ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Students in middle and high school are invited to show, through the arts, how much they love science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Entries are now being accepted for the national STEM Voice™ Video Competition, which encourages students to make creative videos to show why STEM is important to them, or who their STEM hero is and why.
The competition is managed by the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes, CSBI, a group of non-profits focused on life sciences education, entrepreneurship and workforce development. MdBio Foundation, Inc., (MdBio) will serve as Eastern region coordinator, with iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center and Biocom Institute serving in the same role for Central and West Coast regions, respectively.
“From our work in the state of Maryland, it’s clear that kids are inspired by the STEM subjects they’re studying in school,” said Brian Gaines, CEO of MdBio. “The STEM Voice Video Competition is a great way for students around the country show what STEM means to them. We are proud to serve as regional coordinator and encourage students from throughout our region to get creative and enter this year’s contest.”
To participate, students must be in grades 5-12, under 18 years of age and a legal U.S. resident. Video submissions can include interviews, short stories, animations, or performances of drama or singing, and must correctly identify and explain the acronym for STEM or explore the interdisciplinary nature of STEM. All videos should be no more than 60 seconds and in a format that can be easily uploaded on the submission form. The deadline to submit videos and applications is Friday, April 17, at 11:59 PT.
One semifinalist from middle school (grades 5-8) and one semifinalist from high school (grades 9-12) will be selected from each of the three regions. Each semifinalist (six total) will receive a $500 cash award. Two grand prize winners (one from middle school and one from high school) will receive $1,000 cash awards. Regional semi-finalists will be announced May 12 and national winners will be named on May 27.
ABOUT MDBIO FOUNDATION INC.
MdBio Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides innovative, effective, and experiential STEM education opportunities with a focus on bioscience. The Foundation’s interdisciplinary approach uses science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to explore real-world, problem-centric curriculum that bridges school, community, health, and business. MdBio Foundation’s flagship education program MdBioLab, a mobile laboratory for high schools, has provided quality educational experiences to more than 120,000 students throughout the state of Maryland since its launch in 2003. The Foundation also operates other celebrated STEM education programs such as the Young Science Explorers Program for middle school students, and the college + career readiness symposium ATLAS. For more information, visit www.mdbiofoundation.org.
Founded in 2012, the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI) is a national collation of 42 state bioscience organizations and the Biotechnology Institute that are working to ensure America’s leadership in bioscience innovation by delivering industry-led sciences education, workforce development, and entrepreneurship programs through a nationally coordinated effort. Learn more at www.csbinstitutes.org.