• PA Media and Design Competition

    Schuylkill County Regional Competition 


    (Note: Competition has been postponed.  Please check back for updated information.)


    The PA Media and Design Competition is an annual event that highlights Pennsylvania students' application skills, creativity, and knowledge.

    When and Where

    Date:  Friday, March 13, 2020  - POSTPONED
    Make-up Date:  TBD

    Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29

    Maple Avenue Campus
    The Middle School and High School Media and Design Competition are two separate events operating under two separate sets of rules but held the same day at the same place under a common schedule.  Be sure to follow the regulations posted at the respective Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) web sites.  Be careful, some of the rules may be DIFFERENT! Entrants must follow the "Current Rules..." and "Specific Regional Rules...." listed below.

     Important Dates

    Competition Dates:

    High School State Competition
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    Dickinson College - Carlisle, PA

    Middle School State Competition
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    Dickinson College - Carlisle, PA

     Dickinson College Directions


    Participant Packet

    An all-in-one participation Packet containing ALMOST all of the required forms is posted on the PA Media and Design Competition web page.  That packet lacks a photo release form for the Regional Fair.  To obtain a packet with all the PA Computer Fair forms and the Regional Fair photo release form click the link below.

    Participating School Districts

    If any of the participating districts are on a delayed start or closed on the day of the competition, the event will be held on the snow date.
    • Mahanoy Area
    • North Schuylkill
    • Pottsville Area
    • Shenandoah Valley 

    Schedule of Events

     7:15 – 9:00  Registration and Project Setup
     9:00 – 9:15  Opening Ceremony
     9:15  Judging Begins
     9:15 – 11:30  Student Workshops
    11:40 – 12:15  Lunch is Provided
    12:15 - 12:45  Viewing of Projects
    12:45 - 1:15  Award Ceremony
    1:20  Project Teardown


    Current Rules, Regulations & Required Forms

    Rules are available at the Official PA Media and Design Competition website  http://mediadesigncompetition.org 
    To obtain Required Forms, please use the packet from the participant packet link above. Hopefully, this packet is less confusing.

    Specific Regional Rules

    • Students may work individually or in groups but each group must designate a captain as a spokesperson for the project. Groups will be limited to three students.
    • A student may submit multiple entries and may participate in both individual and group projects subject to the following restrictions:
      • An individual student may not submit more than one entry in each category.
      • An individual student may not compete both as an individual and as a member of a group within the same Category.
      • The same group of students may not submit multiple entries in the competition.
      • An individual student may not be a member of more than one group within one Category.
    • Internet connections will be available at the regional level or state level.
    • All hardware and software must be provided by the student or school district.
    • All entries must designate a faculty member or sponsor. All communication will go through that person. The faculty member or sponsor must accompany students to the regional and state competitions. All entries must register online and be submitted by the faculty member.
    • There will be no entrance fee charged to either the school district or student to participate.

    Judging Criteria

    • We will follow the Rules and Scoring Guides posted on the Categories and Riles pages on the http://mediadesigncompetition.org website.
    • Be sure to follow instructions on the Categories and Rules page - especially the "A project WILL NOT be judged if any of the following occur" section.

    Project Summary

    Each Competition entry must display a project summary. The summary will be the student's opportunity to provide judges with any background information they wish the judges to be aware of during the judging process. The summary must be displayed with each project for the judges to read as they evaluate the student's entry. This summary should not be more than one page and must include the following items:
    • The project's objectives, vision and/or overall purpose.
    • A list of the software applications used to create the project. List any additional equipment (scanners, digital cameras, etc.) used in the creation of your project.
    • List the approximate time spent creating the project and name all contributors to the project.
    • If the design elements/graphics/photos are included in the project, please describe where the elements originated. Please include citations of all design elements that are not original. And be certain to include written documentation from the creator/owner of the work indicating that they gave you permission to use their work.
    • A brief description of the process used to create the project.
    • Any additional information the students feel the judges should be aware of while evaluating the project.

    Copyright Sign-Off Form

    A copyright sign-off form must be prominently displayed with each entry in the Competition. The form must be signed by all students of the project team and the sponsor. All projects must follow the strict guidelines posted under "Copyright Requirements" within the "Categories and Rules" sections of the state web sites. Fair Use Guidelines do not apply to Competition Projects. All non-original work must include written permission from the creator/owner of the work. All original work should be documented as being original to eliminate any doubt. Simply signing a Copyright Sign-off Form does NOT satisfy any requirement for compliance with these regulations.


    • First, second and third place winners all receive ribbons.

    • All first-place winners will advance to the State Competition.


    It is recommended that participants arrive before 7:50 A.M. or after 8:15 A.M. to avoid normal congestion at the Maple Avenue Campus. We plan on having all participants back on the road again before transportation vehicles line up at 2:00 P.M.
    Each group is responsible for unloading and loading their own equipment. Equipment carts will be available on a first-come first-serve basis in the morning and afternoon. Projects will be displayed on assigned tables in the gymnasium with access to electrical power.


    Mark Barnett
    Coordinator of Technology Services
    Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29
    17 Maple Avenue
    Mar Lin, PA 17951
    570-544-9131 ext. 1218