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Student Technology Leadership Program state finals Wednesday in Lexington

502 schools to participate

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2017) — More than 9,000 students, educators and parents will be in Lexington Wednesday for the 10th annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship at Rupp Area and the Lexington Convention Center.

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 1.29.58 PMStudents from 502 schools and 129 districts will participate in the event, which highlights technology in arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields and career-ready skills.

STLP students create projects, products or services as part of the program and demonstrate their learning by competing in one of more than 50 event categories, including instructional, technical or community development projects; digital content creation such as digital art, photography, design, programming, app development and robotics; and technical services, such as the student help desk, network engineering and wireless applications.

More than 550 projects will be on display in Heritage Hall where each team will be striving to be selected as a Best in State winner. Elsewhere, nearly 300 Digital Product finalists will be scored to find the top winners in 17 different STEAM-related categories. There also are 26 different on-site Live Performance categories that challenge students to demonstrate specific technology skills such as coding, game design, robot programming, engineering, podcasting and media arts production on demand.

The event is open to the public between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Winners in each grade division (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) in each competition category will be recognized during the STLP Award Ceremony at 5 p.m. in Rupp Arena. The top three Best in State STLP Projects winners will travel to San Antonio, in June to represent Kentucky at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference/Expo.