Exhibitor Selection Process

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor Selection Process

Judging Criteria

Exhibits will be selected by a Peer Review Committee based on the following criteria as part of a juried process. Items will be weighted based on the percentages below.

Eligibility Requirements

Exhibitors must have a geographic presence in South Carolina. Exhibitors are responsible for hosting their own exhibit area, providing supplies, planning activities, and providing volunteers to instruct and facilitate participation from the audience. All exhibits are required to demonstrate and/or facilitate learning related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

Disqualifiers

Exhibitors may not sell items or services at their booth without exception. Arts-related exhibits must also provide an explicit connection to one of the other four STEM areas. i.e. an exhibit demonstrating the importance of design in adaptive technologies would be appropriate. An exhibit showcasing visual artwork or performance art “for its own sake” would not be appropriate.


The exhibit activities should:

1. FOSTER INTERACTIVE LEARNING

Provide an interactive, hands-on learning experience related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Please select one or more of the following categories that apply to your exhibit:

2. PROMOTE INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY

Are engaging, fun and showcase innovation and creativity, featuring new and exciting education and career opportunities. Preference will be given to up-and- coming innovations and technologies.

3. ALIGN WITH AGE-APPROPRIATE STEM EDUCATION STANDARDS

Are designed for an appropriate age range to foster grade-level STEAM learning.

4. ALIGN WITH COLLEGE AND CAREER PATHWAYS

Are designed and implemented to showcase specific college and career pathways by linking activity to “real-world” jobs and educational fields.

5. OFFER EDUCATION AND CAREER GUIDANCE

Offers volunteers the opportunity to interact with students and offer educational and career guidance as well as instruction on the activity itself.

6. ORGANIZED AND SCALABLE FOR LARGE AUDIENCE

Are well-organized and plans are described in detail, including set-up requirements and the ability to provide activities for 1,000+ participants. # of Volunteers is sufficient. Activities should be easy to replicate and cost-effective.

Additional bonus 5 bonus points will be given to exhibitors in good standing that has participated in iMAGINE Upstate in prior years. There are a limited number of slots available for exhibits in each of the following STEAM categories. This is to ensure the diversity of programming available and to offer a wide range of exposure to related fields and careers.

 Rating 1-5% of ScoreTotal Score
Foster Interactive Learning30%
Promote Innovation & Creativity20%
Align with Age-Appropriate STEM Standards10%
Align with College & Career Pathways10%
Offer Education & Career Guidance10%
Organized & Scalable20%