Tech Fair

GEORGIA INDEPENDENT & HOME SCHOOLS

REGIONAL TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION

GaSTC (Tech Fair) GOES VIRTUAL IN 2021

The region needs to know who will be participating from each school by February 21st, 2021 at the regional level
Only 1 entry for each grade-category is allowed per school !!!
Student Project Submission Regional Level Dates
  • Submission window at Regional Level: March 4- March 14, 2021
  • Project Judging dates at Regional level: March 16 – March 21, 2021
  • Regional results posted: March 26th, 2021
Student Project Submission State Level Dates
  • All regional submissions are due on April 6, 2021, to the state level.
  • Project Judging dates  – May 4-May 9, 2021
  • State level results posted – May 14, 2021

All private and homeschool students in grades 3-12 within Georgia may participate in the Fair. Grade level divisions are as follows:

  • Grades 3-4
  • Grades 5-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • Grades 9-10
  • Grades 11-12

Note: The Hardware category is restricted to 7th grade and above ONLY.

Note: The Individual and Team Programming Challenge categories are limited to 7th grade and above ONLY. 

Students register by their current grade level. There is no separate team competition. You may have up to 2 people on a team but teams and individuals will compete against each other within each grade grouping.

Projects for each category must be unique and cannot be entered in more than one category. Students may participate in only one project, excluding the Technology Literacy Challenge. If students register for more than two categories, they will be disqualified.

Registration information will be coming soon.

  • Please note that only students who attend an independent school or are home-schooled may participate in this regional competition. Public school students are not eligible for the Independent and Home School Regional Technology Competition.
  • Only one participant per school per grade level per category may participate in the regional competition. For example, only one entrant from your school may participate in 5/6 robotics.

CATEGORIES

PROJECTS

Overview:
  • Note: Due to overwhelming interest in Tech Fair, students may participate in only one project, excluding the Technology Literacy Challenge and the Programing Challenge (7-12). Projects may be submitted from an individual or up to two team members. Individuals and teams of two compete against each other. The only competition in which there is a separate award for individuals and teams is in the Programming Challenge category.

    Students may enter one project plus participate in Technology Literacy Challenge and the Programing Challenge (7-12).

    Projects are to be designed and created by students. Some adult guidance is allowed, but it must be clear that work entered by students was done by the students. Judges will expect students to demonstrate that the work is their own.

    Notebooks will not be required this year. Students will fill out and submit a Project Submission Form online.

     Attendance, Errors, Etc:

     Read the category descriptions before you select your project category. No changes will be made after the project has been registered and confirmed. After that time, students’ projects will be judged based on the category for which they registered. Changes in category WILL NOT be made for any reason the day of the fair. Projects will be judged by the category under which the project was submitted.

    Students unable to present their projects, even due to illness, may NOT use “proxies” unless they are part of the original, registered team representing a project.

SETUP

Registration Submission Items:

It is recommended that an adult supervise the submission of all project materials.

  • Virtual Presentation Video Link
  • Description of the Project
    • brief description of the project, including the project’s purpose
  • (Optional) Link to project
    • May only be applicable in specific categories
  • (Optional) Up to 5 additional supporting files
    • screenshots, documentation, photos, PDF docs, etc… (max 100 MB per file)
    • It is recommended to submit documentation that would best allow the judges to understand the work and process involved in the project. 

JUDGING

Presentation Video Guidelines:

1.Introduction

    1. Introduce yourself, grade level, and which project category you are in
    2. Please do not say the school or school district you are from

2.Address ALL topics listed below during your 10-15 minute presentation:

    1. Description of intended purpose of project
    2. Demonstration of your project and how it functions 
      1. If it isn’t currently working please explain why
      2. If it takes a long time to show the whole project (ie. video or audio), you can upload the project and submit a link to the whole project – spend time on highlights of the project if needed
    3. Demonstration of knowledge and proficiency in the use of the software/hardware used
    4. Description of the unique aspects of the project and any creative steps taken in the design process
    5. Explanation of new skills learned and applied – may include parts of the software or the design process 
    6. Description of documentation of any non-student produced materials or sources that need to be cited
    7. Reflection on improvements on current state of project or what you would have done differently if you had to do it all over again

3.Additional/Optional Questions:

    1. Hypothetical Questions 
      1. Answer some hypothetical questions you might get if presenting to a live audience
      2. You may answer some of the questions the judges asked at the regional competition
    2. Additional Help
      1. Did you work alone or with a partner? Did anybody work with you or help you? 
      2. What involvement did your parents or teachers have?
    3. Additional Questions
      1. How long did it take you to create your project?
      2. What was the easiest part? What was the most challenging part? What did you learn?
      3. What was the most fun for you?

Additional Information and Suggestions

  • Review the category rubrics before you record your presentation video
  • Draft an outline or a script of your presentation; do not read directly from a script
  • The student(s) may have someone assist them with recording the video.
  • Set up your project as if you were in front of the judges and talking to them with your project out in front of you
  • Record your video in landscape mode (horizontal, rather than vertical)
  • Look directly into the camera
  • Avoid shaky or tilted cameras – mount the camera if possible or lean it against an object
  • Find good lighting and avoid shadows; morning and evening sun are good for natural light. Avoid bright lights (such as lamps or windows) behind you or your project.
  • Students will not be judged on the production quality of their video interview

If you have questions or issues not addressed here please direct those to Aaron Griffin (aaron.griffin@gastc.org).

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