The Delaware At-Home STEM Competition

Important information Spring 2020


Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, our organization offers a way for Delaware students to showcase their interest in STEM through The Delaware At-Home STEM Competition. In this contest, we want to give our participants the freedom of choice to do a project in the field of STEM they are most interested in. In this competition, contestants will follow the guidelines listed below, and once their projects are submitted, qualified judges will choose a winner. We offer various prizes in our competition and $150 goes to first place! Finally, a quick reminder: you only have to complete one project minimum in the field of STEM you are most interested in. However if you would like to do more, you may only do two maximum. (refer to the FAQ section in About Us). All projects are due on July 15th at 11:59 pm EST. We look forward to seeing you compete!

Here is the Google Form to sign up: https://forms.gle/febKWHNZy4ZkE5Db9 

By submitting your project to our email or sharing it with us on Google Drive, The STEM Organization of Delaware (TSOD) will not be liable for any personal harm or property damage. If you have any further questions, please contact us via email.

 

Science


In the Science Project, contestants must create a lab/experiment and lab report detailing a problem or something they attempted to find/discover. They must use the scientific process, along with additional procedures, to create a professional lab. This project will be submitted by contestants taking pictures of their lab report, or through the means of submitting it online as a PDF. For the actual lab/experiment, a video can be taken and submitted or a picture of the lab/experiment can be taken. The method the contestant chooses to submit will not impact how it is judged. The contestant only has to choose one method to submit, but can choose more if they want to. Click the following link for more information.

Science TSOD Project

   

technology


In the Technology Project, contestants must choose a problem that they would like to solve. Then, they will create a solution to that problem through the use of programming. They may use any programming language they desire. The student will be required to show the actual program running through the means of pictures or video. They can do the same for submitting the code, and can submit the abstract as a PDF, picture, or video. The method the contestant chooses to submit will not impact how it is judged. The contestant only has to choose one method to submit, but can choose more if they want to. Click the following link for more information.

Technology TSOD Project

 

Engineering


In the Engineering Project, contestants must design and build something that solves a problem they come up with. Contestants must provide their solution as detailed in the rubric below. The student will be required to show what they have built through the means of picture or video. They can do the same for submitting their design. Their abstract, brainstorm, reflection, and conclusion can also be submitted the same way, but they also have the option of submitting those as a PDF document. The method the contestant chooses to submit will not impact how it is judged. The contestant only has to choose one method to submit, but can choose more if they want to. Click the following link for more information.

Engineering TSOD Project

 

 

Mathematics


In the Mathematics Project, contestants must research a problem/theory/trend of their choice, and make use of analytical skills, numbers, statistical methods, and other mathematical models to present a solution to the student’s chosen research topic. The contestant has the option to submit their report through a video, a picture, or a PDF document. The method the contestant chooses to submit will not impact how it is judged. The contestant only has to choose one method to submit, but can choose more if they want to. Click the following link for more information. 

Mathematics TSOD Project

COMPETITION Awards

  • 1st Place in The Delaware At-Home STEM Competition
    • Prizes: $150, Personalized Certificate of Achievement
  • 2nd Place in The Delaware At-Home STEM Competition
    • Prizes: $50, Personalized Certificate of Achievement
  • 3rd Place in The Delaware At-Home STEM Competition
    • Prizes: $25, Personalized Certificate of Achievement
  • Excellence in Design Process Award 
    • Personalized Certificate of Achievement, and recognition
    • This award recipient shows the most insightful response in the optional design process task. They must show a detailed and thorough response to receive this award. More information is below on this page. 
  • Most Creative STEM Project Award
    • Personalized Certificate of Achievement, and recognition
    • This award recipient has shown outstanding creativity in their project. This contestant though at home, was able to formulate a unique solution to a hard problem.  

How prizes are sent: The prizes are sent through PayPal, though an alternative payment process can be utilized, if necessary.

How Winners are announced: Winners will be announced on this website. They will also be sent a congratulatory email along with prize money and a receipt of payment for the Top 3.

Sign Up below for a chance to win these awards: https://forms.gle/febKWHNZy4ZkE5Db9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the design process?


The design process is an optional short questionnaire that all contestants will receive after they sign up. It challenges contestants to make connections between their project and the real world. The Excellence in Design Process Award is given to the most insightful response. The Design Process can be e-mailed with the rest of the project when it is submitted. This task will not help nor harm your score, but an award is given.

 

The Judging Process


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 Competitionpage. All rubrics have been standardized to ensure equal and balanced scoring for all four types of projects (i.e., each point is equally difficult to earn on each of the four types of projects, so choosing one type of project will not have an advantage over choosing another). We, along with the judges, cannot wait to see your projects!