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Teams that successfully move on to the statewide competition will implement improvements through the $750 stipend. These improvements were 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 statewide competition will be held at a centrally-located location in May. Find out more information on the location of the state competition. 

The two-day competition will be comprised of two phases and each phase will be evaluated by a panel of judges. See the rubric for details. The two phases must include a device/project document 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 twenty minute presentation is also required.

  • Phase 1- Device/Project Documentation: 1,000 word document and 5-minute video journal submitted prior to the state competition. Please send these materials to Deb Wire ( by April 26, 2019.
  • 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 their device to a panel of judges.
  • Articulate the purpose of the device to address a local community need and how it benefits 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.

State Rubric

Location (TBD)

Lodging will be provided at no cost to the district if your team is traveling more than 100 miles to the state competition.  This lodging will only be available for the night prior to the start of the state competition.  Please contact Mrs. Deborah Wire ( for more information regarding lodging.

Contact Information

Name Title Email

Mr. Christopher Cherny

Assistant Director for Personnel Services – Educational Consultants | PaTTAN

Mrs. Deborah Wire

Competition Coordinator

Mr. Charlie Trovato

Program Administrator  |  BCIU

Mr. Judd Pittman

Special Consultant to the Secretary of Education for STEM  |  PDE