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NSF STEM DIVE - Entry Requirements




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Entry Requirements

For a full copy of the Rules, Eligibility Criteria, Judging Criteria, and Entry Requirements, please see the Participants’ Guide

Written Entry Descriptions

Written portions of an entry should be clear, concise and written in plain language. Judges will read all parts of the written entry descriptions and will judge entries on the impact and the potential for adaptation, transference, and/or sustainability of the work presented, and effective communication, in addition to visual merit of the entry.

Entry Categories

When submitting your entry, you must select one of the four categories for your video submission:

Informal STEM Education

The video must show how forging partnerships encourages and supports diversity in STEM during out-of-school time and through informal experiences, as well as the broader impact of informal learning. Informal STEM learning may take place through K-12 afterschool or summer enrichment programs, maker spaces, exhibitions, television or radio programs, virtual reality experiences, online learning, etc. For example, a video might demonstrate how partnerships between universities and community organizations support broadening participation efforts through citizen science activities.

PreK-12 STEM Education

The video must show how forging partnerships encourages and supports diversity in STEM and demonstrates the STEM educational impact on K-12 students, teachers, and/or parents within formal education settings. For example, a video might explain how industry and K-12 collaborations resulted in increased STEM learning and more effective STEM teaching in high school mathematics courses that predominantly serve underrepresented students. What are examples of productive classroom centric activities, such as teacher preparation, demonstrations, classes, and/or STEM projects?

STEM Higher Education

The video must show how forging partnerships encourages and supports diversity in STEM at any level of higher education. This category encompasses undergraduates, graduates, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and staff/administrators within institutions of higher education. For example, a video might illustrate how the formation of multi-campus system partnerships resulted in faculty programs, policy creation/changes, internships and cooperative experiences, educational and career pathways, and/or professional development supporting a more diverse faculty.

STEM Alliances

The video must show how the project encourages and supports diversity in STEM through building a collaborative infrastructure network that provides a framework for communicating ideas and achieving common goals, supporting systemic efforts to broaden participation and implementation of research results, and sharing best practices with the greater STEM community. An example of this would be the NSF INCLUDES National Network. For example, a video could explain how participants in the NSF INCLUDES National Network developed a multi-stakeholder partnership or alliance of minority serving institutions to create a college-to- workforce pipeline that can be replicated at other institutions.

Content Criteria

Entries will be required to demonstrate that they have met at least three out of five criteria on content. There is one required and four optional criteria that the contestants can select from to total three. Video content and entry descriptions will be judged on effective communication, impact and longevity, originality, and the video itself will be evaluated for visual appeal.

Required (All entries must address this criterion):

  • Explaining the issue being addressed with the project and how the project promotes the development of a diverse and competent U.S. workforce of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians, and educators through multi-stakeholder partnerships, networks, or alliances.

Optional (All entries must select two out of the following four criteria):

  • Informing citizenry to promote understanding of the principles and uses of STEM in service to society
  • Advancing the frontiers of STEM knowledge and driving innovation
  • Supporting inter-, multi-, and/or cross-disciplinary STEM innovation and entrepreneurship (e.g., increasing minority presence in technology transfer and business development)
  • Using social media (e.g., YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Slideshare, blogs, podcasts, Twitter, etc.) to promote understanding of the need for diversity in STEM