Murt Encourages Students to Take Part in STEM Competition
9/23/2014
HARRISBURG-- Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) is urging all eligible students to take part in Pennsylvania’s first annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Competition.

“The sciences are critical to the long-term stability of Pennsylvania’s economy, and this competition will introduce students to the employment opportunities in the Commonwealth as a way of encouraging them to continue studying in these fields,” Murt said. “Students participating in the competition will get a better understanding of the skills needed for these high-value occupations.”

The competition is open to public, nonpublic and private school students in grades 9-12 to showcase their skills and expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Teams of five students will be selected from each interested school and will explore STEM opportunities available in their local communities. Students will select a real-world problem; conduct research; and design, build and present a prototype device that is capable of making the quality of life better for the citizens of Pennsylvania.

The first phase of the competition will take place in February 2015 during 27 regional competitions to be hosted by the state’s intermediate units. Student teams that win the regional competition will advance to the statewide competition, which will be held on May 29, 2015, at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster.

To ensure that all students are able to participate, each student team will be provided with a $500 stipend to cover project costs at the regional level, and each team that advances to the state competition will be provided an additional $750 stipend.

For the statewide competition, the top three teams will be awarded scholarships for postsecondary education. For first place, each student team member will receive $2,000; for second place, each student will receive $1,000; and for third place, each student will receive $500.

In addition, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) will provide an additional scholarship to those winning students who choose to attend one of the 14 PASSHE universities. First-place winners will receive an additional $1,000 and second- and third-place winners will receive an additional $500.

For more information, visit the state’s STEM website at http://pastemcompetition.com. The deadline for teams to declare their intent to participate is Sept. 29, 2014. Schools planning to participate must receive permission from their administration and superintendent before submitting a registration form located under the “participate” section of the website.

Representative Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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