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STEM Voice Competition Encourages Creative Expression of Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering

Thursday, February 19, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Video Submissions from Middle and High School Students due Friday, April 17

Students in middle and high school are invited to show, through the arts, how much they love science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Entries are now being accepted for the national STEM Voice™ Video Competition, which encourages students to make creative videos to show why STEM is important to them, or who their STEM hero is and why. 

The competition is managed by the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI), a group of non-profits focused on life sciences education, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. MdBio Foundation, Inc. will serve as the Eastern region coordinator; the iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center will serve as the Central region coordinator; and the Biocom Institute will serve the same role for the West Coast region. The contacts for the regional coordinators are available at

“From our work in the state of Michigan, it’s clear that kids are inspired by the STEM subjects they’re studying in school,” said Stephen Rapundalo, MichBio’s president and CEO. “The STEM Voice Video Competition is a great way for students around the country show what STEM means to them. We are proud to encourage students from throughout our region to get creative and enter this year’s contest.”

To participate, students must be in grades 5-12, under 18 years of age and a legal U.S. resident. Video submissions can include interviews, short stories, animations, or performances of drama or singing, and must correctly identify and explain the acronym for STEM or explore the interdisciplinary nature of STEM. All videos should be no more than 60 seconds and in a format that can be easily uploaded on the submission form. The deadline to submit videos and applications is Friday, April 17, at 11:59 PST. 

One semifinalist from middle school (grades 5-8) and one semifinalist from high school (grades 9-12) will be selected from each of the three regions. Each semifinalist (six total) will receive a $500 cash award. Two grand prize winners (one from middle school and one from high school) will receive $1,000 cash awards. Regional semi-finalists will be announced May 12 and national winners will be named on May 27.


Founded in 2012, the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI) is a national collation of 42 state bioscience organizations and the Biotechnology Institute that are working to ensure America’s leadership in bioscience innovation by delivering industry-led sciences education, workforce development, and entrepreneurship programs through a nationally coordinated effort. The CSBI and its programs are supported in part by the Amgen Foundation. Learn more at or follow them on Twitter @CSB_Institutes.

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