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NSF STEM DIVE Challenge - Judging

 

STEM Dive

 

STEM Dive Home Entry Requirements Participants' Guide Rules and Eligibility FAQs Submission Info

 

Judging Criteria

Approach, Impact and Sustainability (40pts)
A successful entry must display an executed concept that has encouraged and supported diversifying and developing a competent U.S. STEM workforce of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians and educators through partnerships. A successful entry should clearly define the approach taken to the work. Impact can be measured in the number of people reached, policies developed, programs created, and partnerships forged. In the case of social media, the following numbers should be indicated: views, readers, citations, subscribers, retweets or shares, and public responses. An entry should demonstrate how the effort(s) could or have been sustained within your organization and disseminated to the wider STEM community.

Appeal (15pts)
A successful entry provides viewers with a visually striking, unique, clean, and creative technical approach to video production. The video must have a high level of audibility and visual quality. The entry must be polished and professional and must be executed with factual accuracy.

Communication (25pts)
A successful entry communicates in a clear and understandable manner. It uses plain language, both written and spoken. The written entry description and caption must be presented at a level and using language that can be understood by the general public, which includes a broad audience of varying ages and backgrounds. Use of technical terminology and assumption of prior knowledge of STEM concepts in the video should be limited.

Originality (20pts)
A successful entry creates a novel presentation or tells a compelling story and portrays new insight and approaches to broadening diversity in STEM.

 

Judging Rounds

Preliminary

  • Entries are screened to ensure eligibility criteria and competition rules have been met, by a panel of judges including STEM researchers, educators, and other professionals at NSF.

Semifinal

  • All qualifying entries from the preliminary round are evaluated and the top 3 entries will be identified in each of the four categories (Informal STEM Education, PreK-12 STEM Education, STEM Higher Education, and STEM Alliances) and will move on to the final round, totaling 12 entries.
  • Entries are anonymously scored by a panel of judges including STEM researchers, educators, and other professionals at NSF, with a judging rubric, based on a Likert scale, that generates a numerical score ranging from 3 to 40pts based upon the weighted category.

Final

  • The top 3 entries from each of the 4 entry categories are evaluated, totaling 12 entries.
  • Entries that reach the final round are also eligible to win the People's Choice award via an online public vote.
  • Entries are scored by a panel of 5 distinguished judges representing a variety of fields, including scientists, engineers, mathematicians, STEM education researchers, informal science educators, and preK-12 educators, who are chosen by NSF.
  • Each entry is scored by all the final round judges and those scores are averaged to determine winner(s) in the Informal STEM Education, PreK-12 STEM Education, STEM Higher Education, and STEM Alliances entry categories, with a judging rubric, based on a Likert scale, that generates a numerical score ranging from 3 to 40pts.
  • Judges, at their discretion, may choose not to award in any given category.
  • All judges’ decisions are final.

Winners will be notified individually before the public announcement of the official contest results. Contest results will be publicly announced by the NSF INCLUDES National Network on https://www.includesnetwork.org in September, and NSF will also publish the names and entries of the winners on its website. Additionally, contest winners may be brought to Washington, DC for a special event.