Student Programs

This themed competition focuses on exposing students to jobs, skills, and concepts centered around Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This year’s competition, “Improving Pennsylvania through STEM”, will feature teams of students from across the commonwealth challenged to research, present, and design a device or project that is capable of making the quality of life better for citizens of Pennsylvania.

This competition challenges teams of students in grades 4 through 8 to create an environmentally friendly people mover using K’NEX kits. Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their inventions and present their models. Please e-mail studentprograms@iu5.org for more information.

The TRiO program as administered by the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 has two separate divisions: Talent Search and Upward Bound Math and Science. TRiO is a federal outreach and student service program designed to help low income and first generation students see the benefits and possibilities of a post-secondary education. The program through mentoring, career exploration, college visits, and guidance and direction in the application and financial aid process, helps students enroll and be successful in obtaining a post-secondary education.

Students in grades 4 through 8 compete in the Regional 24 Challenge® Math Tournament, using the popular 24 game. Top 3 winners from each division will be eligible for the State Championship held in Harrisburg in June. We encourage schools to have competitions at the school level as only 4 students per division per school can attend the Regional Tournament. For more information email: studentprograms@iu5.org

Dual enrollment offers a unique experience for all Northwest Tri-County Intermediate area students who are ready to do college level work. Pennsylvania legislators passed legislation that allows high school juniors and seniors to be enrolled in their home high school and college at the same time while receiving credit for both. While high school freshmen and sophomores can enroll in RCI, they require special permission through the university admissions office.

The purpose of the Summer Food Program is to: Provide healthy, safe, and nutritious meals to students during the summer months in a cost effective manner. Provide training, on-site monitoring and record keeping to assure compliance with USDA, PDE and Health Department rules and regulations. Partnering with community agencies, school districts, and government agencies to provide quality services.

TEAMS is an annual competition that gives students an opportunity to discover engineering and how knowledge in engineering can help make a difference in the world.  Students in grades 9 through 12 work collaboratively to solve real-world engineering challenges and applying their math, and science skills in practical, creative ways. For more information e-mail studentprograms@iu5.org or visit the TEAMS website at http://teams.tsaweb.org/.