Description of STEAM Competition
STEAM is a separate competition from either Open or Challenge, but must be based on a category from either of those. The maximum size of a team is three people (leader plus two others). The registration fee is $15 per student. For a team of three students, the fee would be $45.
What is the STEAM competition? Basically, it adds another dimension to the traditional STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Typically, the “A” in STEAM stands for Art, but it might also stand for Awe.
In any of the STEM fields, there is often a way to look at a project as being related to or enhanced by Art. The structure of something being engineered might actually be more effective if it is artistically appealing. One might consider nature’s engineering of leaves and trees as producing works of art.
It is also possible that someone got started on a STEM project because they were amazed or Awe-struck by something. An example might be seeing something in nature, being amazed, wondering how it could be explained, and then starting on science research about it. Another example might be someone envisioning an object such as a future building or vehicle and being so struck by the possibility that they begin the engineering to make it a reality.
For the STEAM competition, put your main focus on how Art and/or Awe relates to your project. The Art and the Awe of a project don’t have to be separate; they can be very closely related. To compete in STEAM, your project must be in one of the categories in the Open or Challenge competitions. The project does not have to be a winner in the chosen category, but it must qualify and be judged.
Judging for the STEAM projects will be based on the following criteria.
- The project must qualify within the chosen category in the Open or Challenge competitions. It does not need to be a winner, but it must qualify. All the form requirements must be met, all the deadlines must be met, and the registration fee must be paid.
- How did Art or Awe get you started on your project? Did it provide a different perspective for you? Did it help you see your project in a different way?
- Did the Art or Awe influence continue as the project progressed? Based on your Art/Awe experience with this project, is there anything you would recommend to anyone else trying it? Did it provide you with a perspective for how to do it better?