2020 STLP State Championship Suspended

In light of the escalation of COVID-19 and in an effort to protect our students, teachers, judges and participants, the April 9th #STLP20 State Championship is officially suspended at this time.

As representatives of the Kentucky Department of Education, we support the precautions our public schools and districts are taking to combat the spreading of the coronavirus. We are currently exploring alternative opportunities to continue the STLP State Championship activities in an all-digital format.

Looking ahead, we will target select categories that lend themselves best to an online format and communicate opportunities for participation in those adapted events. Rest assured, we’re working to make sure that (if possible/practical) a version of the 2020 STLP State Championship will go on…but with an innovative and digitally connected spin.

While we are devastated that we will not be with our @STLPKentucky students face to face at Rupp Arena this year, we understand and respect the precautions that need to be taken.  We are proud of our @STLPKentucky students and hope to recognize you soon!

Thank you for your continued support as we face this evolving situation together. We will continue to keep you posted as opportunities to participate are considered and finalized.

One last thing…

We recognize that many schools are pivoting to provide digital distance learning opportunities for students.  Please remember, STLP already provides standards based, rubric guided, activities that can quickly and easily be adapted for use outside of STLP competitions.  Take advantage of the STLP Super Sheet to gather digital learning ideas from amongst the many STLP categories. All STLP rubrics are free for you to utilize, adapt, update, and/or reorganize to help continue learning remotely.

Link to the STLP Super Sheet: https://bit.ly/stlpsupersheet

What is STLP?

Empowering learning since 1994

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) uses project-based learning principles to empower student learning and achievement through the utilization (and creation) of technology to solve school and community needs. STLP provides a means for students to design, make, connect and learn.

Student products, projects, and services are showcased through local, regional, and state events. The “Big 3” events include Regionals, DPOJ, and STLP State Championship.

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STLP is designed to make connections between students, technology use, and learning. Schools determine how best to utilize STLP events & resources to help forge those connections.

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STLP starts at the school level.
Schools decide what projects, products and services to explore. These day-to-day, week-to-week, activities help students gain technology and leadership skills. All you need is a teacher to act as STLP Coordinator and interested students to get going!

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More Than A Club

STLP should be custom built to fit the needs of your school/classroom. STLP is most often incorporated into daily classroom activities, but also works as an after/before school organization. Take part in regional/statewide STLP events by sharing what your students are already doing in class!


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STLP is a community of interested and invested individuals (students and educators) coming together to celebrate how Kentucky’s students are utilizing technology to learn. This community relies on Twitter, the STLP LISTSERV, and other means to stay connected. Join the conversation!
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Get Recognized!

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The easiest first step into STLP is to submit your school’s info and become a “Recognized” STLP. Get started and put your STLP on the map!

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Start collecting STLP badges to highlight the great things your STLP is doing. Use the Level Up badge list to help guide activity ideas for your STLP.

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A terrific collaborative tool (and free to join) the KYSTLP Listserv is a buslting hub for STLP info and interactive discussions.

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Important Dates: 2019-2020

UPDATED: Newest Dates as of August 1, 2019

08/2019Students explore project, product & service ideas
09/19-04/20District/School Showcases
09/30/19STLP Coordinator Connection: Hosted by JCPS (Register: bit.ly/stlp19jcpsCC )
10/18/2019Deadline to register to attend a Regional Qualifier
2019 Regional Qualifiers
11/4/2019Morehead State University - View Details
11/7/2019Murray State University - View Details
11/12/2019University of Louisville
11/14/2019University of Kentucky
11/18/2019Northern Kentucky University
11/21/2019Western Kentucky University
12/3/2019Owensboro Convention Center **NEW**
12/9/2019Center for Rural Development
12/18/2019University of Pikeville at A.W.A.
01/8/2020Deadline to submit Digital Products for DPOJ
03/8/2020Deadline to register to attend State Championship
03/11-13/20STLP Engineers at KySTE, Galt House, Louisville, KY - click for details
04/9/2020UPDATE: STLP State Championship, Lexington, KY
05/8/2020Deadline to submit Gold Status application for 2020-21
06/2020STLP Champions at ISTE
June--JulyDistrict Summer STLP events, STLP PD opportunities
08/2020STLP info updated for 2020-2021

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The STLP “Big 3”

Major STLP Events Out of the Building

The work a school does in the building to help support technology and help students and teachers gain technology skills is the most important work an STLP can do. Many schools begin reaching out in the community to offer help using technology.

A school can decide to become involved outside the building by attending an event in which student demonstrations and recognition is woven into each event.

When a school leaves the building for one of the events, a judge must be asked to attend, too.

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STLP Regionals

Project Based Learning at its best!

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Regional Qualifiers

The first stop on the #STLPRoad2Rupp

Since the beginning of STLP, project based learning has been at the core of the program.  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.

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Design. Make. Connect. Learn.

Digital Product Online Judging (DPOJ)

Putting the “A” in STEAM education!

Digital product creation is part of learning in classrooms across KY. The DPOJ event provides every school the opportunity to share products students are creating — whether it’s part of the daily curriculum or a stand-alone STLP activity.

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STLP State Championship

Celebrating Kentucky’s Best & Brightest Students

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The State Championship allows students from across Kentucky to come together and demonstrate for other students, school and community persons what they know and can do with technology.

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All STLP schools are welcome to attend the State Championship to learn and achieve. There are no registration fees. All schools attending are asked to register online whether they are prequalified to compete, entering on-site competitions, or simply planning to attend.

Nearly 14,000 students and educators came together to celebrate technology and learning at the 2019 STLP State Championship. 500+ schools from 100+ districts came to show what they know using technology. Hundreds of volunteer judges determined the stand outs in over 40 educational technology related categories.

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Helping Fill In the Blanks

The STLP website houses a collection of resources to help make your STLP stronger — but also to help you maximize your investment in STLP.

Access to frequently requested documentation, guiding rubrics, graphic arts, and commonly used forms await your discovery (and customization) throughout the Resources section.

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