Opportunity X 2022 STEMist Essay Contest
We are announcing the inaugural Opportunity X STEMist Essay Contest!
Students will select a scientist, engineer, mathematician, technologist or researcher who belongs to an underrepresented group in STEM. They will learn about the journey of the scientist by reading their stories, challenges, and contributions and will then write a 300-500 word essay on their story. The students should also include how the experiences of their chosen scientist are inspiring to them. Top submissions will receive up to $100 in gift card.
The essay must include sufficient background information about the scientist, including details about what underrepresented group the scientist belongs to, work done by the scientist, and challenges faced by the scientist.
The essay must be within the word limit of 300-500 words.
The essay can be completed in groups of up to 3.
Possible underrepresented groups in STEM are women, minorities, people of color, people with disabilities, and people from low-income communities.
Participants must be grades 4-8.
The deadline for submission is Dec 22, 2021.
You can either choose your own STEMlist or pick one from the 65 STEMlists we compiled.
1x 1st place: $100
3x 2nd place: $50
3x 3rd place: $30
First Place Winner
Mo Pham, 7th grader from Wheelers Hill Secondary College, Melbourne, Australia
Second Place Winners
Luna Hernández Gonzalez, 6th grader from Castillero Middle School, San Jose, USA
Benjamin Speck, 8th grader from River Glen Middle School, San Jose, USA
Tahsin Arda Günay, 8th grader from Buca Municipality Kızılçullu Science and Art Center, Buca, Turkey
Third Place Winners
Nihira Rachapudi, 4th grader from Delaine Eastin Elementary, Union City, USA
Asya Eroğlu and Poyraz Eroğlu, 4th grader from Buca Municipality Kızılçullu Science and Art Center, Buca, Turkey
Connor Benin, 8th grader from Itliong Vera Cruz Middle School, Union City, USA
Dr. Bune Bloomquist
Dr. Miriam Allersma
Dr. Pauline Paskali
Dr. Lizzie Hager-Bernard
Research on Scientist (10 points)
Was sufficient background information included?
Are trusted sources used?
How detailed was the information?
Inspiration/Impact (10 points)
Did the student include how they felt inspired?
Did the student include details on how being underrepresented impacted the scientist?
Was the student creative in their response?
Writing (10 points)
Was the essay well written?
Was correct grammar, spelling, and syntax used?
Did the essay flow?
Was the essay easy to understand?
Total: 30 points
Contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org!