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MEMORANDUM TO: Blacks In Government Regional Councils Presidents

FROM: Honorable Ms. Darlene H. Young -BIG National President

SUBJECT: 2014 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-Student Competition

  1. The National Organization of Blacks In Government (BIG) is sponsoring the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-Student Competition (STEM-SC), which was formerly the Information Superhighway Student Competition (ISSC). The ISSC competition was expanded to promote science, engineering, and technology at the local and national level. This year’s competition will continue to focus on computer technology; specifically building a functional website. The official theme is: “Exploring the Capability of Robotic Engineering.” The competition provides high school students with the chance to develop computer skills and demonstrate their expertise and creativity using the computer technology. It targets 9th – 12th Grade students to compete for scholarships and awards.
  2. The computer competition allows chapters and regional councils to make a positive contribution in their community, thus increasing visibility. This provides an avenue for chapter and regional council members to participate in a worthwhile and increasing the chapter’s/council’s ability to recruit and retain members.
  3. The computer competition will occur at the BIG National Training Institute on July 31, 2014. First place winners from the chapter competitions compete at the regional level. Regional Councils’ computer competition winners compete in the national contest. The national awards are: (a) First Place – Plaque and $1000, (b) Second Place – Plaque and $600, and (c) Third Place – Plaque and $400.
  4. Please use the attached program package to assist you in conducting your computer competition program. Regional Council and chapter presidents should appoint a chair to coordinate the competition, effectively. Regional Council Presidents should also contact the chapters in their region and inform them of the date and location of their regional competitions. Please note that regional winners must be selected before July 1, 2014 and submitted to the National Program and Planning Chair no later than that date. ALL entry forms and other documents received after the June15, 2014; deadline will be returned to the region.
  5. Regional Council Presidents are asked to forward this information to their regional STEM-SC Chair or their Program and Planning Committee Chair. Also, provide the name, phone number, and e-mail address of your STEM competition chair to the National Program and Planning Committee Chair no later than 15 January 2014 at programandplanning@bignet.org.
  6. It is MANDATORY that ALL regions that compete in the STEM-SC at the national level provide a primary and alternate regional chaperone for their contestants during the National Training Institute. Final details on chaperone responsibilities will be provided closer to the national competition.All student entries at the regional and chapter level must adhere to all of the national published guidelines. Any entries submitted to compete in the national competition, which, did not adhere to the national guidelines at either chapter, regional or national level, will be immediately disqualified and will not be able to resubmit the student entry for reconsideration at any level.
  7. If you have any questions concerning the computer competition, please forward them via email to programandplanning@bignet.org. Thanks in advance.

cc: National Board of Directors, National Executive Committee, Regional Council Presidents
Attachments:

  1. 2014 STEM Competition Planning Guide
  2. 2014 STEM Competition Flyer
  3. 2014 STEM Competition Sample Press Statements
  4. 2014 STEM Competition Brochure
  5. 2014 STEM Competition Entry Form
  6. 2014 STEM Competition Judges and Master Score Sheets
  7. 2014 STEM Competition Timekeeper Sheet
  8. 2014 STEM Competition Sample Award Certificate
  9. 2014 STEM Competition Permission Form
  10. 2014 STEM Competition Package Table of Content
  11. 2014 STEM Competition Judging Rubric