Governor's STEM Competition
The Governor’s STEM Competition challenges student teams from across the state to research, design, and present a device or project that can make the quality of life better for Pennsylvanians by accomplishing a series of practical tasks that can fulfill real-world needs.
Registration for the virtual competition is currently open for teams of five students in grades 9 – 12! Team advisors must complete the registration form for all students participating in the competition by November 19, 2021.
During the 2021-22 school year, all registered teams will advance to the virtual state competition in April 2022.
The Governor’s STEM Competition theme is “Improving Pennsylvania Through STEM.”
There will not be a regional qualifying competition this school year.
There will be one competition (the state competition) and it will be held in April of 2022.
- There are two divisions for the 2021-22 state competition that will consist of:
- Division 1: Those who competed in the STATE COMPETITION in the last 5 years
- Division 2: Those who have not competed in the STATE COMPETITION in the last 5 years
- The state team is using the PIL regions to break teams out and encourage IU collaboration to support teams that fall under each PIL region. Direct support will come from the regional level IU point of contact.
- The stipend amount to be distributed to each team will be $600.
- Funding will be distributed as soon as possible.
- Breakdown of a timeline of the competition.
- Breakdown of the virtual presentation options that teams may engage in.
- Please note: all members of the team should be part of the video presentation.
- The state competition rubric is available below. The media release form is available under “Registration” on the Advisors/Students section of this website.
- Please review the above expectations carefully with student participants. If a team is unable to move forward with the competition, please notify our team no later thank January 14, 2022: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Registered teams that do not produce a submission and compete in the state competition will be required to return the full stipend amount as noted on the webpage. Please review the additional information and how to remit those funds.
The competition will be comprised of two phases and each phase will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Teams will be required to submit a written proposal and a multimedia presentation no longer than 20 minutes in length. More information on each phase is below:
- Phase 1 – Device or Project Documentation: 1,000-word document submitted no later than April 18, 2022.
- Phase 2 – Device or Project Presentation: 20-minute max presentation recorded and submitted no later than April 18, 2022.
At the completion of the competition, Grand Champion, First Runner Up, Second Runner Up and Third Runner Up teams will be recognized for each division.
Three special awards have been developed to honor contributions made to the Commonwealth that will impact the medical, sustainability, and survivability needs of all citizens of Pennsylvania. Each project has been placed into one of three categories (medical, sustainability, survivability) based on their project description submitted to the STEM team. The three teams from each division will be notified that their project has been awarded one of these category awards.
Important Dates to Remember
October 1, 2021
November 19, 2021
Deadline for teacher advisor to register via the competition website, make commitment for school’s participation, and submit information on students/team members for the competition.
Now through April 18, 2022
Teams will be working on both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the competition. These phases include the written proposal and device/prototype presentation. If you are unsure of the options offered to your team, please see the virtual presentation options sent out to advisors in December. If there are questions for the STEM team, please email email@example.com. Phase 1 and 2 components will be due no later than Friday, April 18 at 9:00pm.
April 8, 2022 – April 19, 2022
Judges will be reviewing and scoring team projects using Phase 1 and 2 components submitted by 9:00pm on April 9. The judges will be placed in regional groups by division and will be given a random group of projects to view and score. The top project from each group of judges will be selected based on the scoring rubric.
April 19, 2022
The top teams (one team from each set of judges) will be notified that their project will advance to the final round of judging, starting on April 19. The remaining teams that did not place in the top four teams will be notified accordingly.
Note: Three special awards have been developed to honor contributions made to the Commonwealth that will impact the medical, sustainability, and survivability needs of all citizens of Pennsylvania. Each project has been placed into one of three categories (medical, sustainability, survivability) based on their project description submitted to the STEM team. The three teams will be notified that their project has been awarded one of these category awards.
April 19, 2022 – April 25, 2022
The top projects in each region per division that are advancing to final judging will be viewed and scored by all state competition judges. These projects will be given the title of Grand Champion (1st place), First Runner Up (2nd place), Second Runner Up (3rd place), and Third Runner Up (4th place).
For more information regarding the State competition, visit The PDE Governor’s STEM Competition Page.