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​State Competition

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

The 2021 Governor's STEM Competition will be held virtually May 6 in Harrisburg, PA.

The 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 device or project documentation detailing improvements made since the regional qualifying competition.  Additionally, teams will be required to submit a written proposal and a multimedia presentation no longer than 20 minutes in length.  Virtual competition guidelines will be shared with all state competition finalists after the conclusion of the regional competition.

  • Phase 1 – Device or Project Documentation: 1,000-word document submitted prior to the state competition.
  • Phase 2 – Device or Project Presentation: 20-minute max presentation submitted prior to the state competition.
      • Please send these materials to Charlie Trovato ( by April 24, 2021.


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 the stipend amount 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.
  • 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 virtually through a submitted multimedia presentation.
  • Articulate the purpose of the device to address a local community need and its benefit 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 stipend 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 virtually on May 6, 2021 in Harrisburg, PA.

Contact Information

Mr. Christopher ChernyAssistant Director for Personnel Services – Educational Consultants,
Mrs. Deborah WireCompetition Coordinator
Mr. Charlie TrovatoProfessional Development Specialist, Lincoln Intermediate
Mrs. Melissa HowellCustomer Service Representative,
Mr. Judd PittmanSpecial Consultant to the Secretary of Education for STEM,