How TSOD was Formed
While other organizations were shutting down due to COVID-19, the STEM Organization of Delaware (TSOD) was opening up. In this new digital age, most clubs/organizations just do not have the resources to function in an online environment. However, TSOD was created for the very purpose of allowing students across the state to showcase their creativity and passion for the field of STEM, all on a digital platform. And we don’t just stop there; TSOD allows students to digitally network with other students interested in STEM, hear from experienced professionals in the field, gain experience in it, and have the opportunity to compete statewide and win prize money. We are making all this possible through various platforms such as Zoom, Facebook, and more.
Why You should join
- Have the opportunity to compete and place statewide
- Earn prize money for showing your STEM prowess
- Ability to not only compete in competitions, but also experience the other benefits clubs members receive (as listed below)
- Digitally network with other people interested in STEM
- Hear from experienced professionals in the field
- Obtain resources acclaimed by professionals in the field of STEM
- Gain experience in the STEM field
Raaj Pednekar is a junior at Middletown High School. He is the Treasurer of the local Business Professionals of America chapter, an intern for the K-12 Engineering Internship at the University of Delaware, a National Honor Society Member, a local math tutor and an active member of Science Olympiad. Raaj loves engineering, math, science, technology and playing/watching sports. He hopes to major in STEM in college and is interested in pursuing a career in that field.
Collin Bowers is a junior at Middletown High School. He is the Captain of Varsity Tennis, Captain of Math League, Secretary of Business Professionals of America, and is an active participant in Science Olympiad, and Health Occupations Students of America. He also attended the Governor’s School for Excellence in the summer of his sophomore year. Collin loves playing all kinds of sports, and hopes to pursue a major in one of the STEM subjects in college.
Victor Shi is a junior at Middletown High School. He is the President of Student Council, Captain of Math League, and has actively participated in Science Olympiad, Future Farmers of America, and Health Occupations Students of America. Victor currently throws varsity for Track and Field and enjoys playing basketball and piano in his free time. He loves the multitude of opportunities and subjects the STEM field offers and is pursuing a career in science.
Q: Are we an ORGANIZATION or a competition?
A: We are an organization as a whole, and the competition is conducted as part of the organization. The STEM Organization of Delaware gives students resources, connections, and other benefits. Through the organization, we run a competition called The Delaware At-Home STEM Competition. This competition is very similar to traditional science fairs and STEM fairs, but is completely digital and at-home.
Q: How do i sign up?
A: You can easily sign up for the organization and for the competition by filling out the following form.
Sign Up Form: https://forms.gle/febKWHNZy4ZkE5Db9
Q: Who judges the projects?
A: Judging will be done by graduates of the University of Pennsylvania and professionals in the field of STEM. They will follow the rubric given, as seen in the Project Info links on the Competition page. All rubrics have been standardized to ensure equal and balanced scoring for all four types of projects.
Q: What happens after you sign up for the competition and/or submit your project(s)?
A: After you sign up for the competition, we will send you an email confirming your registration. After you submit your project(s), we will email you a confirmation letter to confirm your submission.
Q: Do i get a Certificate of Participation?
A: Yes, this certificate is given to all participants in the Delaware At-Home STEM Competition. A separate “Personalized Certificate of Achievement” is given to the students who place or receive an award.
Q: Are the awards given to the best projects in each category of STEM, or to the best projects in all categories of STEM?
A: Although we have different project categories, there are not awards for each category. Because the rubric is standardized (this is explained in the Judging Process section under the Competition tab), we have overall awards for the entire competition (i.e., whoever has the most points out of all four of the project categories gets first place). Thus, we recommend you choose to do a project in the subject you are most comfortable with so you have the best chance of winning!
Q: Can multiple projects be done?
A: Yes, a student may only submit up to two (2) separate projects. The student may submit two projects to the same field, however, they must be on different topics. Ex: Two technology projects can be done but they both can not be games. One can be about a game and one can be about ordering from a menu.
Q: DO contestants need to reside in Delaware to compete?
A: To participate in The Delaware At-Home STEM Competition, students do not have to reside in Delaware—they just have to attend high school in Delaware.