughout the presentation.
  • Oral communication skills include organization of content, fluency, and confidence.
  • All members of the team should have a role in the oral presentation.

State Rubric


The state competition will be held May 7-8, 2020, at the Dixon University Center, which is located at: 2986 North Second St, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Lodging will be provided to all participating students and teacher sponsors for Thursday, May 1. Those teams who are traveling 100 miles or more for the state finals may request lodging for Wednesday, May 6.  All Wednesday night lodging must be pre-approved.  Please send an email to for more information on lodging.

Contact Information


Mr. Christopher Cherny

Assistant Director for Personnel Services – Educational Consultants, PaTTAN

Mrs. Deborah Wire

Competition Coordinator

Mr. Charlie Trovato

Professional Development Specialist, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12
​Mrs. Melissa Howell
​Customer Service Representative, PaTTAN

Mr. Judd Pittman

Special Consultant to the Secretary of Education for STEM, PDE

​Mr. Sergio Anaya
​Program Director, MTSS & STEM/Computer Science, PaTTAN