The National At-Home STEM Competition

Important information Fall of 2020


Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, our organization offers a way for students across America to showcase their interest in STEM through The National At-Home STEM Competition. In this competition, we want to give our participants the freedom of choice to do a project in the field of STEM they are most interested in. Contestants will follow the guidelines listed below, and once their projects are submitted, judges from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and many other top universties will choose a winner. 

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We offer various prizes in our competition and $400 total! Finally, a quick reminder: you may only complete one project maximum in the field of STEM you are most interested in. All projects are due on December 7th at 11:59 pm EST. We look forward to seeing you compete!

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If you have any further questions, please contact us via email.

 

Science


In the Science Project, contestants must create a lab/experiment and lab report detailing a problem or something they attempted to find/discover. They must use the scientific process to create a professional lab. The criteria and detailed point breakdown for the Science Project can be seen below on this page.This project will be submitted by contestants taking pictures of their lab report, or through the means of submitting it online as a PDF. For the actual lab/experiment, a video may be taken and submitted, or a picture of the lab/experiment may be taken. The method the contestant chooses to submit will not impact how it is judged. The contestant only has to choose one method to submit, but can choose more if they want to. Click the following link for more information.

 Science TSOA Project

 

   

technology


In the Technology Project, contestants must choose a problem that they would like to solve. Then, they will create a solution to that problem through the use of programming. Additionally, a device can be used/created that must be programmed in order to solve the problem (e.g., Arduino). They may use any programming language they desire. The criteria and detailed point breakdown for Technology project can be seen below on this page. The student will be required to show the actual program running through the means of pictures or video. They can do the same for submitting the code, and can submit the abstract as a PDF, picture, or video. The method the contestant chooses to submit will not impact how it is judged. The contestant only has to choose one method to submit, but can choose more if they want to. Click the following link for more information.

Technology TSOA Project

 

Engineering


In the Engineering Project, contestants must design and build something that solves a problem they come up with. The criteria and detailed point breakdown for the Engineering project can be seen below on this page. The student will be required to show what they have built through the means of picture or video. They can do the same for submitting their design. Their abstract, brainstorm, reflection, and conclusion can also be submitted the same way, but they also have the option of submitting those as a PDF document. The method the contestant chooses to submit will not impact how it is judged. The contestant only has to choose one method to submit, but can choose more if they want to. Click the following link for more information.

Engineering TSOA Project 

 

 

Mathematics


In the Mathematics Project, contestants can choose between a statistics/applied math project, or a pure math project. The statistics/applied math project requires contestants to research a problem/theory/trend of their choice, and make use of analytical skills, numbers, statistical methods, and/or other mathematical models to present a solution to the student’s chosen research topic. The pure math project should involve solving an abstract problem with no real applications, or using proofs to prove something the contestant wishes to prove. The criteria and detailed point breakdown for the Mathematics project can be seen below on this page. The contestant has the option to submit their report through a video, a picture, or a PDF document. The method the contestant chooses to submit will not impact how it is judged. The contestant only has to choose one method to submit, but can choose more if they want to. Click the following link for more information. 

Mathematics TSOA Project 

COMPETITION Awards

1st Place in Science for The National At-Home STEM Competition 

    • Prizes: $100, Personalized Certificate of Achievement

1st Place in Technology for The National At-Home STEM Competition

    • Prizes: $100, Personalized Certificate of Achievement

1st Place in Engineering for The National At-Home STEM Competition

    • Prizes: $100, Personalized Certificate of Achievement

1st Place in Mathematics for The National At-Home STEM Competition 

    • Prizes: $100, Personalized Certificate of Achievement

Most Applicable Project Award (MAP Award)

    • Personalized Certificate of Achievement, and recognition
    • This award recipient shows

Most Creative STEM Project Award

    • Personalized Certificate of Achievement, and recognition
    • This award recipient has shown outstanding creativity in their project. This contestant though at home, was able to formulate a unique solution to a difficult problem.  

Mythbuster Award

    • Personalized Certificate of Achievement, and recognition
    • This project busts a commonly conceived notion as a “myth”. 

STEM in Health

    • Personalized Certificate of Achievement, and recognition
    • This project is the most applicable project to the health/medical field. It has the potential to help people all around the world.

Craziest/Weirdest Project Award: 

    • Personalized Certificate of Achievement, and recognition
    • This project stands out as the weirdest project.

Bill Nye Award: 

    • Personalized Certificate of Achievement, and recognition
    • This project explains a complex topic in a simple way.

 

How prizes are sent: The prizes are sent through PayPal, though an alternative payment process can be utilized, if necessary.

How Winners are announced: Winners will be announced on this website. They will also be sent a congratulatory email along with a personalized certificate, prize money, and a receipt of payment for the Top 3.

Certificates: Participation Certificates will be emailed to all other competitors in the Delaware At-Home STEM Competition

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To do list before submitting your project:  

      • Go through the rubric for the STEM topic you’ve chosen.
      • Collect all files you plan to submit and ensure they are in the file formats listed in the rubric.
      • Submit all of the files to our email, contact@tsoaonline.org, if the file is less than 25 MB. If the file is greater than 25 MB, share it with our email account via Google Drive.
      • At the top of your email include your Name, Title of your Project, and Topic within STEM your project is based upon (i.e., science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). If you share your project via Google Drive, email us with the information listed previously, and let us know that you shared it via Google Drive.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at contact@tsoaonline.org

 

The Judging Process

Judging will be done by student organizations at different universities in correspondence to the topic of the project. Currently, all projects will be judged by students of the Harvard Women in Computer Science, Stanford Undergraduate Research Association, Rutgers Engineering Honors Academy, Yale Scientific Magazine, Harvard Computer Society, and Physics Undergraduate Women And Gender Minorities at Stanford (however, we are certainly open to other organizations helping to judge these project categories).

We, along with the judges, cannot wait to see your projects!

 

 

Meet a few of our winners from the Spring/Summer 2020 Competition!

Elana Agarwal

1st Place in the Spring/Summer 2020 Competition.

Varun Vadhera

Winner of the Excellence in Design Process (now the MAP Award) in the Spring/Summer 2020 competition.