STEMfest Explain It! Video Competition Rules

Entries Due Monday, October 5, 2015

Your video…

  • Must explain a concept, topic, idea, phenomena, or theory in any of the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math). Feel free to be creative. No ‘talking head’ videos, please. Don’t just tell us – show us!
  • Should be between 2 – 4 minutes long.
  • Must contain only your own or your group’s original work – including music, sound effects, photography. See Resource Guide for a list of creative tools you can use.
  • Can be any production type including but not limited to live action video, animation, or animated photo essay. (An animated photo essay is a series of still images that have been strung together using video editing software and set to music, narration, or both.)
  • Must not be boring.

Have Fun!

Submission Directions Coming Soon!

Entries will be divided into groups based on age/grade level. Entries must be completed by groups of 4 or fewer students playing a central role. Categories are

  • Individual/Small Group: K-2
  • Individual/Small Group: 3-5
  • Individual/Small Group: 6-8
  • Individual/Small Group: 9-12

Judging will be based on the following criteria.

  • Accuracy – Was your explanation correct?
  • Creativity/Originality
  • Technical Quality (i.e. focused images, clear sound, interesting graphics)
  • Overall Effectiveness

Awesome Prizes - to be announced!

Winners will be announced and publicly screened on October 17th at STEMfest. Additional honors may be awarded at the judges’ discretion. 

Resources and Tools

You don’t have the right software to create your video? Don’t worry! Here is a list of just a few easy and free tools you can use to create your video. There are lots more available online.

Video/Animated Slideshow Editing


  • Aviary – Online music creator
  • Audacity – Record and mix your own music or voice
  • Hobnox – Create your own high energy tracks
  • JamStudio – Create your own music online


  • SAM Animation – Watch the intro video on this one. There are some great ideas!!
  • Scratch – Create and program your own animation

Mailing Address for Video Submissions

STEMfest Video Competition
C/O STEM Outreach
Lowden Hall 307
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115