2014/2015 Governor's JOBS1st PA STEM Competition


Pennsylvania is home to some of the most technologically diverse and scientifically sophisticated companies in the world. With these avenues for employment existing in our communities, it is important that students develop an understanding of STEM concepts and gain STEM competencies. The Governor’s JOBS1st PA STEM Competition is an annual, rotating themed academic contest for students in grades 9-12 that is focused on exposing students to STEM concepts, skills, and occupations. This year’s theme is “Building a Stronger Pennsylvania.” The purpose for the competition is to increase STEM-related educational opportunities for students at the regional and state levels. Furthermore, the JOBS1st PA STEM Competition intends to raise awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

Teams of high school students from across the Commonwealth are challenged to select a real-world problem, conduct research, design, build, and present a device that is capable of making the quality of life better for citizens of Pennsylvania. Teams are provided with a $500 stipend to fabricate a prototype of their device. Throughout the challenge, students engage with their local community to learn about STEM careers and the skills necessary to be employable and successful in STEM-related Pennsylvania industries. Specifically, teams shall collaborate with a local company and work with a mentor employed by the business. To culminate the experience, students present their device and findings to a panel of judges. The challenge will test teams’ communication, problem solving, critical thinking skills, and creativity.
Chester County JOBS1st STEM Competition
February 2, 2015 (snow date: February 20)
CCIU, 455 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335
Important Dates:
November 14 - Deadline to submit team roster to IU
November 30 - Deadline to submit Risk Assessment Form and Project Outline
January 19 - Deadline to submit proposal/project plan and detailed budget to the IU
February 2 - Regional Chester County JOBS1st STEM Competition (snow date: February 20)
May 15 - Deadline to submit proposal/project plan and detailed budget to PDE
May 29 - State JOBS1st PA STEM Competition
Contact Information:
Jennifer Shealy, CCIU Special Event Coordinator (through December 2015)
Ashley Boyd, CCIU Special Event Coordinator (January - March 2015)
Ashley Walters, CCIU Event Assistant
Tonia Farnum, CCIU Communications Specialist
Diane Thomson, CCIU Prg Development & Support Coordinator

For more information:

Contact Jennifer Shealy, CCIU special events coordinator, at 484-237-5053.

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