Project Based Learning is at the core of STLP. One of the largest competition areas is the STLP Project category. Project teams develop their project plans and bring their ideas to present at Regional Qualifiers (Level 1) hoping to advance to STLP State (Level 2 & 3).
Give an Elevator Pitch on Project Idea
Projects only in development stage
Choose any format to make the Pitch
Use Level 1 rubric as guide
LEVEL 2 PROJECTS
Judges view presentations online
Best projects advance to Level 3
Use Level 2 rubric as guide
LEVEL 3 PROJECTS
Finalists compete to be Best in State
Champions in K-5, 6-8, 9-12 & Technical
All making Level 3 get recognition
Teams meet judges online to share
STLP Projects work to engage students through deeper learning that has long lasting benefits for students, classrooms, schools and communities. Benefits include:
Real-world relevance for learning
Demonstrations of Success Skills
Engages lower achieving students
Spotlight innovation and creativity
Develop stronger relationships
Perfect for NTI & Remote Learning
Impact student achievement
Strong motivator for daily attendance
Build on/extend existing projects
High level student engagement
Strategy to close achievement gaps
Maximize technology investments
Gain presentation skills & experience
Show tech competency for graduation
Model a positive learning culture
DESIGN. MAKE. CONNECT. LEARN!
The STLP Project cycle starts in the weeks ahead of Regionals. Keep scrolling to find resources to help your Project Teams develop their project from Level 1 all the way through to Levels 2 and 3 at STLP State.
STLP Project Scoring Guides/Rubrics (Level 1 through Level 3) are modeled on the ISTE Standards for Students. Use these “I Am..” statements to translate rubric standards/indicators into more student-friendly language. Great for discussion.
KEY ELEMENTS OF STLP PROJECTS
Whatever form an STLP Project takes, the most effective ones will utilize these common design elements:
Projects are wrapped around a meaningful problem to solve or a question to answer and be identified by the students.
Projects are an active process which sees students generate new questions and find/use new resources to develop their own solutions.
STUDENT VOICE & CHOICE
Project encourages students to make choices about what they create, and how time is used, with guidance from STLP Coaches.
Provide opportunities between STLP events for reflection on design and implementation. Utilize STLP resources as guides.
All STLP rubrics (including Level 1-3 Projects) engage the ISTE Standards for Students. Discuss these with students during the project.
STLP Projects are designed for students to demo what they learn by presenting their work. Make opportunities to present abundant.
Referenced research on PBL and improved academic performance: