• stem

    Friday, March 6, 2020
    Snow Date: March 27, 2020
    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 6, 2020 with a snow date of March 27, 2020. 
    2020 Challenge
    By conserving energy, we can reduce air and water pollution, lower our electric bill and create a healthier planet. Your team’s challenge is to create a way of conserving energy in the future. For example, transforming energy from one object to power another or creating a new type of energy to power a city. Create a model of your energy conservation idea out of K’Nex pieces. 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.  Strings and rubber bands may also 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.
    • The model is a representation of your idea. Each team will need to create a presentation (2 minute maximum) that describes their idea in more detail.
    • Projects must fit on a 6 foot long table.
    • No water or other live objects may be used.
    • Teams may use background materials, but those will not be judged as part of the project.
    • 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
    • Creativity
    • Teamwork
    • Challenge Success
    • Design
    • 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 19, 2020 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. Is there an opportunity to receive a free K'Nex kit?  CIU 20 has a very limited number of free kits to distribute, and they will be distributed after registration has closed.
    2. Can we use water? No water or other live objects may be used.
    3. Can we bring technology devices to show blueprint?  Yes, students may bring technology devices to display blueprints. Please make sure all devices are charged.
    4. 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
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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. 
    8. 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.
    9. As for the narrative in the rubric, is this to be a typed document and is there a specific required format for the narrative?  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 Christiana Davey: cdavey@ciu20.org.  We would like to have all questions in writing so that we can appropriately update the "Frequently Asked Questions" for all participants.