(LEXINGTON, KY) – Nearly 21,000 students, educators, volunteers, community members and parents gathered at the Central Bank Center in Lexington on March 27 to watch students from across the state showcase their knowledge at the 2024 STLP State Championship.

Each year, students representing schools from all corners of Kentucky demonstrate what they can do with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Students take part in Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) competition areas – including robotics, coding, web design and newscasting – uniting bright minds from diverse backgrounds and communities.

All photos were taken by Joe Ragusa, information officer supervisor at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE).

A couple of students, with adults watching over them, play a soccer game with robots

Students from Jessamine County play a robot soccer game in the Robot World exhibit at the 2024 STLP State Championship.

A child plays with robots on an Operation-like game

A young student plays a version of Operation in the Robot World exhibit.

A volunteer helps a girl with a tablet

A volunteer in the STLP Robot World exhibit helps a student operate one of the robotic games.

Robin Kinney speaks with a group of students

Interim Commissioner of Education Robin Fields Kinney speaks with student volunteers.

David Couch speaks with students

KDE Associate Commissioner David Couch speaks with students from John M. Stumbo Elementary School (Floyd County) about their project on vaping during the 2024 STLP State Championship.

A child holds VR joysticks while wearing a VR headset

A student with Spencer County plays with the virtual reality exhibit presented by KET Education.

A girl holds a tablet that is controlling a robotic car that has a red hat with a M on it

A young student plays a robotic version of Mario Kart at the Robot World exhibit.

Students play with robots that are pushing colored blocks into boxes on the floor in a tic-tac-toe-like game

Students compete against each other in the Robot Cross Out competition.

Four students and a woman hover around a laptop

Students from Ignite Institute (Boone County) show off a game they programmed as part of the 2024 STLP State Championship.

A woman extends her fist while wearing a virtual reality headset

A STLP judge tries out a virtual reality game called Phoenix Motion by students at the Floyd County School of Innovation.

Three people look at a tablet

Referees of the Robo Challenge Xtreme competition explain the rules to a student from Bell County.

Marty Park high fives a student

KDE Chief Digital Officer Marty Park high fives students as they receive an award during the awards presentation ceremony.