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2016/2017 Governor's PA STEM Competition

Introduction:

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 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 “Making Our Lives Better Through STEM” The purpose of the competition is to increase STEM-related educational opportunities for students at the regional and state levels. Furthermore, the PA STEM Competition intends to raise awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.


Challenge:
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 2016 Winner: Conestoga High School
 
 
Contact Information:
Jennifer Shealy, CCIU Special Event Coordinator
JenniferSh@cciu.org
484-237-5053
 
 
Tonia Farnum, CCIU Communications Manager
ToniaF@cciu.org
484-237-5355
 
Diane Thomson, CCIU Program Development & Support Coordinator
DianeT@cciu.org
484-237-5017
 


For more information:

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