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Web Page Design Event

Design Constraints  

Event Coordinator:
Bob Hollwedel

Team Composition:

  • The web site design may be created by an unlimited number of students of which two students will represent the design at G.C.C. as a "Team"
  • The Team must be comprised of High School level students.
  • A Team must be comprised of one or two student members and one Primary Coach (each, considered a “Team”).
  • A Team may also, at its option, include one Assistant Coach
  • Teams may include students and coaches from a single classroom or from many different classrooms.
  • The Primary or Assistant Coach must be employed by and working in a teaching or resource capacity (e.g., teacher, librarian, technology coordinator, etc.) at an Eligible School. An "Eligible School" is a school that is within the GLOW Region.
  • The competition can include up to two different and distinct web site designs, each represented by two distinct respective “Teams”.
  • Each created design may incorporate the use of scripting based software (e.g., Linkno, Xara, etc.)

Objectionable Material:


Websites may not contain any Objectionable material. "Objectionable" means any information in any medium or format that: (i) is inappropriate, offensive, libelous or defamatory, pornographic, sexually explicit, or unlawful or that encourages any of the foregoing; (ii) a reasonable person would consider harassing, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, profane, obscene, excessively violent, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable; (iii) infringes or violates any person's (living or deceased) privacy, publicity or other property rights; (iv) promotes software or services that deliver unsolicited email, including bulk e-mail, surveys, contests, "junk mail," "spam," or chain letters; (v) disrupts or interferes with the Competition or any services, system resources, accounts, servers or networks connected to or accessible through the Competition, including use of viruses, worms, corrupt files, or Trojan horses; or (vi) is subject to any restriction upon transmission under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as information pertaining to minors where no parental consent has been obtained).


Commercial Content:


Websites may not contain any commercial content that promotes the sale of a product or service either directly via the Website or via hyperlinks to external sites.

Judging Rubric

(See attached).

Use of Copyrighted Materials:

By submitting an Entry, Team members represent that they have the unrestricted right to submit the content and it does not infringe upon any third party's proprietary or other rights. Any content, including, but not limited to, text, images and videos, that is not the original creation of the Team or of a "Royalty Free" source must be completely and accurately cited, and if permission is necessary to use such content, the Team shall disclose how such permission was obtained. Teams may either cite sources directly on each page or use a summary "Citations" page to adequately disclose the sources and/or permissions to include content.

While Team members are encouraged to seek guidance from coaches, parents, friends, published sources and other collaborators via the internet, Team members must do their own work and must not permit any person (other than student members of the Team) to perform such work and must not copy the materials (words, images, data, audio and video files, and other media) of others.



The GLOW Region Tech Wars committee takes plagiarism very seriously. Any plagiarism or copyright violation will result in an Entry's disqualification. For purposes of these Rules, "plagiarism" means:

  • any copying of another person's work that results in the Entry not being substantially the original work of the Team, regardless of whether the copied work is cited;
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit or attributing those words or ideas as one's own;
  • failing to put a direct quote in quotation marks;
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation, passage, image or other content;
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit;
  • use of website templates without giving credit to the original creator/owner of the template;

Personally Identifiable Information:


For the protection of student Team members and to prevent readers from adding their own personally identifiable information, the Website and Site Profile content may NOT contain any of the following:

  • student last names;
  • student email addresses or personal contact information (generic Team or coach email addresses are acceptable); and
  • guest book's, discussion boards, forums, chat areas, blogs (including links to these types of forums hosted on external websites).



 The Website, Site Profile, file and directory names (required in basic ASCII format), as well as other communications submitted to GLOW Region Tech Wars, must be in English. Translation of the Website into additional languages is accepted; however, Judges will evaluate the Website based upon the English language version.


General Points of Reference


·  Website expertly explores the chosen topic as evidenced by:

a. depth of information provided,

b. inclusion of supporting details, and

c. variety of information sources used

All content is accurate, credible, current, and supported by citations.


Writing & Organization

·  Website is written in English using correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.

·  Writing is concise and easy to understand.

Content is effectively organized so as to hold the reader’s attention and easily transition between sections.


·  Website is creative and original in its approach to presenting the topic of Tech Wars.

·  A variety of information sources are used, including primary sources such as interviews, surveys, personal observations, and original artwork or multimedia recordings and photographs / artwork.

Content is the original work of the students and not paraphrased or copied from outside sources in any way.
(Plagiarism results in disqualification.)

Educational Relevance

·  Content is written and organized for a student audience.

·  Team effectively describes its’ intended audience and relevance to teaching and learning.

Website is educational and informative.


·  All sources used to research and create the website are clearly identified and credited, ideally as footnotes on the relevant page and on a summary citations page.

·  If the website includes text, images, or other legally protected materials (e.g. copyrighted information, images, audio, video), permission to use these materials is clearly stated or noted as public domain.

Citations are thorough enough to verify content.


Site Profile and website include a candid narrative on how the team worked together to create the website, divide tasks, share responsibilities, and overcome challenges.

Students share reflections on difficulties encountered, group problem solving, and teamwork as experienced during the competition.

Website Structure, Appearance and Function

·  The site’s design and layout make it easy to use. Every page is visually well organized.

·  Colors, fonts, and overall layout are creative, artistic, consistent across the website and do not interfere with the ability to easily read content.

There are no technical problems (e.g. broken links or images, missing files, etc.).

Media Use

Creative use of media (e.g. images, audio, video, animation, games, interactive features, etc.) enhances the presentation of information by engaging the user more deeply and illustrating key concepts.  However, the use of animations, videos and other interactive features do not cause restrictive browsing.