Do I have to create a special project to enter the Inspiring Curiosity contest?
Absolutely not! We want to see the creativity and passion you put into inspiring curiosity in your students every day. How do you get your students excited about STEM subject matter? What are you doing to engage the students with STEM themes? What are the big ideas, experiments, and projects you have in need of funding?
We just ask that you create a video no more than two (2) minutes long detailing a STEM-related project or curricula in need of funding that would help you “Inspire Curiosity” in the classroom. Show how your classroom incorporates STEM and include a description or demonstration of specific STEM-related activities or programs.
Need some examples to get the creative juices flowing? Visit YouTube.com and search Inspiring Curiosity to see videos from last year’s entries, as well as some from our sister station KHOU in Houston.
Can my school submit multiple entries?
Yes. The videos are submitted by the teachers at the classroom level. Multiple teachers within a school may submit. Teachers may also submit multiple entries if they are teaching across grade level categories, or multiple subjects (for example, a teacher has biology classes as well as anatomy and physiology, or coding and graphic design).
Does my school have to have a specific STEM program or department?
No. Any educator in a grade K-12 school who engages students in science, technology, engineering, or math subjects is eligible to participate.
Do I have to be a teacher in a traditional classroom setting?
No. In fact, among the 2017 finalists, three of the four were not traditional classrooms- one was a librarian, one was the faculty sponsor of an after-school service organization, and the winner, Missy Tabor, is a travelling Gifted and Talented Program instructor for multiple schools.
The only requirement is that you be an educator in a grade K-12 school engaging students in science, technology, engineering, or math subjects. So, science lab instructors, after school coding club sponsors, librarians…show us what you’ve got! If you have questions, please contact Allison Ibrahim at email@example.com
Can the students help with the video?
Absolutely! We encourage students to get involved in front of the camera and behind the scenes, be that filming, editing, etc.