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Innovative Product

Students produce a digital product that does not fit in one of the other STEM Fair categories. All videos and digital art should have a category and not need to be in this category unless the video is created only using software or online tools with no camera work. Product can be judged within 10 minute judging time.

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1.  Students

  • An individual student or a team of up to 4 students compete.
  • When winners are recognized, a maximum of 4 students will be recognized.
  • The STLP Coordinator is responsible for making sure appropriate permission is obtained for student products to be displayed publically based upon your school guidelines. Permission is kept on file at the school.

2.  Times

  • Products are submitted with registration and judged before the STEM Fair.
  • The Awards Ceremony time will be posted on the main STEM Fair web page.

3.  Registration

  • Registration will open early January.
  • Registration and the posting of products with required documentation is due by February 21, 2020
  • The STLP Coordinator from each school is responsible for registration and uploading products.
  • Registration and product submission information and links are shared with STLP Coordinators on the STLP  Google Team Drive.
  • An individual name, a team name, or up to 4 student names may be submitted on the registration form. The name(s) registered will be on the certificate. Please check spelling.
  • The school does not need to supply a judge for STEM Fair product judging. 

4.  Limits

  • Two products per division per school may be submitted.
  • Two products may not be submitted from the same student in the same category.
  • The same product may not be submitted for 2 categories.

5.  Divisions

  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)
  • High School (9-12)

6.  Documentation

  • PDF Format or Google Doc. (Note:  Microsoft Word document can be uploaded, right click open with Google Doc - and you'll have a Google Doc.)
  • Student created document describes the product, purpose, and audience for the digital product.
  • The document explains the process/steps, including software and equipment, used in creating the product.
  • Information is given that will help the judge better understand the creation process.
  • Document includes description of what is student created vs. borrowed.
  • Sources are cited.
  • Document mechanics will affect document score.
  • If documentation not submitted, product will be disqualified.

7.  Format

  • The product will need to be in a format that can be easily viewed by most Fayette County PC computers.
  • The student created document needs to be PDF or a Google Doc.
  • Use school abbreviation and student name for product file names, such as LAN_JaneDoe.

8. Rubrics

  • All products received are considered competitive and will be judged using the posted rubric.
  • A minimum score of 85 required to qualify for recognition. This includes first, second, or third place.
  • A copy of the scored rubric will be sent to the STLP Coordinator after the STEM Fair. The coordinator may determine if the score and comments are to be shared with the student.
  • Please share a copy of the blank rubric with the student before submitting the product.
  • Intellectual property and copyright rules for public display must be followed to be eligible for an award. Products not meeting this guideline will be disqualified.
  • If the student document is not provided or if sources are not cited in the document, product will be disqualified.

9.  Display

  • Products may be electronically displayed at the STEM Fair.
  • Pieces may be printed for display at IAKSS or other locations.
  • Winning products may be posted online.
  • Make sure you have permission filed at school for these items to be displayed.

10. Results

  • Winners will be announced at the STEM Fair Awards Ceremony.
  • Copies of the scored rubrics will be sent to the STLP Coordinator within a few days of the STEM Fair.
  • It is up to the STLP Coordinator to decide how much of the scored rubric and comments to share with the students.

11.  Safety

  • All students practice ethical, safe, and legal behavior.