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State Rubrics

Know your rubric? Be ready to compete!

The STLP State Championship has many competition areas…and each has it’s own unique rubric guiding the event. Everyone has access to view the rubrics and use them as part of your preparation for the competition. Knowing your rubric is a vital component to success!

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Live Performance

Register online to participate in competitions that occur live, on-site, at State. Rubrics for each Live Performance category are available below.

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At Regionals, projects pre-qualified to move into the Level 2 competition and Service Teams were formed. DPOJ semi-finalists compete for titles.

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Attend Only

Any school may attend, enjoy the STLP Playground activities, & learn from the competing students. To attend only, complete registration online.

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A Closer Look: Live Performance Categories

Regarding Live Performance categories:

  • Click category titles to access competition’s rubric and category lead’s contact info
  • Schools should determine which students have the best skills to represent their school in the given categories
  • Note that some categories are grade division specific. Review rubrics to determine if your students are eligible to compete
  • Competition schedules will be released after the registration deadline ends
  • Best performances by grade level groups will be recognized at the annual Award Show at the end of the day

Live Performance: Individual

These categories allow for 1 or 2 students to individually represent your STLP in competition.

Description: One student finds a solution to a prompt by creating a script/code.

UPDATE: The student will be given a task to solve on-site in a timed environment using the language of their choice. They may select from the following languages:

  • Python
  • Java
  • C, C++, or C#

UPDATE: Students competing with compiled rather than interpreted languages (specifically C-family, Java) should be prepared to produce compiled machine code (C-family) or bytecode (Java), that is ready to execute for evaluation.

Rubric (pdf): Coding Challenge (UPDATED for 2019)

Type of event: Individual event, 2 students per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: 9-12 Only

Lead Contact(s):


Description: Networking skills are marketable skills. Have your students that are experienced enter this category to take a test and show what they know and can do with a network.  Sponsored by Extreme Networks

Rubric (pdf): Extreme Networks Networking Challenge

Type of event: Individual event, 2 students per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: 6-8 and 9-12 Only

Lead Contact(s):

  • TBA

Additional Resources:

  • See Rubric for any resources (if applicable)

Description: Quick minds and fast fingers using a clicker system will allow your student to answer questions on technology topics. Thanks to partners Proven Learning.

Type of event: Individual event, 2 students per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8 and 9-12

Rubric (pdf): Proven Learning Quick Recall

Category Lead:

Additional Resources:

  • N/A

Description: Students work with components of science, technology, engineering art and mathematics (STEAM) in building an understanding the world of racing competition. 

A student will buy, design, build and race a slot car.

Students will build a slot car, starting with a kit, a ready to run car or scratch-built design, improving the performance and documenting what they did to improve the car’s performance (Design Paper).  They should show the relationship of those improvements using the STEAM components. 

The student will develop a “Design Paper” on the design and process of getting the car ready for the event.

Type of event: Individual event, 6 students per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8 and 9-12

Rubric (pdf): Racing to the Future

Category Lead:

Additional Resources:

Live Performance: Solo

These categories are restricted to only one representative from your STLP.

Description: One student creates an original piece of art using the prompt, theme and Photoshop/GIMP. Student will have up to 30 minutes with provided images, prompt, and theme then a maximum of 1.5 hours to complete the task via the computer.

Students should bring their own devices and laptops (with Adobe Photoshop CS3 or later and/or GIMP) which to compete. (BYOD)

Rubric (pdf):

Type of event: Individual event, 1 students per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: 6-8, and 9-12 ONLY

Lead Contact(s):

Resources: review rubric for potential resources

Description: Students that love to capture that great image are the ones that will enjoy this category challenge. Students will check in and be given a theme. The student must capture one photo/image and transform it before bringing the titled image back to be viewed by judges. The task is timed and the student will need to Bring Your Own Device. (BYOD)

Rubric (pdf): Photo on Demand UPDATED!

Type of event: Individual event, 1 students per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8 and (NEW for 2017) 9-12

Lead Contact(s): 

Additional Resources:

  • N/A

NEW for 2018: Addition of new category – Web Site Coding.  This new additional category will challenge students to create a website based on prompts using coding only! Rubric is forthcoming, but category is open for registration now!

Description: Using prompts supplied on site, students will create a web site within the competition time limits.  Students should bring devices pre-loaded with web design software of your choice.

Rubric (pdf)Web Site Design Challenge 

Type of event: Individual event, 1 students per school allowed to apply (1 for Web Design and also 1 for Web Site Coding is allowed)

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8 and 9-12

Lead Contact(s):

Additional Resources:

  • N/A

Live Performance: 2 Person Teams

Students work in pairs during these competitions.

Description: This competition will involve two robots in a circular ring, with the goal being to push the opposing robot out of the ring within the time limit. The first robot to touch the floor outside of the ring loses the bout. The robot that wins two out of three bouts wins the match.  While pushing the opposing robot out of the ring is the the only way to win a bout, disabling the opponent (flipping, lifting, etc.) is strongly encouraged.

Visit STLP SumoBots rubric HERE for more details about the competition.

Rubric (pdf)SumoBots

Type of event: Team event, 1 to 2 students per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s):

Additional Resources:

Description: Who in your building is helping to fix things? Who is studying in advanced technology courses? Students that troubleshoot technology issues benefit in applying that knowledge in this competition category.

The team MUST be made up of two students. The two students will answer questions. The best pair with a top combined score will troubleshoot a computer.

Rubric (pdf)Bench Challenge

Type of event: Must Be Two Students as One Team, Only one team per school

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s):

Resources: review rubric for potential resources

Description: Have a robot? Can you make the robot do something? This category will focus on the challenge is to create a robot that is either a transformation of another item OR transforms the way you do a task.  Students bring their own robot. (BYOR)

Rubric (pdf): Georgetown College Robot Use

Type of event: Team of 1 or 2 event, one team per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s): 

Additional Resources:

  • N/A

Description:  Computer Science is an exciting field choice for many students. Give them an opportunity to learn a language on site and create a solution to the prompt.  Category is BYOD (each student should bring a laptop computer)

Rubric (pdf): UK Computer Science Challenge

Type of event: Team event, 1 to 2 students per team school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s):

Additional Resources:

Live Performance: Team Events

Team event categories are limited to 1 team per school. A team consists of 1 or more students.

Description:  Cinemania is just that — Mania to produce a video less than three minutes in 48 hours after receiving an email with the rules and information. Once the video is finished, post online.  Video will be produced and published prior to the STLP State Championship.  Preliminary scoring will happen in advance, with final judging/viewing happening at State.


  • Elements Released: Tuesday, April 9th (9:00 am EST)
  • Final Videos Submitted via YouTube: Thursday, April 11th (by 1:00 pm EST)
  • Round 1 Judging Starts: Friday, April 12th
  • Round 1 Judging Scores Submitted: Tuesday, April 16th (by 1:oo pm EST)
  • Round 2 (Live) Judging and Awards:  April 18, 2019 (at State)

Rubric (pdf)KY Cinemania

Type of event: One team per school (with one title only) may apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s):

Resources: review rubric for potential resources


How does your STLP help and keep track of technical issues in the school?
Does your school provide technical support or a help desk for the school or district?
This may be a category for your school to enter.
Many technical students help their school and district with technology problems. The help can be informal as quick repairs, troubleshooting in the classroom or as formal as being part of a Help Desk.

Informal support is defined as students assisting in classrooms or answering the call for technology assistance in a classroom, library or school. A more formal Help Desk may be a class in which students assist with technology issues in the building or district during or after class. Some districts also hire students to assist with technical projects or during the summer break. These students need to present the technical support they provide to the judges.

Rubric (pdf)Help Desk Support Challenge

Type of event: Team event, 1 Team per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s):

Additional Resources:

  • Please review the rubric for important information.

Description: Add to the travel campaign of THERE’S ONLY ONE KENTUCKY. Your local community is the ideal location to become involved and the best way to get others involved is to make a video that showcases your area.

What is special about your town / local community / county?

Please make this LOCAL only and NOT about the state overall.

Rubric (pdf): KY Travel Challenge

Type of event: Team event, 1 team per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s):   Christie Turbeville, Bullitt County –

Additional Resources:

Description: One way that schools keep the school in the know is from a daily, weekly or monthly newscast service. If you school has a news program, let us know more about it. Come describe the process you utilize to get the news show done on time.

  • The school news team creates up to a 60 sec. PSA on the process of making the school news
  • Team will set up a presentation board display and explain the news program at the school
  • Team will be interviewed by judges
  • The team will bring the PSA to the interview (displaying the PSA is BYOD – teams must bring their own equipment)

Rubric (pdf)Newscast Challenge

Type of event: Team event, 1 team per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s):   Diana McGhee, CIO Fort Thomas Independent –

Additional Resources:

  • Review the rubric for additional details, please.


What mobile app can your students create that uses gamification to teach teach/re-enforce STEM discipline subjects? What mobile app can your students create that would help the school or community?  NOTE: This is currently Android ONLY.

Rubric (pdf)NKU Mobile App Design Challenge

Type of event: Team event, 1 team per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s):   Evan Downing, Northern Kentucky University –

Additional Resources:

All apps must be developed to support phone interfaces.

The base operating system to be supported is Android 2.3 (“Gingerbread”).

  • Google’s Android Page –
  • MIT’s App Inventor –
  • Eclipse –

Description:  Have a robot? Want to get involved with a regional event? RCX may be just the thing.

  • The Top teams from RCX regional tournaments will compete at State Championship
  • Must Prequalify at RCX regional tournament to before registering for State

Rubric (pdf)RCX (No Rubric, Just Information)

Type of event: Team event, 1 team per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s):   Doug Geiman –

Additional Resources:  

Description:  What better way to tell an original story than to program a robot to tell if 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 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)

Rubric (pdf): Sphero Hero

Type of event: Team event, 1 team per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s):   Heather Warrell, KDE Office of Education Technology – UPDATED contact info:

Additional Resources:  

  • Please review the rubric for important information

Description: Ever wondered who was behind the games you play? Programmers and artists are just two that make a full team. Look at some of your games, notice who is credited. Study how the game works. It can be a board or software or an online game. Game design involves a rich array of knowledge and skills. Knowing how to put together a successful game involves system-based thinking, critical problem solving, art and aesthetics, writing and storytelling, interactive design, game logic and rules, and computer skills. The designer must also be a socio-technical engineer, thinking about how people will interact with the game and how the game will shape both individual, competitive, or collaborative social interactions.

Teams make a oral presentation of their Game Design Concept.

Rubric (pdf)STLP Game Design Challenge

Type of event: Team event, 1 team per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s):   Keith Barnes, TIS Bullitt County Schools –

Additional Resources:  

  • Please review the rubric for very important resources

Description:Thinking about problems and finding solutions are part of the engineering world. Engineered products have many applications in real life. Do you have students that can put their MIND ON and be INNOVATIVE?

Have a team create an original idea, products, or processes, which solve a problem. Share this with judges.

Rubric (pdf): UK Engineering Minds on Innovation

Type of event: Team event, 1 team per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s):   Dr. Bruce Walcott, UK College of Engineering –

Additional Resources:  

  • College of Engineering UK
  • Central Kentucky Inventors Council site:
  • Innovate KY
  • Innovation Labs UK
  • National Girls Collaborative Project
  • KY Girls Collaborative Project

Description:  The University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development would like to invite any STLP team from any K12 institution in the Commonwealth to develop podcasts showcasing their STLP, school, and community.

New for 2018: We will accept a podcast from ANY hosting service that provides:

  • Multiple Episodes
  • RSS Feed
  • Student centered and developed.
  • Hosted on the internet.

Rubric (pdf): UL Podcasting (Updated for 2018)

Type of event: Team event, 1 team per school allowed to apply

Event Divisions: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Lead Contact(s):   Steve Swan, University of Louisville –

Additional Resources:  

  • Please review the rubric for important resources
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A Closer Look: Pre-Qualified Entries

Image: STLP Road to Rupp visualPre-Qualified entries refer to Level 1 Projects that advanced from Regionals (November/December) to Level 2 judging at State. Level 2 Projects present to judges with hopes of advancing to the final round of scoring, called Level 3.  Best in State Projects will be selected from the Level 3 project pool.

Also included in Pre-Qualified entries are all advancing Digital Products that competed as part of the DPOJ competition in January/February. Digital Products includes items like Documentary, Original Photo, Book Trailers, and more. Each Digital Product category selected products to invite to State for final scoring. The Best Product in each category is selected at State.

Finally, a number of students were selected after an interview process to serve as a member of a State Service Team. Interviews were held during the Regional events and, some, were included in the DPOJ competition timeframe.  All invited students will come to State and be an active member of a team that helps produce the State Championship.  Once invited to State, the competition portion was completed…student team members will now be recognized as active members of teams such as Blogger Corps, Media Arts Team, Social Media Team, Live Production Team, and PhotojournalistsNext

Select your Pre-Qualified Area from these tabs

Level 2 Projects Advancing from Level 1 at Regionals:

  • Competition: Level 2 Project judging is head to head, by grade division and project category (unlike Level 1 at Regionals)
  • Completed Project: At Regionals, Projects that were just kicking off were welcome. At State level, judges will expect teams to discuss how their project has advanced since Regionals and that the project be in a final form (even if it is an ongoing project)
  • Team Reflection: Have multiple printed copies of your COMPLETED reflection ready to hand out.
  • Although internet access is available, be prepared to present in offline mode (as always)
  • Table assignments and Level 2 judging times will be released prior to State Championship
  • Best Level 2 projects from each judging group will advance to Level 3 judging.
  • All Level 3 projects are recognized during STLP Awards (plan to stay for awards)
  • Once Level 3 finalists are announced (live and via STLP website), remaining projects are free to pack up (around 1:30 pm)
  • Come prepared for all-day judging…Level 3 typically wraps up by 4 pm

Rubrics and Team Reflection

Take advantage of the Level 2 Project rubric to help plan your presentation for judges. Be aware, the Level 2 rubric is different from the Level 1 rubric used at Regionals.  Team Reflections should be completely filled out and several copies should be printed and ready to be handed to judges.  Use these forms to make informed decisions about what to expect at

Basic Schedule: Level 2 and Level 3 Judging

All Project judging will occur within Heritage Hall (maps to release prior to event).

Student may not enter before 9:00 am to set up assigned presentation space. Times below may be approximate.

Power will be available, but teams are responsible for extension cords and power strips.

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am       Teams enter Heritage Hall and Bluegrass Ballroom and set up
  • 9:00 – 10:15 am         Level 2 Judge Training (location TBA)
  • 10:20 am                    Welcoming Announcements
  • 10:30 – 12:30 pm      Level 2 Project judging
  • About 1:15 pm           Projects advancing to Level 3 announced
  • 1:30 – 2:00 pm          Non-advancing project teams dismiss
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm           Level 3 Judging
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm          STLP Awards – All Level 3 projects recognized on stage

Digital Product Rubrics

Review rubrics to locate details about qualifying products moving from DPOJ to State

Categories may require a physical version of the product to be dropped off for judging consideration

Occasionally, some DPOJ finalists include student presentations at State

Not all DPOJ products require student presentation or a physical version of the product

Best products in each category receive awards during the STLP Awards Ceremony

Before leaving, return to scoring area to retrieve physical copies of products before leaving

  • Blogger Corps: Keeping our online presence during State fresh and up date is a responsibility that falls into the hands of the STLP Blogger Corps. Working with Jefferson County Public Schools, the Blogger Corps will post media rich info to the STLP website and STLP app throughout the day. At the end of events, they will also report the finalists for each event.
    • Blogger Corps Lead: Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Media Arts ServiceThis 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 ServiceEngineers are considered the pinnacle of STLP and will have responsibilities that include representing STLP at state and national levels. STLP Engineers provide on site support for all events at STLP State Championship (Division Level 9-12 Only)
  • Live Production Service: The Live Production Team partners with KET Education to help everyone know what is happening in and around the STLP State Championship. Because the event and venue are so massive, Live Production team assists with the live broadcast and the award ceremony
  • 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)
    • Social Media Lead: TBA