2019/2020 Letter of Intent for Exhibition of Student STEM Research
Chicago Public Schools believes that principals and teachers’ engagement and investment in the program are critical to the success of STEM Exhibitions(previously referred to as Science Fair) . As such, the Chicago Public Schools Office of Teaching and Learning, Department of Academic Competitions requests for principals and teachers to commit to being active participants in all aspects of STEM Exhibitions. Participation in and funding for STEM Exhibitions are contingent on the agreement to the following items:

1. Schools must complete all school STEM Exhibitions prior to Winter Break; and must abide by all rules set forth for the Regional and City STEM Exhibitions which are indicated in the 2020 Exhibition of Student STEM Research Handbook. Regional Networks STEM Exhibitions will beheld in January/February 2020
2. All STEM Exhibition Coordinators are to attend the Regional Network STEM Exhibition Orientation Meeting. If they are not able to attend, we encourage that a school representative attends as pertinent information will be shared.
3. Schools must provide a teacher to coordinate school STEM Exhibitions, be present to assist at the Regional Networks STEM Exhibition that will take place in January/February 2020 and assist at the City's Exhibition of Student STEM Research which will be held at Illinois Tech on March 20, 2020.
4. Teachers and students must submit all paperwork by the deadlines provided in order to be included in STEM Exhibition programs. No projects may be added 7 days prior to the exhibition date. (No exceptions)
5. Each participating school must provide at a minimum of 3 volunteers to serve as judges at the Regional Networks STEM Exhibition.
6. Transportation to the Regional and City STEM Exhibition is the responsibility of the school/parent. Academic Competitions will not provide transportation funding.
7. Substitute coverage will not be provided by the Department of Academic Competitions for teachers or coordinators attending Regional Network STEM Exhibitions. Substitute coverage information will be forwarded closer to the date, for teachers assisting at the City Exhibition of Student STEM Research, State Expo and International Fair. Substitute coverage will be based upon funding availability and requests from schools.
8. We request from school leadership that teachers who volunteer on committees for the City Exhibition of Student STEM Research (March 16-20, 2020), State Exposition (May 2, 3, 2020) and/or International Science Fair (May 10-15, 2020) be released to assist at the fairs.

If you have any questions, please contact Sylvia Nelson Jordan, Manager, Academic Competitions at snelson@cps.edu or Erwin Henry, Academic Competitions Specialist, at edhenry@cps.edu. For STEM Exhibition related questions, please contact Luba Johnson, Academic Competitions STEM Exhibition Coordinator and Consultant, at ljohnson131@cps.edu.

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