What is STEMfest!
This event features three Problem Solving Challenges developed by businesses that represent issue(s) they face within their industry. Middle and high school students select one challenge to work on individually or as a team and present their findings to a panel of judges during STEMfest! Teams are judged on a variety of pre-determined criteria with winners receiving an award and potential internships.
In addition to the Problem Solving Challenge component, STEMfest! also features a "show and tell" component for businesses. The community is invited to talk with and participate in activities led by businesses to learn more about the services they provide, how they use STEM, and STEM career opportunities for young adults within their business. Admission to STEMfest! is free and open to the public. All materials for each Problem Solving Challenge are provided to participants free of charge.
The STEMfest! Knox 2017 Team Info Packet is available here.
Cost: Participation in STEMfest! is free
Registration: Currently Open - Closes January 20, 2017
October 24, 2016 – January 30, 2017 – STEMfest! Knox Registration Open
Registration must be completed by Challenge Coaches (Teachers or Parents) and include a Team Name and contact information for the coach. Individual and/or team registration forms MUST be submitted by January 30, 2017 in order to participate in STEMfest! Knox
Visit http://tinyurl.com/Knox2017 to register your team.
December 10, 2016 - February 04, 2017: Kit Pick-Up
Challenge Coaches and Teams may pick-up free Problem Solving Challenge Kits at COTC (236 S. Main St., Mount Vernon) from 8:00am – 7:00pm, Monday – Friday. Teams MUST be registered for STEMfest! Knox 2016 before picking up a kit.
December 10, 2016: Problem Solving Challenge Presentations
Students, teachers, and parents may attend one or all Problem Solving Challenge Presentations at the below mentioned dates and times. Please register with Meghan Federer at [email protected].
Problem Solving Challenge Presentations Dates and Contact Information
All Presentations will be held on Saturday, December 10,
Hunter Hall, MVNU
221 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Architectural Engineering Challenge
Presented by: Whit Tussing, COTC Engineering Technology
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Presented by: Matt Rouhier, Kenyon College
Time: 2:15 – 3:15pm
3D Technology Challenge
Presented by: Richard Sutherland & David Winyard, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm
Presentation Videos and PowerPoints will be available after the presentation date.
February 7, 2017: Presentation Skills Workshop
Students and teachers are welcome to attend the Presentation Skills Workshop Please note that pre-registration is REQUIRED. You must preregister for this event with Meghan Federer at [email protected] by Tuesday, January 31. In addition to preregistering please also be sure to contact Kaitlin Brucker at [email protected] with information about your presentation. This will allow her to better prepare the workshop for registered attendees.
January 16 – February 20, 2017: Persistent Scientist Nomination
Nominate an individual team member in recognition of their diligence, hard work and attitude throughout the STEMfest! Knox problem solving challenge. A good scientist is always striving to find better, outside the box, inventive answers to any and all challenges. How a scientist approaches hurdles, works in a group and supports other team members is very important.
February 25, 2017: Judging, Event and Awards 10:00am – 4:00pm
Come and visit the interactive industry and partner displays from 12:00-3:00pm and learn more about all of theexciting STEM innovations taking place in Licking County.
Judging of the respective challenge solutions will take place in three (3) dedicated locations
concurrently with the opportunities to explore the displays. The event schedule is subject to
change based on the number of teams participating.
Please bring your PowerPoint presentation on a flash drive. A laptop and projection system will be available to you. The order of presentations will be posted at the front desk and outside of judging rooms. Note: WiFi availability is not guaranteed during STEMfest! Knox.