Kentucky School Advocate
For the first time in three years, the Kentucky Department of Education held Kentucky’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship in person on April 20 at Central Bank Center in Lexington.
Nearly 10,000 students, educators, volunteers, community members and parents gathered to watch P-12 students from across the state showcase what they know and can do with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Students participated in nearly 50 different STLP competitions, such as robotics, coding, web design and newscasting.
STLP students created projects, products or services and demonstrated their learning by competing in various technology-rich events, including instructional, technical or community development projects; digital content creation such as digital art, photography, design, programming, app development and robotics; and technical services, like student help desk, network engineering and wireless applications.
The state championship began with more than 2,000 team and individual entries from which judges identified 61 final projects and students competed until four were named state champions in elementary, middle and high school, as well as an overall winner.
This is the 28th year of STLP and the 15th year Kentucky has had a state championship. More than 60,000 students across the Commonwealth participate in STLP.