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Team Selection/Commitment

One district team of up to five students (grades 9 through 12) will be selected from each district/Local Education Agency (LEA) to compete at the Regional Qualifying Competition. An LEA includes public school districts, private schools, career and technical education centers, home schooled students, and charter schools.

By November 19, 2018, please acknowledge your team’s commitment to participating in a Regional Qualifying Competition along with your student/team members information by completing the registration form.

Advisor

One team advisor must be identified for each participating team. This individual will work with the team as a mentor/coach. The role of advisor includes:

  • supervising work sessions,
  • providing support, and
  • facilitating 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.

Please note that the advisor will also assist in connecting the team to a local business/organization in the community for support.

Funding

Registrants will receive a $500 stipend to design and build their prototype/device. Stipends will be distributed to schools via the regional Intermediate Unit (IU) pending commitment to participation in the regional qualifying competition. Schools are responsible for disbursement of funds to the team advisor as requested. Please contact your regional IU for further information.

Teams are not required to spend the entire $500 stipend but must account for funds as part of the budget document.

Any team that drops out of the competition, failing to participate at the regional level, will be required to immediately return the full amount of the stipend. Advisors are required to send an email to pastemcomp@gmail.com that provides documentation of this decision so the team can be removed from all STEM documentation and publications. Checks should be made out to “PDE” and sent to:

Loraine Spangler, Administrative Officer
Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126
lspangler@pa.gov

Each regional team that advances to the state competition will be provided an additional $750 stipend. Stipend disbursement will follow the same guidelines stated prior. Teams must implement potential improvements as outlined in their regional project presentation.

Registration

Team Commitment and Student Registration

The process of indicating a team’s commitment of participation, registering the final school team, the project title, and information for each member of the team must be completed by the advisor no later than November 19, 2018. 

Student Permission Forms 

Each team member must complete and have a signed permission form prior to the regional qualifying competition. Signed permission forms must be returned to the regional Intermediate Unit point of contact no later than January 31, 2019. View a list of contacts at each Intermediate Unit.   

  • The advisor should complete a permission form (PDF) for each team member.
  • Teams are responsible for transportation to and from the regional qualifying competition and the state competition.

Funding

Registrants will receive a $500 stipend to design and build their prototype/device. Stipends will be distributed to schools via the regional Intermediate Unit (IU) pending commitment to participation in the regional qualifying competition. Schools are responsible for disbursement of funds to the team advisor as requested. Please contact your regional IU for further information.

Teams are not required to spend the entire $500 stipend but must account for funds as part of the budget document.

Any team that drops out of the competition, failing to participate at the regional level, will be required to immediately return the full amount of the stipend. Advisors are required to send an email to pastemcomp@gmail.com that provides documentation of this decision so the team can be removed from all STEM documentation and publications. Checks should be made out to “PDE” and sent to:

Loraine Spangler, Administrative Officer
Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126

Each regional team that advances to the state competition will be provided an additional $750 stipend. Stipend disbursement will follow the same guidelines stated prior. Teams must implement potential improvements as outlined in their regional project presentation.