Regionals: 7 Steps in Project Planning STLP Admin
Seven Steps in Project Planning
Developed by Coordinators for Coordinators
Utilize the following suggested options for helping your STLP design and make their projects. These steps have been developed as a guiding framework by STLP Coordinators and students based upon their experiences with projects at Regionals and State.
Please, consider these steps to be optional and feel free to make use of any, all, or a completely different resources to help guide your projects.
During the start of the project planning phase, a leader (the Coordinator, a Student, an outside facilitator) can lead the discussion on how to plan a project. If a school’s STLP has more than one project, this guide may help the Coordinator plan the projects and manage how to work with student leaders for each project. Schools may have more than one project; however, the registration limit for Regionals is 3 projects (unless school has attained Gold Status or district has Platinum Status)
Remember, although a project team size has no participation limit, each project is confined to providing up to the best 4 students as project representative/presenters to judges at regionals. Consider who will make the strongest presentations for your teams. While your entire team is welcome to attend Regionals or State with the project, remember that the 4 presenters will the only students invited to speak with judges as official representatives.
Brainstorm ideas for projects that would impact the school or community. This is the time for big ideas — don’t focus on costs or feasibility at this stage. Just get your ideas out to the group for discussion. No idea should be disregarded at this step.
As a team, determine projects your school would like to focus upon this year.
Begin to hone in on your main project idea. As you narrow your scope, consider this important question: Do you have any research or data, need or interest by students to support the project?
Often, the most successful projects grow out of an identified need. If there is not evidence to support a need for the project or specific outcome, perhaps the team will want to consider their other ideas developed in Step One.
To ensure a stronger team, the make-up of the team members can be diverse in talent. A team could include: a student that is beginning to learn technology, one who likes to talk about the project, one with technical skills, and one which could teach others about the project. This can make a well-rounded team.
Check with students about sports, AP Testing, other club trips that may affect the student being involved with the presentation of the project at Regionals and at State Championship.
Ask the tough question: Does the project warrant going to Regionals to represent your school in the project category you’ve chosen to compete? If yes, then register project online.
NOTE: The most successful STLP groups hold a classroom, school or district Project Showcase to help determine which projects will be sent on to Regionals. Using the actual Level 1 Rubric, schools that invite other adults to interview students about their projects ahead of Regionals tend to select the strongest candidates that, in turn, tend to make it farther along the Project category (from Regional to State, see “Road to Rupp“)
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