KHOU 11 and Space Center Houston are excited to announce the Inspiring Curiosity Contest is back! This will be the second year for the educational contest that highlights the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our classrooms. Teachers throughout the Houston area continue to develop new STEM projects to challenge our next generation of innovators. The Inspiring Curiosity Contest offers Space Center Houston teacher scholarships and $8,000 to help make these big ideas possible.
The contest is open to teachers of grades kindergarten through 12 in the greater Houston area. To enter, teachers should create a two-minute video detailing a STEM project or curricula in need of funding that would help them “Inspire Curiosity” in the classroom. Videos should include a description and/or demonstration of specific STEM initiatives in need of support and creatively show how STEM is actively incorporated in the classroom.
Upload the video to YouTube.com. Be sure to include the words “Inspiring Curiosity” in the name of the video, along with the classroom or school name. Then, complete the online application and paste the YouTube URL of your video in the entry form. The deadline for entry is Sunday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. CST.
A panel of judges will select one finalist from each grade level category: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th. The finalists will be determined based on the following criteria: (25%) Incorporation of STEM Theme; (25%) Classroom Participation; (25%) Originality and Creativity; and (25%) Style and Visual Appeal.
Beginning Nov. 28, people will vote for their favorite Inspiring Curiosity video on the KHOU 11 Facebook page. The finalist with the most votes will be the grand prize winner of $5,000 to further STEM education at their school. The remaining three finalists will each receive a $1,000 prize.
All four finalists will each receive a Space Center Houston scholarship to the 23rd Space Exploration Educators Conference, Feb. 9-11, 2017. The three-day STEM conference is an immersive learning experience with rocket scientists, astronauts and renowned educators from across the country.
The grand prize winner will also have the choice of the following:
Three scholarships (One teacher plus two students ages 14-18) to Space Center Houston’s five-day engineering program Space Center U™, a week-long immersive, STEM learning experience that teaches students about space exploration and traveling to and sustaining life upon a distant planet.
Three Distance Learning sessions for grades 2-12. These hands-on sessions are remote video conferencing sessions that teach students about spacesuits and rocketry amongst the real thing – actual spacesuits and flown Mercury, Gemini and Apollo capsules.
Tune in the week of Dec. 12 to see the grand prize winner announced on KHOU 11 News.
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