2021 Science Exploration Challenge
Announcing our newest program: the Science Exploration Challenge!
Have you ever wondered about questions like "What are black holes?” or "Why do plants need sunlight?” or "Why do some animals hibernate?” or "How can we save honey bees?” If you have, then the Science Exploration Challenge is perfect for you!
Participants will research and film a 3-5 minutes video to explain any STEM topic they can think of using the wide expanses of their imagination and intellect. The choices are truly endless. We hope to give students an opportunity to explore their passions and gain critical research skills through this challenge. If you need any assistance, one of our volunteers would be thrilled to help you navigate your interests and guide you through the process. We will invite scientists who are experts in their fields to judge Science Exploration Challenge submissions, and the winners of our challenge will be revealed at our annual Opportunity X Science Fair on May 29, 2021.
The student will need to fill out the submission form with a link to the video (published on YouTube).
One First Prize Winner: $100 each project
Two Second Prize Winners: $75 each project
Three Third Prize Winners: $50 each project
Three Special Awards: $25 each project
Nine Honorable Mention Awards: $15 each project
1. Record a 3-5 minutes video on a STEM topic that interests you most. The video should include an introduction, with the student's name, school, and grade level, and a description of their research topic.
2. Participants must be grades 4-8.
3. The deadline for submission is May 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT.
4. Group or individual projects are both okay. Make sure to introduce all members of the team, though!
5. Visual aids are allowed.
6. Please wear an appropriate outfit! Remember that this is a formal presentation.
7. Winners of the Science Exploration Challenge will be announced at the Opportunity X Science Fair on May 29, 2021 and published on the website. All finalists will be recognized as well.
8. We encourage students from groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields to participate.
Dr. Anu Aiyer teaches mathematics and physics to high school students. For the past seven years, she has been teaching Mathematics and Physics at The Harker School in San Jose, CA. Anu has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University
Dr. Allersma is a physics teacher at the Harker Upper School. She has a Ph.D in physics from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Qin Lu has taught Mathematics at Lafayette College in Easton Pennsylvania for the last 21 years. Trained as an Algebraic Topologist, Professor Lu began her journey in Mathematical Finance in 2003 by taking CFA (Charted Financial Analyst) exams. In addition, she has been NSF REU(Research Experiences for Undergraduates) PI and mentor for multiple years and has guided a lot of undergraduate research through honors thesis and REU program.
Mr. Chris Spenner studied physics and biophysics to understand this world. Now he teaches human ecology, science research, and physics to change this world.
Dr. Wang is a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She received her Ph.D from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.. She has trained high school, undergraduate, and graduate students on biomedical research.
Mrs. Wrabetz is the Chief Operating Officer at Fyusion, Inc. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Yale and her M.S in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.
Dr. Lisa Yin is a well-known expert in the field of cryptography and information security. As a researcher, she loves scientific exploration and is passionate about inspiring young students to discover the beauty of math and science. Ms. Yin received her Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT.
Dr. Jian Wang, currently working as R&D scientist at the Corporate Technology Center, TE Connectivity Ltd, with expertise in electronics materials, electronics packaging, and printed electronics technologies. Dr. Wang received his PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University and conducted research at Argonne National Laboratory.
Mr. Yufan Zhu is a scientist from BD Biosciences.
This is the criteria our judges will be scoring projects with.
Creativity 5 points
-- Creativity of topic?
-- Creativity in the way the student presents ideas?
Scientific Thought 5 points
-- How detailed were the explanations?
-- How clearly are concepts stated?
Presentation 5 points
-- How clear and confident is the student on the idea they’ve explained?
-- How enthusiastic is the student about their topic?
-- Is the presentation enjoyable?
Total: 15 points
Check out these intriguing STEM project ideas that our volunteers complied for you.