Innovation Portal

2019 Kansas City Area - Biomedical Research Competition

Multiple States

MADE POSSIBLE BY THE PARTNERSHIP OF THE FOLLOWINGORGANIZATIONS

A regional competition for Kansas City area students enrolled in the PLTW "Biomedical Innovations" capstone course.

Description

What is the Kansas City Biomedical Research Competition?
The 2019 Kansas City Biomedical Research Competition is sponsored by the KC STEM Alliance for Kansas City area students currently enrolled in Project Lead The Way’s “Biomedical Innovations” Course or (BI). The competition is designed to recognize and reward outstanding student projects and highlight the importance of problem solving in STEM education.

This competition gives students the opportunity to build a robust portfolio around their capstone design project and earn recognition for that work.  Once a portfolio is built and submitted on the Innovation Portal, the portfolios will be reviewed by a jury of practicing professionals (judges) and top teams will be recognized at the PLTW High School Senior Showcase on April 23, 2019.

General Restrictions

Who can participate?

The competition is open to individuals or teams participating in the PLTW Biomedical Innovations (BI) course in the 2018-19 school year. This includes schools within the nine-county Kansas City Region, including:


  1. Missouri: Jackson, Clay, Platte, Ray, Cass
  2. Kansas:  Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Miami

  3. There is no registration or competition entry fee.  This is a free educational competition.

Why participate?
Participating in the competition will enable students to achieve a level of recognition that will aid them in gaining scholarships and/or advanced standing as they pursue post-secondary educational opportunities.  The top three teams will be awarded scholarships and the top ten projects will be recognized.  Students participating in the PLTW Showcase event, are also eligible to compete for Innovator Awards that will be chosen by professionals from KCSourceLink and the Kansas City Startup Foundation based on project innovativeness and marketability. 

The top three winners from the Design Competition and top five Innovator Award winners will be invited to participate in the Make It REAL Workshop on May 31, 2019, and work with local entrepreneurs to evaluate the market feasibility of their project idea.
 
All participating teams and/or individuals will receive a letter of recognition for submitting their BI capstone project to this review competition.  All projects will remain the intellectual property of the individual/teams; however, the administrator requires permission to develop and distribute the story behind the top three submissions.

Winning entries will be recognized as follows:

First place:
$2,500 in scholarships per team
Funding to attend the Make It REAL Workshop
Letter and Certificate of Commendation
Plaque for School

Second place:
•    $1,500 in scholarships per team
•    Funding to attend the Make It REAL Workshop
•    Letter and Certificate of Commendation
•    Plaque for School

Third place:
•    $1,000 in scholarships per team
•    Funding to attend the Make It REAL Workshop
•    Letter and Certificate of Commendation
•    Plaque for School

Top Ten Circle:
•    Top Ten Recognition at Showcase
•    Certificate of Commendation

Innovator Awards:
•    Recognition at PLTW Senior Showcase
•    Funding to attend the Make It REAL Workshop

All Remaining Teams:
•    Recognition for entering the competition

Timeline
September 4, 2019: Project Registration Opens on the Innovation Portal

All interested teams must register their interest in the competition as early as possible.  Registration does not require the student or team to enter but does offer the competition administrator a way to monitor how many judges will be needed and opens a channel of communication regarding the competition with interested students or teams.

March 21-April 4, 2019: Portfolio submission window on the Innovation Portal

April 23, 2019: Winners announced at PLTW Senior Showcase as Union Station, Kansas City

How to participate in the KC Biomedical Research Competition

Sign Up for Account:
 All team members should sign up for Innovation Portal accounts at https://innovationportal.org. Please use an email account that you check regularly. Email addresses that can be accessed after graduation are preferred, i.e., Gmail, yahoo, etc.
Submit Portfolio:  The submission button will appear on this page and activate March 21-April 4, 2019. Once your portfolio is ready, click on the submission button to enter your portfolio into the competition. (Note: Prior to submission, please change the status of all team members to “owner” so that any member is able to submit on behalf of the team.)


Communication about the status of your entry, the competition, and competition results will be reported back to you via the email address associated with your Innovation Portal account. 

Use of the Innovation Portal is completely free.

Judging and Questions
Judging will be based on the embedded Biomedical Experimental Design Rubric. Make sure to reference the rubric as you build your project entries.  If you have questions regarding this competition, email:  Ann Zimmerman, [email protected].

Opportunity Terms & Conditions

Projects meeting additional criteria may be recommended for consideration in the BioGENEius Innovation Challenge. Students will be contacted by the contest administrator prior to recommendation to alternate competitions.

Please Note: All projects submitted to this competition will remain the intellectual property of the individual or team; however by entering the competition the individual/team understands and gives the organizers of this competition permission to develop and distribute the story about the projects, the students and their schools in order to promote the impact of competition and highlight the value of the project work. Effort will be taken to describe the project in general and without offering any details related to intellectual property concerns.

PLTW Terms & Conditions

I understand that by submitting this work to an opportunity or competition hosted on the Innovation Portal that the submitted copy of work will be in the control of the hosting organization and is subject to the terms and conditions that organization has posted for entry requirements and conditions.