This School’s Got STEM

Engineers, scientists and explorers – get YOUR team together and begin planning how to make us say “WOW!”

Want to show off your coolest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) project?  Wow us with a 3-5 minute video that shows us a great way for students to explore STEM content in one of these categories:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources – caring for living things; keeping our earth well
  • Communications – exchanging ideas and information
  • Health Science – keeping us healthy
  • Information Technology – programming; making data matter
  • Manufacturing and Construction – creating things
  • Transportation – moving people and their belongings

Video submission begins February 20, 2017 and lasts thru March 12, 2017. Finalist videos will be chosen by S2TEM Centers SC and representatives of South Carolina’s STEM businesses and industries. Public voting begins March 20, 2017 and will end April 2, 2017. Our three prize winners will be announced via Facebook (and email) on April 3, 2017. Ideally, your video will showcase your STEM project and the way in which it encourages:

  • Student engagement, innovation and accomplishment;
  • Community involvement and/or business partnerships; and,
  • Fun! Show us the WOW of STEM in one of six categories (above).

Videos must be in YouTube or Vimeo format that can upload to the South Carolina Future Minds FACEBOOK contest page. Once submitted, SC Future Minds and S²TEM Centers SC have the right to use the video to market our respective organizations. 

Vote For Your Favorite STEM Video!

First Prize — $500 for the winning school AND $500 for the winning teacher, an opportunity to showcase your project at one of South Carolina’s STEM Festivals, (iMAGINE Upstate or Charleston STEM Festival), Mueller’s Spaghetti Lunch and Tour and a 2017 This School’s Got STEM banner to proudly place in your school! The winning team and teacher will be recognized at the SC Teacher of the Year Celebration on May 3rd.

Second Prize — $250 for the winning school AND $250 for the winning teacher

Third Prize — $100 for the winning school AND $100 for the winning teacher

Eligibility

“This School’s Got STEM” is a video contest to showcase outstanding STEM projects throughout SC. The contest is open to all South Carolina public school districts PreK through 12th grades and SC afterschool programs. More than one entry is permitted per school/program.  Once the video is uploaded to SC Future Minds FB page, the video is submitted to the contest and may not be removed.

Judging Criteria

  • Show us the WOW in STEM!
  • Present STEM content accurately.
  • Showcase an innovative approach to learning content in the selected STEM category.
  • Safety! Safety! Safety!

A team of judges (selected by S²TEM Centers SC) will narrow the field to This School’s Got STEM finalists.

Judges will not consider any video 1) including inappropriate language, music, symbols, gestures or dress, 2) depicting activities that would be deemed as creating physical, psychological or privacy risks for human participants, or 3) endangering living organisms in any way, or 4) exceed 5 minutes in length.

Once the finalists are announced, the public will vote for the contest winner during a two week window.  Based on the online voting, the top three (3) videos will be selected.  Voting will be open to everyone with internet access! Vote once every 24 hours.

Scranton Elementary School from Florence School District Three was the winner of the 2015 “This School’s Got STEM” competition. Scranton Elementary created a five-minute “STEM Builders” video, backed by students singing STEM-focused lyrics to the “Ghostbusters” theme song.