What's it all about? ➜ This Google Sheet contains developing details on all of the competition categories available for the 2023-24 STLP year.Last Update: 09/14/23
Recent Updates Highlighted in Yellow
UPDATES/NEWSImportant Dates for 2023-2024DatesALLLINKN/ACheck out the complete STLP calendar for the year. This live sheet will update as new deadlines are determined.
QUICK LINK: STLP24 State Champions & Award ShowsNewsALLLINKEVERYONE!STLP24 State Championship info page + registration is live! Get all you need to know about #STLP24 in one handy location. Register before 2/28 deadline.
NEW! STLP24 State Challenges UPDATED RUBRICSChallengesALLSEE BELOWN/AState Challenge Rubrics are being re-written! Check them out below
ALL YEAR ACTIVITIESGET RECOGNIZEDStart by letting us know about your STLPSchool wideK - 12thVIEW FORMOne form completed annually per schoolEach STLP school is asked to complete the online form to help us know where our active STLP groups are located, how many students are participating, etc.
Complete the online form annuallyAnnually completing the online form is a prerequisite for participation in any of the STLP Big 3 competitions (Regionals, CDA, and/or State).
GET CONNECTEDJoin KySTLP listserv STLP CoachAllSUBSCRIBEN/AThe KySTLP listserv is a subscription based email group that allows STLP Coaches to crowd-source questions, ideas, etc. Take action to join or leave the listserv at your own discretion.
Follow STLP Kentucky on FacebookFOLLOW
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Follow STLPKentucky YouTube ChannelSUBSCRIBE
Follow @STLPKentucky on X/TwitterFOLLOW
LEVEL UP (BADGES)Display STLP Support badgesSchool wideK - 12thGET BADGES
Earn "Achieve" type badgesVIEW BADGESNo limitEarn recognition for creating artifacts that demonstrate learning or show evidence of participation in events that forward the mission of STLP. Example: register a project for a Regional event. Multiple Achievement Level Up badges available.
Earn "Collaborate" type badgesVIEW BADGESNo limitWork with others to accomplish STLP goals. Example: Google Meet with another STLP to peer review project presentations. Multiple Collabortion Level Up badges available.
Earn "Contribute" type badgesVIEW BADGESNo limitCreat and share content, news, ideas, feedback as a way to connect STLP with your school, parents, community and peers. Multiple Contribute Level Up badges available.
Earn "Progression" type badgesVIEW BADGESNo limitLevel Up by earning cumulative badges. Example: compete in every catevgory of a Big 3 Event, like CDA. Multiple Progression Level Up badges are available.
Earn "Challenge" type badgesVIEW BADGESNo limitTackle new activity challenges within a limited timeframe. Challenge badges are available only during specific windows of time throughout the STLP year.
GOLD STATUS STLP- At the end of the STLP year, apply onlineSchool wideK - 12thGO FOR GOLD1 application per schoolUtilize the Gold Status application process as an activity for your STLP students. Let them work on the application as a team as an end-of-the-year activity.
- Apply this year for designation next yearGold Status application deadline is near the end of the school year intentionally, as your STLP will reflect upon your activity over the current year to apply for Gold Status for next year.
- Two options: Retain Gold or Achieve Gold"Retain" Gold Status is for STLPs with a current Gold Status designation. "Achieve" for STLP's that have allowed their Gold Status to lapse or are new to applying got Gold Status.
- "Retain" is for returning Gold Status groupsMaintaining your school's Gold Status is helpful. Current Gold Status schools have a greatly abbreviated application process when submitting to "Retain" as compared to "Request"
- "Achieve" is more in-depth applicationVIEW RUBRICLetting your Gold Status lapse means your STLP will return the "Achieve" Gold Status application process.
- Both options require earning Level Up badgesGathering Level Up badges is an important part of the Gold Status application process. The application will ask you identify how several of those badges were earned.
- Applications have student input/participationThe Gold Status application review process is lengthy and takes the whole of "summer vacation" to complete. Expect to learn if your STLP acheived Gold Status at the start of school.
STLP PROJECTSLEVEL i PROJECTSNEW! Project Planner: LEVEL i and LEVEL 1ResourceALLLINKN/AThe Project Planner is back! This new resource is intended to assist your groups while working through their Level i and Level 1 projects. More information will be made available on the 2023-24 STLP Project Toolkit
Local Project Showcases to Pick Level 1 TeamsSchool/DistrictK - 12thEvery STLPNew for 2023: Level i Project stage occurs at the local level as a pitch fest to determine which project teams will be chosen to represent your school as part of the Level 1 Project presentations in December. See Project Toolkit for details.
LEVEL 1 PROJECTS*Updated* STLP Project Toolkit (with Level 1 Rubric)TeamK - 12thVIEW TOOLKIT4 Projects per schoolStudents present their project plan/starting stages. Level 1 Project share LIVE to Judges via online conference. Share your project plans in a succinct report that gives a breif overview of project plan and current progress. Use guiding questions in updated rubric.
KY Academic Standards (Tech) PostersN/AK - 12thGET POSTERSN/ASTLP is built on the foundation of the required K-12 KY Academic Standards for Technology. Utilize these posters to make projects meaningful to student learning and tie Projects to standards.
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KY Academic Standards for TechnologyN/AK - 12thGET STANDARDSN/ASTLP is tied directly to KAS Technology. Since the new KY Technology Standards are to be taught at every grade level, use STLP activities to help meet those required standards...and maybe become a State Champion!
Resource: Access the STLP logoN/AK - 12thACCESS LOGOSN/AAccess the STLP logo (in various forms, styles, and colors). The STLP logo should be displayed proudly in your presentation and presentation space.
ENGINEERS/ AMBASSADORSService Team: Engineers/AmbassadorsIndividual9th-12thGET INFO2 candidates per schoolInterview for position on STLP Engineers service team. Provide leadership and technical support at STLP State, KySTE Spring Conference. Review qualification carefully.
Service Team: Engineer/Ambassadors ApplicationDue. 11/209th-12thCLOSEDDeadline Nov. 20Submit info with links to resume, video, references, and completed documentation. Visit for more information about the STLP E/A Team.
LEVEL 1: REGIONALSSTLP23 Level 1 Project Registration Due. 11/20K - 12thCLOSEDDeadline Nov. 20Register working project titles to reserve a spot for your teams before Nov. 20 deadline. Consult the STLP Project Toolkit for info about projects, dates, and resources
STLP23 Level 1: Regionals (Live online Dec. 6)TeamK - 12thCOMPLETEDLive online Dec. 6Level 1 Project team will meet remotely with Level 1 Judges and give their Progress Report (being sure to address each of the 7 Guiding Questions). Review Project Toolkit and Regionals Info page for guidance.
Submit "Not Yet" RepliesDeadlineK - 12thJan. 8, 2024LINKIf team qualifies, submit a brief response indicating what steps your team plans to take to implement Level 1 Judges feedback. "Not Yet" projects will be considered for advancement to L2 at STLP State.
Submit "Do Over" PresentationsDeadlineK - 12thDec. 20LINKTeams that could not/did not present during Regionals can submit a video to be considered. Teams will not have the benefit of detailed judge feedback but will be considered for L2
2023 Regionals Info PageInfoALLVISITVISITImportant launch pad for Level 1 Projects. Learn about Regionals, register projects, view elevator pitch assignments.
MOVING TO LEVEL 2Next steps for teams advancing to L2 at STLP StateN/AK - 12thVIEWRegister for L2 by 2/28Congrats to all the project teams who have advanced to Level 2 judging at STLP STate Championship. Level 2 is the semi-finalist level of the STLP Project Cycle. Be sure to review the Project Toolkit as you prep and register your teams before the deadline!
CREATIVE DIGITAL ARTSCREATIVE DIGITAL ARTS (FORMERLY DPOJ)Creative Digital Arts: 3D DesignIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per school Artists create a 3D model/design of an existing object or an original creation using digital tools. Products must be submitted as a screencast.
Creative Digital Arts: Book CoverIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per school Imagine a new book cover for your favorite book. Students can use digital photography, image manipulation tools, or digital art as the basis for this product
Creative Digital Arts: Digital IllustrationIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per school Look for creative students who produce digital art for projects, web sites, materials, etc. All original Digital Art work has no clip art or images from any other source.
Creative Digital Arts: Digital Element DesignIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per school Students create original digital designs using elements that incorporate graphic design principles infused with digital elements such as motion, interactivity, or looping graphics
Creative Digital Arts: Digital Music CompositionIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per school Create original digital music piece using available software. Review rubric for details about how to properly document the type of music being produced. Rock on!
Creative Digital Arts: Digital Music ManipulationIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per school Create original digital music piece by using loops/samples of other music. Review rubric for details about how to properly document the type of music being produced. Rock on!
Creative Digital Arts: Digital PhotographIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per schoolEnter original photos that utilize composition, framing, and feel without over dependence upon software enhancement (filters, effects, etc.)
Creative Digital Arts: Digital Photo EssayIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per schoolStudents will tell a complete story using only original photographs they have taken. Photo essays will utilize between 5 and 10 original photos to tell an impactful story...without words.
Creative Digital Arts: Digital StorytellingIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per school Use digital tools in any combination of music, sound effects, images, text, narrations and more to present a digital telling of their own original story.
Creative Digital Arts: InfographicIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per schoolInfographics are visually stimulating ways to present data/information in a simplified and understandable manner. Create design elements such as charts, graphs, maps, etc.
Creative Digital Arts: Logo DesignIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per schoolSoftware is used to create and combine symbols, images and/or words to create a visual representation of ideas and messages. All aspects of the content should be original.
Creative Digital Arts: Manipulated ImageIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per schoolTake one or more original images and combines them, change them, add/remove items, etc., in order to create a totally new original image.
Creative Digital Arts: Multimedia Mash-UpIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per schoolUse digital tools to create original content by combining at least three of the following media types: animation, audio, design software, images, interactive device, text, and video.
Creative Digital Arts: Screen Capture TutorialIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per schoolScreen capture tutorials are short multimedia products that utilize screen recording tools to actively teach a skill or process as it occurs on the narrator’s device.
Creative Digital Arts: AnimationTeamK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per schoolUsing digital tools, students produced original animated shorts (can be stop motion, motion graphics, etc.)
Creative Digital Arts: Augmented RealityTeamK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC1 entry per schoolUsing digital tools, student teams create projects in the augmented reality domain that can be useful for school, home, and/or community
Creative Digital Arts: Data for ActionTeam6 - 12thVIEW RUBRIC1 entry per schoolSpecial two part categorey: Stage 1 (CDA) - using specified sources, tell the story behind the data; Stage 2 (State) - present data based findings and recommend action
Creative Digital Arts: DocumentaryTeamK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per schoolEntries tell stories about a person, event, or a place from recent or past history. It may include some still images or other media but the majority should be motion footage.
Creative Digital Arts: ePublishingTeamK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per schoolStudents publish digital materials. Provide a URL link to a strong sample of how students are making publications for learning.
Creative Digital Arts: Feature VideoTeamK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per schoolA Feature Video is a short piece used to inform or entertain the audience about a specific topic (of your choice).
Creative Digital Arts: Kentucky Travel: Unveiling the Hidden GemsTeamK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC1 entry per schoolCreate a video that adds to the travel campaign: THERE’S ONLY ONE KENTUCKY. Your local community is the ideal location and the best way to get others involved is to make a video that showcases your area.
Creative Digital Arts: Media Literacy AwarenessTeamK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC1 entry per schoolStudents produce a collection of at least 3 samples of media used to promote peer/community awareness and identification of misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation
Creative Digital Arts: Minecraft '24: LitCraft: Imagination to CreationTeamK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC1 entry per schoolTeams follow the prompt provided and submit a video capture of their Minecraft build (and process document explaining their build). Submit link to video by CDA deadline.
NEW to CDA: Newscast (previously State Challenge)TeamK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC1 entry per school
If your school has a news program, let us know more about it. Sign up and show off your news show prowess!
NEW to CDA: Podcast (previously State Challenge)TeamK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC1 entry per school
Create and share an original podcasting series using a variety of hosting options.
Creative Digital Arts: PSA VideoTeamK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 entries per schoolThe Public Service Announcement (PSA) video should market a product or idea and be persuasive. It meets the precise time limit of 15, 30, or 60 seconds (including credits)
SERVICE TEAMS (Apply During Winter for Position at State)Service Team: Block Code CrewIndividual6th - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 may apply per schoolSubmit digital presentation with highlighting experience and sample work .Those selected will serve on Block Code Crew service team at STLP State.
Service Team: KyGoPlay InnovatorIndividual6th - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 may apply per schoolSubmit a video describing how they personally “play to learn” and how they exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity. STLP KyGoPlay Innovators will lead others to play and learn through challenge-based activities at STLP State.
Service Team: Creative Media TeamIndividual6th - 12thCOMING SOON2 may apply per schoolNEW for 2023: Apply and interview to be a contributing member of the STLP Creative Media Team at STLP State and put your Media Arts skills to use. Travel to Lex and help us promote, inform, and highlight events throughout the day at State.
CREATIVE DIGITAL ARTS: RESOURCESKET Media Arts ToolkitResourcesK - 12thVIEW TOOLKITWhole School ResourceGreat connections to CDA categories with thanks from partners at KET Education. Find tips on how to start creating media and learn how artists are using media in their artworks.
Creative Digital Arts Categories slide deck (*from 2023)VIEW SLIDESNEW RESOURCE: Shared from Kelly Fischer and Emily Tighe, DLC's and STLP Leads for Fayette County Public Schools. Great resource for students and coaches to explore and discover CDA categories.
STLP24 Creative Digital Arts Registration Planning ToolPLANNING TOOLGrab a copy of a Google Sheet version of the CDA registration. Complete "offline" then copy/paste your entries into the CDA registration when you're ready to submit.
STLP24 Creative Digital Arts Registration + Info PageVIEWComplete the online registration ahead of the deadline. Be sure to check all product URLs are directly accessible for judges. Deadline Dec. 20, 2023
STLP23 CDA Semi-Finalists listVIEWCongratulations to this year's Digital Product Semi-Finalists. See who is advancing to #STLP23 State and check out their entires for yourself
STLP22 Digital Product ChampsVIEW CHAMPSGet inspriation from the Digital Product Champions from the 2022 STLP State Championship. View these champs as samples of CDA categories.
STLP21 Digital Product ChampsVIEW CHAMPSGet inspriation from the Digital Product Champions from the 2021 STLP State Championship. View these champs as samples of CDA categories.
STLP20 Digital Product ChampsVIEW CHAMPSGet inspriation from the Digital Product Champions from the 2020 STLP State Championship. View these champs as samples of CDA categories.
STLP19 Digital Product ChampsVIEW CHAMPSGet inspriation from the Digital Product Champions from the 2019 STLP State Championship. View these champs as samples of CDA categories.
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - MARCH 27STLP STATESTART HERE: STLP24 State Championship Info Page#STLP24STLP.LIVEMarch 27, 2024Get information on this year's State Championship in Lexington on March 27, 2024. Review the 3 main events: Projects, Digital Products and Challenges on the #STLP24 Info Page.
STLP24 Registration to Compete/Judge/AttendDEADLINE 2/28
STLP23 State ChampsREVIEW STLP23Sign up before Feb. 28 to compete (Level 2 Projects, Challenges, Digital Products), to "Attend Only" (explore without competing), or Volunteer/Judge events.
STLP22 State Champs REVIEW STLP22Review the 2022 STLP State Champions. Link to the recordings of the STLP Award Shows.
STLP21 State ChampsREVIEW STLP21Review the 2021 STLP Champions. See their project presentation, view the digital product winners, and see the list of Live Challenge winners, too.
LIVE CHALLENGESCertipalooza (Certification Challenge)Individual9th - 12thComing SoonTBAEarn as many industry certifications as you can within the competition window as part of the 2023 Certipalooza (Sponsored by Certiport)
Awesome Inc Coding ChallengeTeam6th - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 teams per schoolSTLP Challengers will make a Tic Tac Toe App. In addition to a standard Tic Tac Toe App, which would have features such as a Standard 3x3 Board, Turn Indicator, Win/Cat Indicator, Valid Move Logic, and Conditions for a Tie/Win, Challengers must add an extra *Wildcard* Feature to their game.
*NEW* Drone Challenge -- now MS and HS!Team6th - 12thVIEW INFO1 team per schoolNew for 2024: Middle School! STLP Drone Challenge! Two teams compete head to head. Fly your drone (BYOD) through the provided course. Event based on Help us develop this new challenge!
*NEW* AdvanceKY Girls Who Code Challenge Team6th - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 teams per schoolThe theme for this year is AI4FinancialGood. This STLP Challenge will be a continuation of the AI4FinancialGood competition with opportunities to present to be crowned the STLP GWC Champ!
*NEW* AI On-Demand Challenge IndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC2 Students per schoolThe all new AI On-Demand Challenge aims to explore the synergy between human creativity and artificial intelligence in the realm of visual arts. Participants will be tasked with creating stunning and innovative artworks with the assistance of AI tools.
Website Design ChallengeIndividualK - 12thVIEW RUBRIC1 student per schoolOne student builds a website on demand focusing on design and creativity. This is a timed challenge. Category is a BYOD event.
Game Design Challenge Team6th - 12thVIEW RUBRIC1 team per schoolGame design involves system-based thinking, critical problem solving, art, storytelling, interactive design, game logic and rules, and computer skills. Present your game to judges.