Highlight: Sphero Hero
What better way to tell an original story than to program a robot to tell it for you? Sphero Hero is all about a team of students creating an original (short) dramatic story, creating an obstacle course as the stage for their story, and programming a Sphero (or any programmable robot) to navigate the stage autonomously while students narrate their tale to judges (3-5-minute limit). Sphero Hero is an all division (K-12) team competition (1 or more students) and is limited to one team per school. Also, it is a BYOD category, where teams will build their own sets and use their own robots and materials to compete.
Sphero Hero is the first STLP competition co-designed & led by a student (thank you Nada K. from Thomas Nelson HS, Nelson County)
At State, schools have the opportunity to:
- Talk with other students, teachers, community persons and visitors that support technology
- Attend student presentations in small rooms
- Compete in any of the many live performance competitions
- Visit playground activities provided by supporting partners in Rupp
- Explore the many outstanding showcase projects in the large hall
- View best services as they support the event as student teams
- See the winning products on display and talk to the students that created the product
- Attend the awards celebration in Rupp Arena
Education Matters Live at STLP
Empowering Students Through Technology – Recorded at the 2016 state Student Technology Leadership Program competition, this special edition of Education Matters explores how Kentucky K-12 students are using technology for project-based learning.
If you’re wondering what the STLP State Championship day looks and sounds like, this video is a terrific way to explore the event from the comfort of your classroom. The show also includes video segments produced by teens from Hardin County who are part of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program. (from KET.org)
Thanks to our valued partners at KET Education.
Recorded live: May 16, 2016. View the archived show HERE or in the attached, embedded video.
KY Imagine Academy’s Certipalooza
Description: (9-12 Only) Earn as many certification as you can in one day! Register to take MTA or MOS certification exams on-site at #STL17. MTA is the Microsoft foundational technology certification with tracks in Database, Developer and IT Professional. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is the leading IT certification in the world.
More than one million MOS exams are taken every year in over 140 countries. These two certifications showcase a student’s knowledge and skill in an economy that demands leaders understand, collaborate, and manage both data and infrastructure.
Students – demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to productively use Microsoft Office. MOS enables you to tap the full features and functionality of the Microsoft Office system, resulting in heightened levels of individual performance, confidence, and differentiation. Earn as many certification as you can in one day!
Register online to reserve your spot! Thanks to Certiport for partnering with STLP on this acivity.
Software Development Fundamentals
HTML5 App Development Fund.
Mobility and Device Fundamentals
Dell/Microsoft Gaming: Minecraft
Based on the smashing success of the 2016 Minecraft challenge, the 2017 Dell/Microsoft Gaming: Minecraft experience is better than ever! We’ve split the Minecraft opportunities into two options: (1) enter the Minecraft competition by submitting a build online prior to State and (2) enjoy an in depth Minecraft experience as part of the “open to everyone” STLP Playground at State.
For teams that elected to compete in the Minecraft competition, all rubrics and build guidelines were introduced during the DPOJ competition (link to rubric HERE). These teams are developing their best Rube Goldberg Machine in Minecraft. Judges will receive entries from teams (who registered prior to the Jan. 13th deadline) ahead of State. The finalist teams will be announced and the winners will be recognized during the STLP Award Show on April 12th.
If you missed your chance to enter the competition, don’t fret! Minecraft will be back as a hands-on, non-competitive, activity in the STLP Playground at State. No experience necessary — come and explore the limitless educational world of Minecraft. (Thank you to Dell and Microsoft for partnering with STLP for this event).
KY Cinemania at State
Cinemania is an, “up all night” video competition where your team has a specific window of time to write, shoot, edit, produce and post a video that includes a number of required elements, props, slogans and fun items. The prompts are released prior to STLP State and videos are uploaded to YouTube in advance of State.
- Elements Released: Wednesday, March 29th (9:00 am EST)
- Final Videos Submitted via YouTube: Friday, March 31st (1:00 pm EST)
- Round 1 Judging window: Tuesday, April 2nd
- Round 1 Judge scores submitted: Thursday, April 4th (by 1pm EST)
- Round 2 (Live) Judging and Awards: Wednesday, April 12th (at State)
Get with your team to discuss ideas, roles, and jobs – all the way from brainstorming, to shooting, to editing, and final production. Make sure everyone in your group has a voice in the process.
Be sure to visit http://kentuckycinemania.org for more info on this popular STLP State activity…and to view samples from past winners!
(Note: one entry per school, enter via the STLP State Championship registration portal)
KY STLP Racing to the Future™
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are all rolled into students understanding the world of racing. A student will design, build and race a slot car. Students will develop a ‘tech sheet’ on the design and process of getting the car ready for the event.
Due to the increased demand for this event, RTTF has expanded it’s registration limit from 2 students per school up to allowing 4 students to register and participate per school. Check out the rubric here and get in-depth info about RTTF at their website: www.kystlp-racingtothefuture.com
(Note: up to 4 entries per school, enter via the STLP State Championship registration portal)
Awards Ceremony: Rupp Arena
At the conclusion of the STLP State Championship mega-activity-day, we all gather in Rupp Arena to recognize finalists in each of the Live Competition categories, winners from the Digital Project categories (that qualified to compete at State during the DPOJ event in January), and crown the Best in State STLP Projects for K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 Divisions.
Starting in 2015, STLP awarded a Best in State Technical Project trophy in memory of the late KDE Office of KIDS innovator and STLP supporter, Dave Sigler.
Although the Award Show starts at 5PM, we strive to wrap up the event by 7:30 PM. We recognize that it is a long drive back home for many schools. Help us keep the Award Show running on time and efficiently so that we can best respect everyone’s safe travels home.
Teams that make it to Level 3 Project Judging and who are announced as finalists on the Wall of Winners should do their best to attend the entire Award Show.
WATCH LIVE: we will also live broadcast the Award Show via the KDE Media Portal The video link will go live for internet viewing shortly before 5pm (EST) the day of the State Championship event. Afterwards, the video will be available to view as an archive.
Want to check out last year’s event? The 2016 STLP State Championship Awards show is archived and you can watch it at the following link: #STLP16 Awards Show video archive
The Scratch Playground at the State Championship will be an area set up for visitors to explore the Scratch website as well as remix and create projects such as digital games, animations, stories and interactive media. We anticipate including an area for Scratch Jr. (app for android/apple devices) and physical computing devices that connect to Scratch.
At the State Championship, selected student ambassadors will be part of a team that rotates to assist visitors in the Scratch Playground. Scratch ambassadors will encourage others to explore, create with Scratch and answer questions as needed.
From KyGoPlay.com: Late in the year of 2014, teacher librarians Heidi Neltner and James Allen, while chatting to a group during #KyEdChat, came up with the idea that maybe we needed to encourage teachers to play to learn through an actual and statewide (World-Wide?) campaign for PLAY. (special thanks to @martypark for his tweets on that night too!)
We’re so excited to have them back for another great year at STLP State Championship! The #KyGoPlayGROUND is an open space where educators and students can explore, build, and make. For more info about KyGoPlay, check out their website HERE.
Everyone Can Code
Join us to learn about Everyone Can Code, a program designed to give everyone the power to learn, write, and teach code with Swift. You’ll hear about Swift Playgrounds, a free app for iPad for first-time coders with a complete set of Apple-designed lessons that make getting started fun and interactive, and explore the accompanying teacher guide. You’ll also learn about App Development with Swift, a curriculum for high school and college for Mac that shows students how to create apps from start to finish.
Hurry…spots are limited. Register to participate via STLP Registration before March 4th deadline. Presented by Apple Inc.
Hands-on STEM with Newton’s Attic
STLP Robot World!
More info coming soon!
Bring the Spirit!
Choose from several competitions & cheer on your fellow STLP leaders! RTTF, SumoBots, RCX, and more!
Work collaboratively to solve puzzles in order to open a locked box. Sponsored and presented by Eminence Ind.
More to come…!
We’re announcing new and exciting STLP Playground activities all the way up to State. Check back to see what’s new!
Look back through resources from last year’s STLP State Championship as reference.
All items are subject to change ahead of #STLP18
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