Instructional Technology Services

Computer Fair Regional Competition Information

When and Where:
 Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Location: Capital Area Intermediate Unit
Time: 7:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Schedule of Events:

  • 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Registration/Computer Setup/Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. - Judging Begins
  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Welcome Students and Advisors
  • 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Student Workshops
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Peer Project Review
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Awards Ceremony


  • Animation
  • Computer Fair Logo
  • Digital Movie
  • Graphic Design (*NEW- Recycle theme)
  • Programming
  • Web Page Design

Specific Regional Rules:

  • All participants must register online at (High School) or (Middle School) by March 16, 2018.
  • Entries will be limited to four projects per category per school.
  • Students may work individually or in groups. Groups will be limited to three students.
  • Students may participate individually or as a group. A student may submit an individual project and take part in a group project, however the projects cannot be in the same category.
  • It is highly recommended that each school bring a laptop with the student projects already loaded. This will prevent configuration and compatibility problems. If you are not able to bring a laptop, you will need to have your project at the IU one week prior to the competition date. You may also have to supply the IU with a copy of the software you used to create the project if we do not have that software already available.
  • 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.
  • Registrations for the state competition will be submitted by the CAIU.
  • There will be no entrance fee charged to either the school district or student to participate.

Copyright Requirements:
The Pennsylvania Computer Fair, although educational, removes the student work from the classroom and therefore requires the student to get permission from the owner to use any copyrighted music, video, graphics, etc. Fair use does NOT apply. Remember to credit music or items that were created by yourself or friends as well. 

Display boards or other items that are included with, but not part of, the project may not contain copyrighted material. Display boards are not judged for appearance, however, they will be inspected and can cause the project to be disqualified if copyrighted material is found. 

The Copyright Signoff form, Project Narrative/Summary, and Photo Release form have been combined into one file for your convenience (Computer Fair Participation Packet). This completed packet MUST accompany every project. Click here to download. 

Narrative Description/Project Summary:
Each student must submit a narrative description/project summary with each entry into the PA Computer Fair. The PA Computer Fair Participation Packet includes the document with instructions on what information to include. 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 will be placed 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 camera, etc.) used in the creation of your project.
  • List the approximate time spent creating the project and name all contributors to the project.
  • If design elements/graphics are included, please describe where the elements originated. Pease include citations of all design elements that are not original.
  • A brief description of the process used to create the project.
  • Any additional information the student feels the judges should be aware of while evaluating the project.


  • First, second and third place winners will receive individual medals.
  • All participants will receive a participation certificate.
  • All first place winners will advance to the State Competition.

Other Important Dates:
March 16, 2018 - All registrations due for the regional fairs
March 27, 2018 - Regional competition at the CAIU
May 22, 2018 - High School State Computer Fair - Dickinson College - Carlisle, PA
May 23, 2018 - Middle School State Computer Fair - Dickinson College - Carlisle, PA

Judging Criteria:
A minimum of two judges will view the project to determine a group of finalists.
All judging rubrics are posted on the corresponding websites: 

Click here for directions to the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.
For additional information, please contact:

Jill Neuhard
Supervisor of Instructional Technology

(717)732-8400, Ext. 8406