• stem

    Friday, March 1, 2019
    Snow Date: March 8, 2019
    Students in grades 4-8 are challenged to build an object with a certain theme and with specified materials.  Teams design and build the required object for this year's challenge using a blueprint. At the challenge, they will present a narrative report, submit blueprints/cost sheets, and build their object within a certain time limit. This event will be held at NCC Monroe Campus, 2411 PA 715, Tannersville, PA 18372 on March 1, 2019 with a snow date of March 8, 2019. 
    2019 Challenge
    Teams across Pennsylvania are being tasked with creating a machine that will move 3 objects at least 6 inches across a table. The “crane” must pick up the object, move it at least 6 inches and set it back down. Your team can choose the objects that need to be moved. Please consider how environmentally friendly your machine is while presenting about your project. Be creative!
    2016 stem design challenge  
    Who Can Participate?
    Students in grades 4 - 8.  
    • There are two grade categories: Grades 4 - 5 and Grades 6 - 8
    • The competition is limited to 65 teams total. Registration will close once 65 teams have been submitted.
    • 4 students per team 
    • Limited to 6 teams (total) per school district/diocese.
    • If your district / diocese has more than 6 teams that wish to participate, you may still register the names of the additional teams.  These teams will be placed on a waitlist. After registration closes, teams on the waitlist will be addressed in the order they were received. 
    • For student monitoring purposes, a maximum of 8 students per teacher is acceptable, however, we encourage one teacher per team.
    State-Wide Rules 
    • A team of 4 students (maximum) will work together on the project.
    • Each project must use at least 1 motor.
    • Teams may use up to 1400 pieces. Any pieces, as long as they are K’Nex, may be used.
    • Schools must bring their K’Nex kits on the day of the competition.
    • Students will have 2 hours to put together their project at the competition.
    • No pieces may be brought to the competition already joined.
    • Each team will need to bring a journal and a blueprint to the competition.
    • Each team will need to prepare a presentation (max 2 minutes) on their model and how they answered the challenge. 
    • Teams must create a new machine. Using kits that are currently sold will not be rewarded.
    • Projects must fit on a 6 foot long table.
    • Middle school students (Grades 6 - 8 division) will also need to present their inventory. 
      • If a team is using items that aren't included on this inventory list, they need to create their own inventory and prices for those items.  Teams will not be judged on the prices that they create, but their additional price list should be comparable to the one already created.  This facet of the competition is designed to showcase the students' math skills. 
    Judging Criteria  
    Grades 4 - 5 rubric   
    Grades 6 - 8 rubric
    • Design
    • Journal
    • Blueprint
    • Teamwork
    • Creativity
    • Presentation
    • Inventory / Budget (Grades 6 - 8 only) 
    State Competition
    The top team in each division (grades 4-5 and grades 6-8) from the Colonial IU 20 regional competition will be invited to compete in the state competition in May 17, 2019 at Harrisburg University.
    Important Information - Please Review
    • A 3 ft. x 6 ft. table will be provided for each team to build their project at the competition.
    • Lunch will not be provided.  Participants may bring a lunch and / or snack to the event to consume during down time or when the competition is over. There is a large area with tables and chairs. 
    • All students must complete our Photo Release Form: Photo Release Form. Please fax completed forms BEFORE the event to 610-515-6496 or scan and e-mail to cdavey@ciu20.org.
    • Parents are not permitted at the event.  As much as we would love to welcome parents, our capacity at the STEM competition cannot accommodate that many people.
    • Teams must bring their own batteries.
    • Tentative Schedule
      • 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. - Team Arrival and Registration
      • 8:30 a.m. - Welcome & Competition Overview
      • 8:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Student Competition
      • 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Intermission / Final Judging of Projects
      • 11:30 a.m.. - Awards ceremony
      • 11:45 a.m. - Clean up and dismiss

    Frequently Asked Questions 
    1. NEW QUESTION FOR 2019 CHALLENGE- Do the objects that are to be picked up need to be K'Nex?  No.  
    2. NEW QUESTION FOR 2019 CHALLENGE - Can an item be scooped up?  Yes, but it must be scooped off the table.
    3. NEW QUESTION FOR 2019 CHALLENGE - Can an item be pushed?  No.  It must come off the table.
    4. NEW QUESTION FOR 2019 CHALLENGE -Are the students allowed to use their hands to push the object into the container that will be moving it, or does the machine need to pick up the object completely on its own?  Students are allowed to touch the project and there is no rule about putting the object into the container.  However, students may get questioned about that and also lose points in creativity and design.
    5. NEW QUESTION FOR 2019 CHALLENGE - Can string be used?  Yes.  There are some K'Nex kits that have string as part of it, so therefore it is allowed.  The string doesn't need to be "official K'Nex string" - any string will do.
    6. NEW QUESTION FOR 2019 CHALLENGE - Can the students pick up the "crane" after it drops an item and turn it around to go back?  Yes. The students can move the crane, turn on and off motors, etc.
    7. NEW QUESTION FOR 2019 CHALLENGE - Can the "crane" pick up all 3 items at the same time or does it need to do it one at a time? The machine needs to move 1 object at a time.
    8. NEW QUESTION FOR 2019 CHALLENGE - Can we put a tub of water to simulate the ocean and have the crane pick up the objects from the water instead of the table? Yes. The term “table” shall refer to any surface area that the team chooses to use. For example, teams can use a bowl of sand to simulate the beach, turf to simulate the forest, water to simulate a lake or ocean, etc.
    9. Is there any opportunity to get a free K'Nex kit?  The event's sponsor, Thermo Fischer has not yet informed us if they will be purchasing K'Nex kits for the 2019 competition.  It is not recommended to wait to see if a free kit is provided.  Colonial IU 20 has a limited amount of kits available in the IMS lending library.  Visit here for details:  www.ciu20.org/IMS 
    10. Will there be a teacher training this year? There will not be a teacher training held for the 2019 competition.
    11. Are parents allowed to come? Parents are not permitted to attend the STEM Design Challenge. As much as we would love to welcome all parents, our capacity at the event location simply cannot accommodate that many people
    12. Can we bring technology devices to show blueprint?  Yes, students may bring technology devices to display blueprints. Please make sure all devices are charged.  
    13. Can the projects be judged before the 2 hour limit? Yes, students may have their project judged when they are finished, and do not need to wait until the end of the 2 hour limit.  However, projects will be judged only once.
    14. What if our project gets judged before the end of the 2 hour limit? Projects may be judged early, but please make sure your students have something to occupy their time.  There will be tables and lounge areas available.
    15. Is the price of the structure for middle school category judged?  Yes.  This facet of the competition is designed to showcase the students' math skills. 
    16. What type of signage / backdrops / other artwork is permitted? Teams may use a backdrop, or posterboard, but they are not required nor are they judged differently.  Teams will have a 3 ft. x 6 ft. table for their project and any other sort of signage / backdrop / other artwork.  Projects must be kept on the table.
    17. As for the narrative in the rubric, is this to be a typed document and is there a specific required format for the narrative.  We are doing an activities journal - would this be permissible under rubric guidelines.  It does not have to be typed and there is no required format, although typed may be easier for judges to read.  You may use this form if you would like.
    Other Questions?
    Please email Julie Eates with questions:  jeates@ciu20.org.  We would like to have all questions in writing so that we can appropriately update the "Frequently Asked Questions" for all participants.