Snow Date: March 10, 2017
Students in grades 4-8 are challenged to build an object using K'NEX, the world's most creative construction toys. Teams design and build the required object using a blueprint. At the challenge they will present a narrative report, submit blueprints and cost sheets and build their object within a certain time limit. This event will be held at NCC Monroe Campus, 2411 PA 715, Tannersville, PA 18372 on March 3, 2017 with a snow date of March 10, 2017.
Your team has been hired to create a new amusement park. However, this new amusement park is
making “green” a priority. The owners are working to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer and
are creating a fun family park that will inspire others to be environmentally friendly. You will need to
create a ride for this new park. Your ride must represent the environmentally friendly approach that
the owners are requiring.
Teams competing in the grades 6-8 division will also be asked to present a budget of their project.
They will need to inventory each K’Nex piece they use and list a price for each piece. They will need
to present their inventory and an overall cost of their project.
Who Can Participate?
Students in grades 4 - 8.
- There are two grade categories: Grades 4 - 5 and Grades 6 - 8
- The competition is limited to 65 teams total. Registration will close once 65 teams have been submitted.
- 4 students per team
- Limited to 6 teams (total) per school district/diocese.
- If your school has more than 6 teams that wish to participate, you may still register the names of the additional teams. These teams will be placed on a waitlist. After registration closes, teams on the waitlist will be addressed in the order they were received.
- For student monitoring purposes, a maximum of 8 students per teacher is acceptable, however, we encourage one teacher per team.
- A team of 4 students will work together on the project.
- Each project must use at least 1 motor.
- Teams may use up to 1400 pieces. Any pieces, as long as they are K’Nex, may be used. There is not a designated K'Nex kit that must be used.
- Please note that although there are "amusement park" K'nex kits out there, teams are encouraged to not build exact replicas of the rides in these sets, as they may lose points for creativity.
- STEM Design Challenge Kits may be purchased and are available exclusively through Fisher Science Education. The kits contain a diverse assortment of almost 1400 pieces, one motor, but NO build drawings or lesson plans. These are the same kits sent to IUs as a part of the Thermo grant. The part number is S14146 and list price is $50.00 each.
- Teams must bring their K’Nex kits on the day of the competition.
- Students will have 2 hours to put together their project at the competition.
- No pieces may be brought to the competition already joined.
- Each team will need to bring a journal and a blueprint to the competition.
- Each team will need to prepare a presentation (max 2 minutes) on their model and how they answered the challenge.
- Middle school students (Grades 6 - 8 division) will also need to present their inventory.
- Inventory List for Middle School Students
- If a team is using pieces that aren't included on this inventory list, they need to create their own inventory and prices for those pieces. Teams will not be judged on the prices that they create, but their additional price list should be comparable to the one already created. This facet of the competition is designed to showcase the students' math skills.
- Challenge Success
The top team in each division (grades 4-5 and grades 6-8) from the Colonial IU 20 regional competition will be invited to compete in the state competition on May 19, 2017 at
Important Information - Please Review
- A 3 ft. x 6 ft. table will be provided for each team to build their project at the competition
- Lunch will not be provided. Participants may bring a lunch and / or snack to the event to consume during down time or when the competition is over. There is a large area with tables and chairs.
- All students must complete our Photo Release Form: Photo Release Form. Please fax completed forms BEFORE the event to 610-515-6496 or scan and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Parents are not permitted at the event. As much as we would love to welcome parents, our capacity at the STEM competition cannot accommodate that many people.
- Teams must bring their own batteries for the motor
- Tentative Schedule
- 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Team arrival and registration
- 9:00 a.m. - Welcome & competition overview
- 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. - Student competition
- 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Intermission / Final Judging of Projects
- 12:00 p.m. - Awards ceremony
- 12:15 p.m. - Clean up and dismiss
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there any opportunity to get a free K'Nex kit? The event's sponsor, Thermo Fischer, will be distributing an allotment of "free" kits to each IU. We will in turn distribute the kits to each participating district in a way that is as fair as possible. Kits are anticipated to be given to school districts that have registered for this event in late January. CIU 20 is recommending to NOT wait for the opportunity to receive a free kit. Please note, there is no required kit that needs to be used.
- Even though there isn't a required K'Nex kit that needs to be used... will certain K'Nex kits be available for purchase at a discounted rate? Please note, there is no required kit that needs to be used. However, STEM Design Challenge Kits may be purchased and are available exclusively through Fisher Science Education. The kits contain a diverse assortment of almost 1400 pieces, one motor, but NO build drawings or lesson plans. These are the same kits sent to IUs as a part of the Thermo grant. The part number is S14146 and list price is $50.00 each. Kits can be purchased while supplies last by calling customer service at 1-800-955-1177 or by purchasing through the website: https://www.fishersci.com/shop/products/tmo-stem-design-challenge-kit-1/s14146?searchHijack=true&searchTerm=S14146&searchType=RAPID
Will there be a teacher training this year? There will not be a teacher training held for the 2017 competition.
- Are parents allowed to come? Parents are not permitted to attend the STEM Design Challenge. As much as we would love to welcome all parents, our capacity at the event location simply cannot accommodate that many people
- Can we bring technology devices to show blueprint? Yes, students may bring technology devices to display blueprints. Please make sure all devices are charged.
- Can the projects be judged before the 2 hour limit? Yes, students may have their project judged when they are finished, and do not need to wait until the end of the 2 hour limit. However, projects will be judged only once.
- What if our project gets judged before the end of the 2 hour limit? Projects may be judged early, but please make sure your students have something to do. There will be tables and lounge areas available.
- Is the price of the structure for middle school category judged? Please note there will be no judgment of budgets - it is designed to add a math component. If a team is using pieces that aren't included in this Inventory List for Middle School Students they need to create their own inventory and prices for those pieces. Teams will not be judged on the prices that they create, but their additional price list should be comparable to the one already created. This facet of the competition is designed to showcase the students' math skills.
- What type of signage / backdrops / other artwork is permitted? Teams may use a backdrop, or posterboard, but they are not required nor are they judged differently. Teams will have a 3 ft. x 6 ft. table for their project and any other sort of signage / backdrop / other artwork.
- As for the narrative in the rubric, is this to be a typed document and is there a specific required format for the narrative. We are doing an activities journal - would this be permissible under rubric guidelines. It does not have to be typed and there is no required format, although typed may be easier for judges to read. You may use this form if you would like.
Please email Julie Eates with questions: email@example.com. We would like to have all questions in writing so that we can appropriately update the "Frequently Asked Questions" for all participants.