Regional Competition Information -- Held in conjuction with the Middle School Computer Fair

When and Where

  • Date: March 13, 2018
  • Location: Intermediate Unit 1 Central Office, Coal Center, PA
  • Time: 8:00 AM – 1:15 PM

Schedule of Events:

  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
  • Student arrival/set up projects
  • 9:00 AM
  • Competition/Judging begins
  • 9:00 AM – 9:10 AM
  • Welcome – Students and Advisors
  • 9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
  • Fab Lab Workshop
  • 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
  • Brunch
  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM
  • Peer Review
  • 12:00 Noon – 12:45 PM
  • Awards Ceremony
  • 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
  • Tear Down and Student departure

    Specific Regional Rules

    • Entries will be limited to four projects per category per district.
    • Students may work individually or in groups. Groups will be limited to three students.
    • Internet connections will be provided at the regional and state competition.
    • It is highly recommended that each school bring a laptop with the student projects already loaded. This will prevent configuration and compatibility problems. If you are not able to bring a laptop, you will need to have your project at the IU one week prior to the competition date. You may also have to supply the IU with a copy of the software you used to create the project if we do not have that software already available.
    • All entries must designate a faculty member or sponsor. All communication will go through that person. The faculty member or sponsor must accompany students to the regional and state competitions. All entries must register online and be submitted by the faculty member.
    • There will be no entrance fee charged to either the school district or student to participate.

    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 any 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.

    Narrative Description/Project Summary

    Each student must submit a narrative description/project summary with each entry into the PA Computer Fair. The PA Computer Fair Participation Packet includes the document with instructions on what information to include. The summary will be the student's opportunity to provide judges with any background information they wish the judges to be aware of during the judging process. The summary will be placed with each project for the judges to read as they evaluate the student's entry. This summary should not be more than one page and must include the following items:

    • The project's objectives, vision and/or overall purpose.
    • A list of the software applications used to create the project. List any additional equipment (scanners, digital camera, etc.) used in the creation of your project.
    • List the approximate time spent creating the project and name all contributors to the project.
    • If design elements/graphics are included, please describe where the elements originated. Please include citations of all design elements that are not original.
    • A brief description of the process used to create the project.
    • Any additional information the student feels the judges should be aware of while evaluating the project.


    • All participants will receive a participation certificate
    • All first place winners will advance to the State Competition
    • First, Second and Third place monetary awards will be awarded to the project as a whole.

    Other Important Dates

    • March 6, 2018 – All registrations due for the regional fair
    • March 13, 2018 – Regional competition at Intermediate Unit 1

    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' decisions are final.


    Click here for directions to IU 1

    For More Information

    Jordan Lozosky
    One Intermediate Unit Drive
    Coal Center, PA  15423
    724-938-3241 x405