Held at eight different locations around Kentucky, the STLP Regionals are the first of the Big 3 STLP Events. Students, K-12, present projects to judges (Level 1) with hopes of qualifying for State (Level 2 and – potentially – Level 3).
Candidates interested in serving on one of several Service Teams at State will interview at Regionals.
Project Based Learning At It’s Best
Since the beginning of STLP, the concept of project based learning has been at the core of the program. Showcase Projects offer an opportunity for STLP students to observe a need in their school or community and utilize technology to develop and implement a solution. This journey is based on the vision of the students and, with the guidance of the STLP Coordinator/Teacher, active, authentic, cooperative and inquiry-based learning will occur throughout the process.
There is NOT an expectation that projects brought to Regionals are completed — only that they are in progress.
Regional Qualifier (Level 1) judging is an opportunity for teams to convince judges that their project idea and development plan is strong enough to get invited back to Semifinal (Level 2) judging at the State Championship. Be ready to discuss how your project will grow if judges give you the additional 4 months to work on it before State.
Spend time reviewing and becoming familiar with the Showcase Project rubrics.
Each level builds up on the STLP/ISTE Technology Standards, but each level judges will be looking for specific items. A score of 85 out of 100 is required for a project to be invited from Regionals to compete at State. Remember: the rubric is not just for the judges — it’s your team’s ticket to knowing exactly how to prepare for your presentation at Regionals.
Project Planner requires self reflection and asks for specific information. Take the time to complete the Planner and be prepared to answer questions about your Planner with the judges. Be certain to display one copy of your Planner at your presentation area. Be certain to hand additional copies of your completed Project Planner to judges, as well. (Easy points you don’t want to miss out on!)
Each project is being scored against the rubric. They are NOT being scored against other projects from other schools or other grade levels.
Judges could possibly move from scoring a 9-12 level technical project directly to a K-5 service project — it doesn’t matter because each project has an equal chance to reach the 85 (or more) score to qualify for State
The Presentation Experience is not the single most important piece of your Showcase Project. Having a great looking, well organized and informative presentation space (often referred to as “the board”) is an important part, but it’s still only part of what judges are looking for. Show that you care and put thought into your presentation space and the overall experience for judges. You can see what some presentation spaces looked like at previous Regional events (previously called Fall Showcases) [icon name=”icon-external-link”]HERE.
Power is provided near tables — but bring your own extensions and power strips.
Power in each location is limited, so please refrain from unnecessarily using power to charge personal devices not associated with your project. Note: Tables at Regionals are not a standard size, but generally are 5′ to 6′ in length. In some circumstances, table space may be shared with another project team.
Wireless connectivity is available at each location – but occasionally, those networks can become overwhelmed and cause the network to drop or give intermittent connections. Many times, this is caused by people cluttering the network with their personal devices not associated with projects. Bottom line: be prepared to present without an internet connection. We will continue to work with Regional hosts to strengthen connectivity, but be ready with a back up plan!
Practice with real adults before coming to Regionals.
The secret formula to success at Regionals is to hold a school wide or district wide pre/practice event. Statistics support the notion that teams which have had an opportunity to present their projects locally tend to qualify for State Semifinal (Level 2) judging more often. In fact, most of our Best in State project over the past 3 years come from schools or districts that give teams a pre-Regional presentation opportunity.
Each school is responsible for supplying at least one judge for Regional.
Although all STLP events are free, each school is required to provide one person to act as a judge in order to participate in the day of competition.
A lot of effort goes into making Regionals a great experience for everyone — and the judges play a super-important role in make the day a success. Judges comments alone, can help a team better prepare for the next level of competition — or help a team better understand why they don’t qualify for State. Judges will receive on-site training the morning of the event regarding how to score project, what to look for in a good presentation, and how to gauge a team’s preparedness to thoughtfully discuss their project plans and intended impact. Judges are the last to leave because they will be busy recording final scores and comments. If a school does not provide a judge, the entire school is ineligible for advancing to the Semifinals at State Championship.
Remember, your team consists of the (only up to) 4 most experienced experts regarding your project plan. So, relax. You got this. Just know that the judges are not looking to “get you” on a technicality, or to make you uncomfortable. They are there to help you give the best presentation ever — to help you have a confident, informed, conversation about your project. Whether you are in the development or deployment stage of your project, keep in mind that judges want to help you succeed.
3 Types of Projects
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Projects that impact classroom instruction and help in student or adult learning
Projects that extend outside the classroom to help the school and community
Projects that are specific to the use of hardware, software, STEM topics, or inventions
STLP Regionals in Action
Common Elements of Great Projects
Products and new ideas are often generated from development of the project
Students design, create, develop, and implement the project over time
Students must be able to discuss the project in depth (Age appropriate)
The project is tied to many human and technology resources
Project makes a measurable impact on other persons, the school and/or community
What does the Schedule look like?
Judges arrive and check in
Judges receive training and set up for judging
Project teams enter to set up project spaces.
Service Category candidates sign up for interview time.
Welcome and Judging of all categories (Project & Service Categories)
Showcase is open to public for visitors; teams remain at their table
Once judging is complete, announcement made to pack up
Judge teams discuss & submit comments/scores
Don’t forget to claim your “Regional Qualifier” Level Up badge. Every STLP that attends Regionals earns this badge!
…schools that invite their own technology director, principal, administrators, superintendents or local legislators often find increased support for their STLP…
STLP = Opportunity
Regionals and the STLP Coordinator
STLP Coordinators that attend a Regional event connect with other coordinators to discuss project, product or service ideas. First time coordinators find the fall Regionals as a time to discover what a project really looks like and how the event leads to state.
Not bringing students your first year? Great…volunteer to judge. There’s no better way to gain an understanding of Regionals than to see it as a judge.
Often judges that help at Regionals for the first time can return to home and help the school with other STLP events. Hearing about the great things STLP can do is one thing, but given an opportunity to see STLP in action can be a tremendously impactful experience for your district and community leadership.
Media Arts Service: one student presents a resume and is interviewed to join the team that will record and produce media that highlight the events occurring at the State Championship. Their content will be shown during the Awards Ceremony and posted to the STLP website (Division Levels 6-8, 9-12 Only)
Engineer Service: one student presents a resume, references, and is interviewed for technical positions. Engineers are considered the pinnacle of STLP and will have responsibilities that include representing STLP at state and national levels (Division Level 9-12 Only)
Live Reporting Service: one student presents a resume and is interviewed for a position with the Live Reporting Team at the State Championship. Live reports from around the State event are broadcast throughout the day
Production Company Service: one student presents a resume and is interviewed for a position on the production team that operates (among other things) as the camera crew during the State Championship and to live broadcast the Award Ceremony (Division Levels 6-8, 9-12 Only)
Scratch Ambassadors: One students demonstrates for a panel of judges their skills using Scratch programming tools. Students with active ability to utilize and share the benefits of Scratch may be invited to help host the “Scratch Programming” booth at STLP State Championship. At State, Scratch Ambassadors promote computer science and programming skills by teaching hands-on activities using Scratch to students, teachers and visitors at the State Championship event.
Showcase Project: One to four students create and present the project for Level One Judges. Selected Projects will be invited to State Semifinals (Level Two) judging at the State Championship, with the goal of making it to Level Three judging and possibly being named “Best Showcase in Kentucky”.
Social Media Service: one student presents a resume and is interviewed for a position to Tweet at State (Division Levels 6-8, 9-12 only)
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Make sure all competing students read and understand the rubric and are prepared for any interviews.
The most successful STLP groups hold a pre-Showcase/School Showcase/District Showcase to provide students with practical experience presenting to adults prior to the Regional Showcase.
At the Fall Showcase event, know that all service categories and showcases will need to provide their own devices during presentations/interviews. For example, if you want to show judges a video, instead of arriving with a DVD copy only, plan to bring a laptop or have it preloaded on a mobile device. Judges will not have devices.
Although internet is available, be prepared with a back up plan to present in an offline mode or via a secondary, personal hot-spot connection.
Absolutely! Everyone can benefit by attending and seeing other student leaders demonstrating technology.
New STLP schools, new coordinators and beginning STLP students are welcome to attend for the learning experience…even if you choose not to submit a project for judging.
Also, a great way to demonstrate the value of STLP, STEM, and educational technology is to invite your principal, superintendent and state legislators to see a Regional Qualifier event. Generally, everyone who see’s students in action through STLP will be impressed and gain an understanding of the immeasurable value behind technology enhanced learning.
Keep in mind that project can be “in development” at the time of the regional event. Teams will need to impress upon judges that they have a solid development plan and will work to convince judges that their project plan is strong enough to deserve an invitation to Level 2 at State.
Deadline to register to attend a 2017 Regional Qualifier is Oct. 20, 2017 by 11:59 pm CST.
*To gain a table and set up at time to be judged, a school must register online and provide a judge. Due to large numbers that register, a late school could be turned away from their first choice showcase site.
Once the students begin work, see which area they are focused upon and how they can explain what they are doing: are they mostly teaching others; have they reached out to others; or is much of the work been on the project’s hardware or software?
For example: A regular news program can be any of the three categories. The project where students are making newscasts so others can learn or enjoy the content in the newscast is community service. If the project is about teaching others how to set up a newscast each week, with all the processes of getting features done, then could be instructional. If the students are explaining the how of the editing software and cameras, this can be technical.
The most important part is having the passion for what they are doing and can explain the project to others.
The STLP Kentucky logo has been released under a creative common license model. This model allows your STLP group to use the logo on your materials with full permissions from the original owner, the Kentucky Department of Education. These permissions also allow your STLP to customize the logo to your needs.
All STLP projects are expected to proudly display some version of the STLP logo.
STLP Logo Original Photoshop File
This file can be utilized with professional digital editing software, Adobe Photoshop. It contains the official color profiles, etc. Often, professional print services will require a .PSD file to create the version necessary to create t-shirts or other promotional materials. Also attached is a download link to the “Open Sans Condensed” Google font used for most STLP designs.
Attending and interviewing at Regionals can be a “big deal” in the life of some of our STLP students, as noted in stories from students, teachers and parents. This event gives a real audience to their learning, a real purpose in creating resumes and sharpening 21st Century Skills. These students’ skills will impact Kentucky’s future economy. The students will be able to compete globally. Leadership skills will bloom.
The events are designed to support and extend authentic learning.