Discovery Education will assign students to compete at one of the six regional competitions. The Siemens Competition uses the regional structure shown in the regional map. The Competition selects up to 10 projects (up to five individuals and up to five teams) from each of the six geographic regions. Finalists (including all team members) must attend and participate in all required Competition events, including Discovery-led run-throughs the week prior to the Regional Final event.
If you are chosen as a Regional Finalist, you will be required to submit a digital poster and presentation slides by Monday, October 30, 2017, at 12:00PM E/T. A panel of judges appointed by the host institution reviews the projects, and if selected as a Regional Finalist you will present your project virtually at one of the six Regional Final events.
Students who win at the regional level compete at the national level. The National Finalists receive an expense-paid trip with a parent chaperone, to Washington, D.C. in December 2017.
Regional Finalists, both individual and team, are required to:
Submit a digital poster and a copy of their presentation slides via a secure cloud-based technology by October 30, 2017. Posters MUST be created using the template provided. See the Regional Finalist Guidelines for more information. Research completed after the original submission may not be presented in the presentation slides, included in the Regional Finals poster, or presented as part of the oral presentation.
Participate in a private, proctored oral presentation and Q&A session with the judges from each partner university via WebEx. The oral presentations will be 12 minutes in length and the Q&A session will be 15 minutes. Discovery Education will assign the time that the individuals and teams will conduct their oral presentation and Q&A session. The school administrator/principal of the student is responsible for identifying the assigned proctor. Student/Team members must secure approval from school administrators regarding the use of school facilities during these scheduled presentation times. (Regional Finalists will be provided with Regional Finals Guidelines with more information regarding the use of video/animations in presentations.)
School Access/Proctor Requirements for Regional Finalists
If selected as a Regional Finalist, the Regional Finalists’ School Administrator/Principal/Headmaster will be required to provide access to school grounds and school internet on the date of the Finalists’ Regional Final event. The School Administration should also understand that if the student is selected as a Regional Finalist, the student will be required to participate in a technical run-through the week prior to their assigned Regional Final event, where they will also require access to the Internet and the room in which they will be presenting from during their assigned Regional Final event. Lastly, if the student is selected as a Regional Finalist, Discovery Education requires the Administrator to secure an educational professional to serve as a Proctor during the students’ Regional Final event. The Proctor may work within the same school (or school district) that the Regional Finalist attends, however they may not currently teach the Regional Finalist. Additionally, proctors cannot be a student’s principal, mentor, or anyone related to the project. By signing the School Administrator endorsement form required for submission, the School Administration agrees to these responsibilities.
National Finalists are required to attend and participate in ALL events during the National Finals weekend. Events include but are not limited to the following:
A 12-minute oral presentation about the research and findings.
A private, 12-min question-and-answer session with the judges.
An exhibition of student’s printed poster, which must follow the specifications outlined in the National Finalist Guidelines
If you do not attend the National Finals event, you will forfeit your status as a National Finalist.
Finalists are evaluated on these items, in addition to the Research Report and all Additional Required Materials.
Judges expect to hear concise presentations and responses to their questions during the question-and-answer session. You must also be able to describe further aspects of your project, including the fundamental science behind what you have done. All aspects of the projects and presentations inform the final decisions of the judges.
All results and data presented in the poster, oral presentation, and Q&A session must be documented in the original Research Report. Research completed after the original submission may not be presented in the presentation slides, included in the National Finals poster, or presented as part of the oral presentation. Corrections are permitted (e.g., fixing a typo from the report) as long as the correction does not reflect new data or findings.
Regional Oral Presentation, Digital Poster and Q&A Guidelines
National Oral Presentation, Printed Poster and Q&A Guidelines