STEM ALL STARS
STEM All Stars is a competition that exposes students to various fields in STEM. The theme is to engage girls to become future engineers, scientists, doctors, and mathematicians in order to help our world become a better place. Students are challenged to either conceptualize an invention or build a community that solves a global issue.They are then required to research, write an essay, build a tri board, and film a video about their work. The video is ONLY required for girls in grades 6-8. The project work of each participant is then graded by a panel of judges who are highly qualified in STEM. There will be three grand prizes for grades 3-5 and 6-8 each. Please Register on our website when the portal opens. We look forward to seeing your submissions. Scientific knowledge is needed, but remember that creativity is a part of science too! After the submission portal closes and the judges evaluate the projects, the winners will be notified by email. All participants will then be invited to the STEM All Stars Festival, which will have keynote speakers, workshops, and an award ceremony for the winners.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Must be attending a public school, private school, or homeschool.
Must be in grades 3-8 as of January 2017.
Individuals or teams of up to 3
HOW DO YOU APPLY?
Meet all of our eligibility requirements.
Register for our competition. Please click the Register tab for further details.
Registration Open Nov
Registration Closes Dec 15
Submission portal opens TBD
Submission portal closes TBD
STEM All Stars Festival TBD
Step 1. CONCEPTUALIZE AN INVENTION OR COMMUNITY
By “conceptualize”, we mean laying out a particular global issue. You are only required to conceptualize your idea. You are not required to build a model; however, STEM All Stars encourages students to actually build your invention after prototyping it. (There are no special credits for building it). For example, if you have an idea to detect Parkinson’s disease with paper, then you have to provide us with an idea on how you will be able to do this. What materials would be the best? What do you think is the best way to do this? Students need to justify their approach and project through an essay and triboard. For example, thinking of ways for people with schizophrenia to live more independent lives, creating a better solution so patients with paralysis have more freedom of movement, finding a way to make water desalination cheaper or inventing an app to prevent hackers from keylogging your computer. If you want to conceptualize a community, such as a community which does not have any greenhouse gases, explain what inventions/tools you would use to reach this goal. Make sure to pick a global issue that you can work on and start researching first, so you can see which areas you are interested in. Be as creative and original as possible. Projects will vary according to grade level.
Step 2. ESSAY
Your introduction needs to draw the readers attention and conclusion should wrap up your final thoughts. After selecting your topic and creating your model, write an essay and answer the following questions to recieve full credit:
How is your model (community or invention) beneficial to the world of STEM?
How does your concept work? Include statistical data, the parts used, and how you could assemble everything together in order to reach your innovation. Justify your reasoning with scientific facts. This is the most important part of the essay.
How does this model positively and negatively affect women in particular?
Address how accurate your model is and if it is capable of helping people in the future.
What improvements would you suggest to make it better and what parts do you already agree with in such model? Are these ideas feasible? Is it affordable? Describe in detail how you can incorporate different disciplines to improve this innovation/community. Be authentic.
How did STEM All Stars help you earn more knowledge?
FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR ESSAY:
Font size should be 12
Essay should be 900-1200 words.
Include a bibliography at the end of the page with "References" as the title. MLA, APA, or Turabian citations are accepted.
Number your pages on the top right corner
Include your first name and last name on the top of the first page
Your essay should have a creative title, which explains yours model (ex: Recycled Cellphones Track Illegal Deforestation )
Indicate the word count on the bottom right of your essay.
We suggest you to be creative and go beyond the questions listed above to show your wide range of innovative knowledge! Plagiarism will lead to disqualification from the competition.
Step 3: TRIBOARD
STEM All Stars Triboard Template
In Research, include all of your scientific facts, details, and other interesting information you have learned when researching the global issue you have chosen. Ex: 90% of the fish in the sea are red.
In Aim, have a statement of what your project is aiming to do. What is the purpose of it? Ex: Tracking illegal deforestation with Recycled Cellphones will benefit the environment and save our trees.
In Method/Concepts, include the concepts or methods you would use to build your certain community or make your invention. Ex: I would use cotton balls to absorb sound waves so others would not hear phones beeping.
In Title, there should be the name of your project,which should be the same title as the essay with STEM All Stars include. Ex: Tracking Illegal Deforestation with Recycled Cell Phones: STEM All Stars
In Pictures, include any pictures relating to your concept.
In Graphs/Diagrams, include any flowcharts, tables, or other graphics to make your project understandable.
In Results/Testing, you could include the possible results and the testing you could do or have to do in order to build your community/invention. Flowcharts or lists are acceptable in this section.
In Conclusion, include how your concept could help women in particular and how it could also help the common people.
Bibliography/Acknowledgement should be in MLA, APA, or Turabian Format. There should be citations for pictures and websites you have used.
Add some color onto your triboard to make it interesting for the judges to see. Also, make sure you select a legible font and font size. The font size should be 14 or more,depending on the amount of content you have.
Step 4. VIDEO (Grades 6-8 ONLY)
Take a video of your working model and explain your invention. Your video could be anything you want but remember to include some animations and pictures. Have a title screen in the beginning of your video with your title and at some point in the video, address how STEM All Stars has helped you learn more! Also, address what we can do to close the gender gap with your invention or in general. Feel free and include any props such as posters, and other things that will help you explain the mechanism behind your model. Have fun!
Step 5. SUBMISSION
In order for your work to be graded, please submit your essay and video online. Provide us the youtube link on the bottom of your essay, under your references page. Do NOT email your work to us. Your essay should have a title with the name(s) of the member who worked on this project, grade, and school. Upload it in Word, pages, or docx format. The submission portal will open around January 2017.