Logo winner Gery Schnarrs from East Pennsboro Middle School

General Information

Purpose

The Pennsylvania Middle School Computer Fair is an annual event that highlights Pennsylvania middle school students' application skills and computer knowledge. Students are able to unleash their creativity, learn how to convey information more dynamically, and enhance the learning process.

Eligibility

Participation is open to any student enrolled:

  • In grades 6 - 8
  • In a public or private middle school
  • In a state-approved home-school program
  • Within the geographic boundaries served by a sponsoring intermediate unit

Participant selection process:

  • Local competition and/or selection process-- Local middle schools will be responsible for selecting the students who will advance to regionals.
  • All projects must be new or significantly changed over previous year entries. The narrative description must describe the enhancements to a project that was previously entered.
  • Regional competition-- Each intermediate unit will designate the number of projects eligible for regionals. First place winners from the regional competitions will advance to the state competition. There will be no entrance fee charged to either the school district or student to participate in the state competition.
  • State competition -- Wednesday May 25, 2016 at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.

Copyright Requirements

The Pennsylvania Computer Fair, although educational, removes the student work from the classroom and therefore requires the student to get permission from the owner to use any copyrighted music, video, graphics, etc. Fair use does NOT apply. Remember to credit music or items that were created by yourself or friends as well.

Display boards or other items that are included with, but not part of the project, may not contain copyrighted material. Display boards are not judged for appearance, however, they will be inspected and can cause the project to be disqualified if copyrighted material is found.

The Copyright Signoff form, Project Narrative/Summary, and Photo Release form have been combined into one file for your convenience (Computer Fair Participation Packet). This completed packet MUST accompany every project. Click here to download.

Hardware/Software and Other Important Rules

  • Hardware and software requirements for the regional competitions will be determined by the individual intermediate units.
  • All hardware and software will be provided by the student or school district for the state competition.
  • Internet connections will be provided at the State competition.
  • Each project must have it's own computer, if one is required for that category. No projects will share a single computer at the state competition.
  • Each project may bring only one computer.
  • At the state competition, students must provide a power strip for their computer. Extension cords will be provided.
  • The logo and graphic design categories will not be allowed to bring a computer or have access to electric at the state fair. Students must use a computer to develop their project, but only the end product and a descriptive narrative of the project development will be displayed.
  • 3D graphics must be in print form to be eligible.
  • Digital movie projects may bring a single computer and monitor or a DVD. A DVD player and monitor will be supplied at the state competition for the judges to view the projects.
  • Displays and monitors must not exceed 24 inches.
  • Space will be assigned and limited to 3 square feet per project.
  • Narrative descriptions are required for all projects in all categories. They must be detailed to provide judges with information to fairly judge the project.

Judging Criteria

  • Preliminary judging: a minimum of two judges will view the project to determine a group of finalists.
  • Final judging: All judges will view each of the finalists' projects and may require the students to answer questions.
  • All judging rubrics are posted on this website.
  • Judges may not have a direct association with the participants.
  • Judges' decisions are final.

Categories

Registration

  • All participants must register online at http://www.middleschoolcomputerfair.org
  • Registration for the regional competition must be completed and submitted by the date specified by the appropriate regional intermediate unit.
  • Registrations for the state competition will be submitted by the intermediate unit.
  • Students may participate individually or as a group. A student may submit an individual project and take part in a group project, however the projects cannot be in the same category.
  • Groups will be limited to three students.
  • Cash prizes awarded to a group project will be split a maximum of three ways.
  • A faculty advisor/sponsor must be identified. The faculty advisor/sponsor will be responsible for accompanying students during the regional and state competitions.
  • All communication will be provided through the faculty advisor/sponsor.