Judging of all entries will be conducted by an independent panel of judges who have expertise in
STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and filmmaking. The decisions of the judges are final.
1. Clear message about the relationship between STEM and you (6 points)
2. Ability to deliver the message (3 points)
3. Connection to the Pittsburgh region (3 points)
4. Use of technology available to the entrant(s) (3 points)
5. Creativity (3 points)
6. Use of research (3 points)
7. Adherence to entry rules (up to 2 penalty points)
Entries that obtain 14 or more points will be eligible to compete for the top prizes as finalists and will be reocgnized
at the Awards Ceremony. Top finalists' videos will be shown on the largest screen in Pittsburgh in the Omnimax Theater.
Story Outline Submission earns you 1 extra judging point!
Message about the mutual impact of STEM in your life, world.
Sample questions to get you thinking:
- How does STEM - science, technology, engineering and math affect your daily activities? (transportation, how you communicate with people,
do homework, where you get your food, how you control your environment - temperature, sound,...)
- How does STEM (for example, the rivers, tech advances or engineering) affect your health?
- How does STEM (i.e. the weather, computers/Internet…) affect what you can do (for example, sports, a career, education)?
Ability to deliver the message
After viewing your film, is the audience able to articulate your message? How well?
Do your artistic style, your sounds, your imagery, your captions, and other elements best support getting the knowledge to your viewers?
Connection to Pittsburgh Region
This could mean it happens here physically, for example flooding, or that a person works on protecting the environment here in Pittsburgh (as opposed to France). If it were about tsunamis - it could be, for example, about connections to families here, or research about extreme weather being carried out here in the Pittsburgh region.
Use of technology available to the entrant
Camera, tripod, lighting, microphone - how did you use them? How well?
Creativity, use of original approach or concept
Does the film take an unusual approach? Is it refreshing? Do you use a unique voice? Do you have a signature style?
A good bibliography should be included, as appropriate. Is it good science? Give appropriate credit. Does it show an aspect of your working knowledge?