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Notice for the Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Board of School Directors Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Bucks IU Board of School Directors will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm.  Per the Bucks IU Health and Safety plan in response to COVID-19, the meeting will be held virtually and is open to the public.

To join the meeting, please use the following information.  If you have not used Zoom before, you may need to follow the program instructions to download the application prior to being able to join the meeting.  You may also join the meeting via audio conference only using the Call-in number and Webinar ID below:

Zoom (online video and audio)
Passcode: bucksiu

Audio only conference
Call-in: 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 999 2738 1475

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2021 STEM Design Challenge

The acronym STEM - Science Technology Engineering Math - with graphic icons for each area of study
A Virtual Event for Bucks County Students

Student teams, grouped by grades 4-5 and 6-8, will be given this year’s specific design challenge.  This year we are asking students to create their project using recyclable materials or K’Nex. Each team will need to create and submit a design notebook and a blueprint prior to their regional competition. They will also need to prepare a presentation (max 2 minutes) on their model and how they answered the challenge. The winners of each grade level competition will advance on to the Pennsylvania state competition.

See the full problem details here:

Important Dates

STEAM design showing notebook and poster of design details as well as the assembled project.

December 4,2020 – January 15, 2021: Registration for Schools. As this is virtual, there are no limits on registrations!

Monday, March 8, 2021 (5pm): Teams must submit their recorded presentation and all accompanying files (logistics/ platform of this will be shared with registered schools in February 2021).

Wednesday, March 24, 2021: A group of semi-finalist teams will be invited for a synchronous virtual judging session. 

Friday, March 26, 2021: at 12 noon will be a Special LIVE Virtual Event to announce awards.

Chaperone Information for Bucks County Competition:

If a school or school district would like to participate in the Bucks County STEM Design Challenge, they must send at least one designated judge to the competition (a STEM professional from their community, a lead STEM teacher, etc.).  From the pool of judges, a small group will be invited to be part of the semi-final judging. All judges will be invited to the awards ceremony!

Platform information will be shared in February 2021.