STEM Spotlight Awards: Seeking students with innovative ideas

If you were at the BCIT Burnaby campus earlier this week, you may have heard about the STEM Spotlight Awards. For those who haven’t, STEM Spotlight Awards is a competition where leaders from five STEM industries (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) talk about a problem or challenge that their industry currently faces. Each entrant, based on the industry they’ve chosen, will propose their creative solution to that problem in an essay with 1,500 words, or less. One winner is chosen from each category, and they will pitch their idea to win a grand prize of $20,000.

Sounds great, how do I sign up?

As long as you are a post-secondary student between 18 to 28 years old, and are not professionally associated with the competition, you are eligible to enter. You can apply on your own, or up to 4 members on a team. The application page can be found here.

When is the contest deadline?

The category questions were announced on October 19, 2016.

Entrants will have until December 2, 2016 to sign up and submit their proposed solution.

What are the incentives?

Each category winner will receive $1,000. In the final phase, after being evaluated by three different judges, the overall winner receives $20,000.

Why should BCIT students enter?

Our classrooms are filled with bright minds that are always thinking up creative ideas and solutions for our many class projects. Why not put those skills to the test, and see what we’re up against in some of BC’s biggest STEM industries? This is a great opportunity to showcase our knowledge and attract attention from some of the province’s top employers. You’ll get to show industry leaders what you know and how you think!

How do I find more information?

Check out the STEM Spotlight Awards website and/or watch this video!

Annie is the Online Community Coordinator for Link Magazine and a student in BCIT's New Media Design & Web Development program. She is also a BCIT 2014 grad in the Marketing Management Diploma program. Coming from a sales and marketing background, Annie has done work for start-ups and a major hotel company. Outside of school and work, she enjoys playing board games, yoga, cooking up a new recipe, trying out new craft beer, and trying to finish up a painting that's been in progress for nearly two years.

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