ProjectCSGirls

Ages:Middle School

Type:Submission

Categories:Coding & Computer Science, STEM

Scope:National

Registration Opens
Nov 1, 2019 12:01am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Mar 1, 2020 12:01am
America/New_York

The challenge is simple. Build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of four themes - global health, a safer world, intelligent technology, and bridging inequalities. You can think of it as a virtual hackathon for middle school girls.

We're looking for projects that are powerful in their ability to change and disrupt the present in a positive way. And we see to build a community of creative, talented, and confident young women building the technologies that will shape the future. In this challenge, middle school girls compete to make the best project that could change the world.

Here's the fun part. You can choose to build any kind of technology to address your chosen social issue. Examples include a mobile app, robot, device, web app, website, analytics software, algorithm, virtual reality (VR) program - and anything else you can come up with! To help you brainstorm, you can also take a look at winning projects from past years here. The best projects are creative and novel, but they also address a well-defined problem. You will need to submit 1) your technical report, 2) your video, and 3) your project feature so make sure to have those ready and finalized before you submit. Incomplete submissions will not be judged.

  1. A Technical Report: Your technical report should detail the why, how, and so what of your project. This is your opportunity to showcase all the hard work you've put into designing and building your project.
  2. A video: Your video should serve two purposes - to provide a visual depiction of your technology and to demonstrate your knowledge of it. Make sure you show your product working properly and then provide a brief description of how it works and what its purpose is. The video should be a condensed version of the rest of your report.
  3. A project feature: Your project feature will not be judged. Once the submission period ends and finalists are selected, we will be posting one team's project feature each day to showcase your projects to the world. Features will be posted on the website as well as on our social media pages. Your feature should be succinct and exciting, but should also provide enough details so that readers can grasp the technical nature of your project and the social issue it addresses. Make sure to show your technology's intended impact and to indicate your chosen theme.

ORIGINALITY (20 POINTS REPORT, 5 POINTS VIDEO)

Projects must be the original work of the individual or team. That is not to say that you cannot incorporate or integrate multiple elements drawn from previous research done in the field. Doing so is perfectly acceptable. However, the idea of your project must improve upon previously implemented solutions to the problem they are trying to solve. We want to see ideas that can revolutionize the future of modern technology.

DEMONSTRATION OF TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE (20 POINTS REPORT, 5 POINTS VIDEO)

Participants must demonstrate that they have put a good amount of thought and time into their project and the best way to do this is by showing us how much you know about your topic of interest. Technical detail will greatly help the judges who review your project. Show us how the science plays into your project and keep in mind that this is a computer science and technology competition, so emphasize those aspects of your project. Make sure to include all relevant data, graphs, and analysis to supplement your writeup. 

CREATIVITY (20 POINTS REPORT, 5 POINTS VIDEO)

In any field and especially one as dynamic as technology, creativity is essential. Making your project especially creative will set it apart from the crowd. Show us how creative and forward-thinking you are by making these qualities stand out. The greatest thinkers and leaders of today are the ones who were the most creative and innovative in their ideas.

IMPACT (20 POINTS REPORT, 5 POINTS VIDEO)

The best projects are those that have real societal impact. That is, the large-scale implementation of the technology would substantially improve some facet of society. We are looking for projects that have this kind of impact. In your submission, emphasize the impact of your work and the further implications your work has.

CLARITY (10 POINTS REPORT, 5 POINTS VIDEO)

Projects must be clearly presented both in writing and visually through your video. Although the video will not be weighted as heavily as the writing portions, it must still be able to be understood clearly. All portions of your project should be easily understandable as well as sophisticated. Clarity is critical to getting your ideas across to your judges, so review your report multiple times before submitting so that you know you've made it as clear as possible.

FULL SCORE CALCULATION

Technical report = 20 + 20 + 20 + 20 + 10 = 90 points max Video = 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 25 Points Max Total = 90 + 25 = 115 Points Max The projects awarded the highest total scores will be named finalists and national winners. All projects are judged by industry professionals.
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: https://www.projectcsgirls.com

Managing Organization: ProjectCSGIRLS

Contact:

info@projectcsgirls.com

Entry Fee:

Eligibility:
To be eligible to participate, you must be a girl attending middle school (6th - 8th grade) in the 2019-2020 school year and must reside in the United States or any of the US territories. 6th graders attending elementary school and home-schooled girls may participate. Both individuals and teams of up to 3 members will be allowed to participate but will not be judged separately. You can participate in the ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls as either i) an individual participant or ii) a team of 2 or 3 middle school girls. Individuals and teams are not judged separately.

Registration Opens
Nov 1, 2019 12:01am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Mar 1, 2020 12:01am
America/New_York

Overview

The challenge is simple. Build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of four themes - global health, a safer world, intelligent technology, and bridging inequalities. You can think of it as a virtual hackathon for middle school girls.

We're looking for projects that are powerful in their ability to change and disrupt the present in a positive way. And we see to build a community of creative, talented, and confident young women building the technologies that will shape the future. In this challenge, middle school girls compete to make the best project that could change the world.

Process

Here's the fun part. You can choose to build any kind of technology to address your chosen social issue. Examples include a mobile app, robot, device, web app, website, analytics software, algorithm, virtual reality (VR) program - and anything else you can come up with! To help you brainstorm, you can also take a look at winning projects from past years here. The best projects are creative and novel, but they also address a well-defined problem. You will need to submit 1) your technical report, 2) your video, and 3) your project feature so make sure to have those ready and finalized before you submit. Incomplete submissions will not be judged.
  1. A Technical Report: Your technical report should detail the why, how, and so what of your project. This is your opportunity to showcase all the hard work you've put into designing and building your project.
  2. A video: Your video should serve two purposes - to provide a visual depiction of your technology and to demonstrate your knowledge of it. Make sure you show your product working properly and then provide a brief description of how it works and what its purpose is. The video should be a condensed version of the rest of your report.
  3. A project feature: Your project feature will not be judged. Once the submission period ends and finalists are selected, we will be posting one team's project feature each day to showcase your projects to the world. Features will be posted on the website as well as on our social media pages. Your feature should be succinct and exciting, but should also provide enough details so that readers can grasp the technical nature of your project and the social issue it addresses. Make sure to show your technology's intended impact and to indicate your chosen theme.

Criteria

ORIGINALITY (20 POINTS REPORT, 5 POINTS VIDEO)

Projects must be the original work of the individual or team. That is not to say that you cannot incorporate or integrate multiple elements drawn from previous research done in the field. Doing so is perfectly acceptable. However, the idea of your project must improve upon previously implemented solutions to the problem they are trying to solve. We want to see ideas that can revolutionize the future of modern technology.

DEMONSTRATION OF TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE (20 POINTS REPORT, 5 POINTS VIDEO)

Participants must demonstrate that they have put a good amount of thought and time into their project and the best way to do this is by showing us how much you know about your topic of interest. Technical detail will greatly help the judges who review your project. Show us how the science plays into your project and keep in mind that this is a computer science and technology competition, so emphasize those aspects of your project. Make sure to include all relevant data, graphs, and analysis to supplement your writeup. 

CREATIVITY (20 POINTS REPORT, 5 POINTS VIDEO)

In any field and especially one as dynamic as technology, creativity is essential. Making your project especially creative will set it apart from the crowd. Show us how creative and forward-thinking you are by making these qualities stand out. The greatest thinkers and leaders of today are the ones who were the most creative and innovative in their ideas.

IMPACT (20 POINTS REPORT, 5 POINTS VIDEO)

The best projects are those that have real societal impact. That is, the large-scale implementation of the technology would substantially improve some facet of society. We are looking for projects that have this kind of impact. In your submission, emphasize the impact of your work and the further implications your work has.

CLARITY (10 POINTS REPORT, 5 POINTS VIDEO)

Projects must be clearly presented both in writing and visually through your video. Although the video will not be weighted as heavily as the writing portions, it must still be able to be understood clearly. All portions of your project should be easily understandable as well as sophisticated. Clarity is critical to getting your ideas across to your judges, so review your report multiple times before submitting so that you know you've made it as clear as possible.

FULL SCORE CALCULATION

Technical report = 20 + 20 + 20 + 20 + 10 = 90 points max Video = 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 25 Points Max Total = 90 + 25 = 115 Points Max The projects awarded the highest total scores will be named finalists and national winners. All projects are judged by industry professionals.

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: https://www.projectcsgirls.com

Managing Organization: ProjectCSGIRLS

Contact:

info@projectcsgirls.com

Entry Fee:

Eligibility:
To be eligible to participate, you must be a girl attending middle school (6th - 8th grade) in the 2019-2020 school year and must reside in the United States or any of the US territories. 6th graders attending elementary school and home-schooled girls may participate. Both individuals and teams of up to 3 members will be allowed to participate but will not be judged separately. You can participate in the ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls as either i) an individual participant or ii) a team of 2 or 3 middle school girls. Individuals and teams are not judged separately.

Deadlines

Registration Opens
Nov 1, 2019 12:01am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Mar 1, 2020 12:01am
America/New_York