Pennsylvania is home to some of the most technologically diverse and scientifically sophisticated companies in the world. With these avenues for STEM employment existing in our communities, it is important that our students have an understanding of the concepts and skills that will be invaluable in moving citizens into these high value occupations. As such, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Governor Tom Wolf are proud to present an annual themed competition focused on exposing students to these jobs, skills, and concepts. This year’s competition, “Making Our Lives Better Through STEM”, will feature teams of students from across the commonwealth challenged to research, present and design a device or project that is capable of making the quality of life better for citizens of Pennsylvania. High school teams will be provided a $500 stipend to design and build a prototype of their device that can accomplish a series of practical tasks that can be translated into real life needs.


Students will engage with their local communities to learn about STEM-related careers and the skills necessary to be successful. To culminate the experience, students will be asked to present their findings and explain the practical applications of their device to a panel of judges. The challenge will test teams’ communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills while providing a unique opportunity to share their creativity with students from across the state.


Approximately 170 teams (limit one team per high school) are expected to participate. To register, click here. Information about dates, times and locations of this year’s competition.

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