Chowdhury STEM Innovation Contest

This contest was made possible by a generous donation from the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation through the SAE Foundation.

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Select one of two themes below. Participants will have their mentor submit an abstract and final project according to the requirements for their grade level.

The abstract is due March 1, 2021. The final project is due May 1, 2021.

Theme 1: Innovate IT!

Create a fun, interactive resource that can help other students learn about a critical issue and possible IT solution. Whether the team imagines an app, a new use for Artificial Intelligence, or a game that informs and inspires, the final project must include an interactive learning resource, such as a website, presentation, lesson activity, or video.

  • Must offer a proposed IT-based solution to a real-world problem
  • Must include any information and instructions necessary for audience comprehension
  • Must engage the audience for approximately 20 minutes

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Grades 4-6

Abstracts must:

  • be at least 150 words
  • explain relevant context or causes for a problem
  • explain who is impacted and how
  • reference at least one credible source used in research

Final Projects must:

  • include a written summary of the problem, explanation of their innovative IT solution, and describe the goal and process for the unique learning resource they created; no word count requirement; may be submitted as a separate text document or integrated within the resource format
  • include an interactive learning resource that effectively explores or applies at least one IT concept related to their solution; must be informative and engaging for a student audience

Optional: Elementary students participating in the AWIM Programming Each Other Challenge have the option to explore the core concepts in their submissions. Examples include but are not limited to looping, conditional statements, parallelization.

 

Grades 7-8

Abstracts must:

  • be at least 300 words
  • explain relevant context or causes for a problem
  • explain who is impacted and how
  • reference at least two credible sources used in research

Final Projects must:

  • include a written summary of the problem, explanation of their innovative IT solution, and describe the goal and process for the unique learning resource they created; no word count requirement; may be submitted as a separate text document or integrated within the resource format
  • include an interactive learning resource that effectively explores or applies at least one IT concept related to their solution; must be informative and engaging for a student audience

Optional: Middle school students participating in the AWIM Cybersecurity Challenge  have the option to explore the core concepts in their submissions. Examples include but are not limited to data transmission, encryption and decryption, autonomous vehicle technology, and troubleshooting.

Theme 2: STEM Lit!

Create an imaginative digital or multimodal story that demonstrates how at least one aspect of engineering design could be applied to help solve a real-world issue. Submissions can range from community improvement projects to global solutions. And while teams aren’t expected to build the solution, they can create a digital storybook or comic book where the story and illustrations imagine kids who are putting the plan into action.

  • Must incorporate at least one explanation and application of engineering design
  • Must include an original plot with at least two characters and dialog
  • Must feature original imagery (graphics, illustrations, photos, etc.); Visual artwork must either be created in or converted to a digital format
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Optional: Elementary and middle school students participating in any AWIM Challenge have the option to integrate the Engineering Design Experience (EDE) in their projects. The EDE focuses on why & how engineers set goals, build knowledge, design, test, and present. AWIM Challenge connections may include but are not limited to gravity power, biomimicry, gear ratios, and green design.

Grades 4-6

Abstracts must:

  • be at least 150 words
  • explain relevant context or causes for a problem
  • explain who is impacted and how
  • reference at least one credible source used in research

Final Projects must:

  • include a written summary of the problem, explanation of their innovative engineering design solution, and describe the goal and process for the unique story they wrote and designed; no word count requirement; may be submitted as a separate text document or integrated as a foreword
  • include a digital story book that is approximately 15 pages; each page must include graphics and text
  • effectively explore at least one creative engineering design concept and application related to their solution; must be imaginative and informative for a student audience

Grades 7-8

Abstracts must: 

  • be at least 300 words
  • explain relevant context or causes for a problem
  • explain who is impacted and how
  • reference at least one credible source used in research

Final Projects must: 

  • include a written summary of the problem, explanation of their innovative engineering design solution, and describe the goal and process for the unique story they wrote and designed; no word count requirement; may be submitted as a separate text document or integrated as a foreword
  • include a digital story book that is approximately 20 pages; each page must include graphics and text
  • effectively explore at least one creative engineering design concept and application related to their solution; must be imaginative and informative for a student audience
     

 

Submission

Each student or groups of students may only submit one entry per theme. Mentors can submit abstracts to chowdhury@sae.org. You will then receive further instructions for submitting final projects to an online portal. Recipients of the 40 free AWIM kits will be notified directly.

Final project submissions must be in a shareable digital format (PDF, PPT, AVI, FLV, WMV, etc.) and/or provide a link to access online or in an app (online website, blog, flipbook, etc.).

Registration is not required, but mentors are responsible for providing contact information and uploading student abstract and final project submissions. In doing so, they certify that each submission is created by the student/team of students. Access to this portal will be granted upon submission of the abstract.

For any questions you might have, please contact chowdhury@sae.org.

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