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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.