2017/2018 Governor's PA STEM CompetitionThe Governor's PA STEM Competition for Chester County's high school students will be held on Tuesday, February 6, (with snow dates of February 13 and 23) at the Chester County Intermediate Unit, 455 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335.
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 “Improving Pennsylvania 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 SchoolContact Information:Brenda McNeil, CCIU Special Event CoordinatorBrendaM@cciu.org484-237-5053Tonia Farnum, CCIU Communications ManagerToniaF@cciu.org484-237-5355Diane Thomson, CCIU Program Development & Support CoordinatorDianeT@cciu.org484-237-5017