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Call for entries...

2019 Quantum Matters Science Communication Competition


Travel funds are available and there are now TWO ways to WIN!

1

TALK: We invite researchers to create a fabulous, jaw-dropping, three-minute talk for a family audience explaining a key concept related to your research in quantum science or technology and how it might matter to us in the future.


2

DEMONSTRATE: We invite individuals and teams (researchers or not), to design a fabulous, ah-ha! producing, hands-on activity for Museum visitors, communicating a key concept in quantum science or technology and how it might matter to us in the future.

Selected finalists (four in each category) will each receive expert science communication coaching and a $200 stipend to polish their entries, plus cash prizes of $100 - $400, travel to Boston, and competition photos and videos.


Entries due by midnight March 1, 2019
Finals: April 5 - 6, 2019, Museum of Science, Boston

See the complete Rules and Eligibility below.

See prior winners and the complete 2018 Competition video.


A brief taste of the 2018 Competition...

QM Talk Competition Rules & Eligibility

Create a fabulous, jaw-dropping, three minute talk for a family audience explaining a key concept related to your research in quantum science or technology and how it might matter to us in the future.


QM Talk Competition Entry Form


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently involved in research in quantum science and technology as an undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, faculty, or associate, in a college, university, government, or industry lab.
  • 18 or older.
  • Available to perform at the Museum of Science on April 6, 2019, and to attend rehearsals on April 5, 2019. (Reasonable U.S. domestic travel costs will be purchased or reimbursed by the Museum of Science as well as lodging and per diem for non-local Finalists.)
  • Available for 1 or 2 private coaching session(s) between March 19 and April 3, in person for local competitors or via video chat for those at a distance.
  • Individuals may enter both the Talk and Hands-on Competition Tracks, however, they will only be selected as a Finalist for one of the two tracks, unless a team member is able to facilitate the Hands-on Activity on April 6th.
  • Ineligible: Employees of the Museum of Science, Boston; employees of the National Science Foundation; minors (younger than 18).

Rules:

  • Length: 2 – 3 minutes
  • Competitors may — but are not required to — use slides, props, and/or demonstrations.
  • All material must be original, or used with permission, with rights cleared for worldwide internet posting. (See Fair Use guidelines in the Talk Tips pdf.)
  • All material must be suitable for family audiences.
  • Competitors will allow the Museum of Science to make use of their talk and associated materials for educational purposes, with appropriate credit.
  • The Museum will reimburse Finalists for up to $50 in documented expenses for materials used in their talk.
  • Competitors who are invited on March 9 to enter the Finals competition must confirm their intention to participate by March 11 at midnight Pacific Time.
  • Reasonable U.S. domestic travel costs will be purchased or reimbursed by the Museum of Science as well as lodging and per diem for non-local Finalists.
  • Reasonable accommodation will be made for Finalists with disabilities. Deaf and hard-of-hearing entrants may request an ASL interpreter.
  • Finalists invited to present at the Museum will sign a photo/video release which allows the Museum full distribution rights.
  • See Talk Tips for more guidance on creating a winning talk.

Judging Criteria and Process:

Judging Criteria

  • How well the speaker explains to a family audience one or more key concept(s) related to their research in quantum science or technology, and how it might matter to us in the future.
  • Quality of audience engagement.
  • Originality.

Judging Process

  • All entries will be checked for eligibility and rules compliance by the Museum of Science Quantum Matters Team.
  • In consultation with outside experts, the Quantum Matters Team will select four Finalists.
  • The four Finalists will be notified by March 9, and their intention to participate must be confirmed by March 11 at midnight Pacific Time. If they do not confirm, a replacement Finalist may be invited from among the other entries by March 14.
  • Finalists will schedule science communication coaching sessions with the Quantum Matters Team to occur between March 19 and April 3, in person or via video chat, and will receive a $200 stipend to work on polishing their entries.
  • Finalists will participate in a Warm-up and a Finals round before a live audience at the Museum of Science on Saturday, April 6.
  • The distinguished judging panel for the Finals Round will include quantum science researchers and science communication experts. An audience choice prize will also be awarded.

Prizes:

  • Quantum Matters Science Communication Competition Award certificates.
  • Professional photos.
  • Professionally-edited videos of the presentations; postings on YouTube; distribution through the Museum of Science, the National Science Foundation, and social media.
  • Science news coverage through the Museum of Science, the National Science Foundation, and other professional publications and websites.
  • Cash Cards:
    • 1st prize: $300 VISA gift card
    • 2nd prize: $200 VISA gift card
    • 3rd & 4th Finalist awards: $100 VISA gift cards
    • Audience Choice Award: $100 VISA gift card (in addition to prize awarded by judges)
  • Fun! Fame! Fortune! And the satisfaction of knowing you have contributed to improving the quality of public engagement in quantum science and technology.

Timeline:

  • March 1, midnight, Pacific Time: All entries and videos due.
  • March 9, midnight, Pacific Time: Finalists will be notified.
  • March 11, midnight, Pacific Time: Finalists confirm their participation.
  • March 14, midnight, Pacific Time: Runners-up invited if a Finalist declines the invitation to compete in the Finals.
  • March 19 - April 3: Individually scheduled coaching sessions, either at the Museum of Science or by video chat conference. Travel plans finalized for non-local participants.
  • April 5: Finalists gather at the Museum of Science, Boston; final rehearsal/coaching, judging of Hands-on Activities, pre-competition reception.
  • April 6: QM Science Communication Finals Competition: morning warm-up round and afternoon judging; audience choice awards, prize ceremony.

How to Enter:

  • Complete the online QM Talk Competition Entry Form.
  • Upload a video of your Talk to YouTube or Vimeo and include the link on your Entry Form. (The video does not need to be of professional quality.)
  • Submit your Entry Form by midnight Pacific Time on March 1, 2019.

Fine Print:

  • Transportation to and from Boston, overnight accommodation and per diem for non-local finalists will be paid for in advance by the Museum or reimbursed in accordance with federal guidelines. Transportation from outside the United States will not be provided.
  • Finalists living and working in the U.S. on certain types of visas may be subject to restrictions regarding the cash card portion of the prizes.
  • The Museum of Science reserves the right to modify or cancel the competition at any time for any reason, including but not limited to an insufficient number of qualified entries received.
  • The Museum of Science has the final say on any point not clearly outlined in the entry rules.
  • The decisions of the judges are final.
  • We are really excited to see what great talks and hands-on activities come our way!

Further inquiries:

quantum@mos.org


QM Hands-on Competition Rules & Eligibility

Design a fabulous, ah-ha! producing, hands-on activity for Museum visitors, communicating a key concept in quantum science or technology and how it might matter to us in the future.


QM Hands-on Competition Entry Form


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Anyone interested in sharing insights about quantum science and technology.
  • Individuals or teams of up to three people, all 18 or older.
  • Available (individuals or at least one member of the team) to facilitate their activity at the Museum of Science on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2019. (Reasonable U.S. domestic travel costs will be purchased or reimbursed by the Museum of Science as well as lodging and per diem for non-local Finalists.)
  • Available (individuals or at least one member of the team) for 1 or 2 private coaching session(s) between March 19 and April 3, in person for local competitors or via internet video chat for those at a distance.
  • Individuals may enter both the Talk and Hands-on Competition Tracks; however, they will only be selected as a Finalist in one of them, unless a fellow team member is able to facilitate the Hands-on Activity on April 6.
  • Ineligible: Employees of the Museum of Science, Boston; employees of the National Science Foundation; minors (younger than 18).

Rules:

  • Length: The complete activity should take no longer than 15 minutes to facilitate with Museum visitors; most successful informal science education activities take from 3 to 8 minutes, although discussion may continue.
  • The activity should be repeatable, robust, and easily reset to accommodate a steady stream of visitors. It must be appropriate for a family audience.
  • The hands-on activity must be original or an adaptation of an existing activity, with appropriate acknowledgement and credit.
  • Competitors will allow the Museum of Science to use, copy, adapt, and/or disseminate the hands-on activity for educational purposes, with appropriate credit.
  • The activity must fit on an 8’ table or comparable space. There will be access to a power strip.
  • Specialized materials and equipment are permitted, as long as they can be safely transported to the Museum and pose no safety risks in a museum environment. See the Guest Educator Safety Policy or consult with Quantum Matters Team at quantum@mos.org. (e.g., use of lasers may be allowed contingent on review with staff; liquid nitrogen and open flames are prohibited.)
  • The Museum will reimburse Finalists/Teams for up to $200 in documented expenses used in the final Hands-on Activity.
  • Prospective Hands-on Track entrants are invited to contact the Quantum Matters Team at quantum@mos.org to discuss ideas and concerns before purchasing equipment and/or materials.
  • The Museum cannot be responsible for loss or damage to materials or equipment.
  • Competitors who are invited on March 9 to enter the Finals Competition must confirm their intention to participate by March 11 at midnight Pacific Time.
  • Reasonable U.S. domestic travel costs will be purchased or reimbursed by the Museum of Science as well as lodging and per diem for non-local Finalists.
  • Reasonable accommodations will be made for Finalists with disabilities. Deaf and hard-of-hearing entrants may request an ASL interpreter.
  • Finalists invited to present at the Museum will sign a photo/video release which allows the Museum full distribution rights.
  • See Hands-on Activity Tips for more guidance on creating a winning hands-on activity.

Judging Criteria and Process:

Judging Criteria

  • How well the designer(s)/facilitator(s) are able to use the hands-on activity with a family audience to provoke interest and inquiry into one or more key concept(s) in quantum science or technology, and how it might matter to us in the future.
  • Quality of audience engagement.
  • Originality (or originality of the adaptation).
  • Design of the hands-on activity and materials; their robustness and replicability.

Judging Process

  • All entries will be checked for eligibility and rules compliance by the Museum of Science Quantum Matters Team.
  • In consultation with outside experts, the Quantum Matters Team will select four Finalists (individuals or teams).
  • The four Finalists/Teams will be notified by March 9, and their intention to participate must be confirmed by March 11 at midnight Pacific Time. If they do not confirm, a replacement Finalist/Team may be invited from among the other entries by March 14.
  • Finalists/Teams will schedule will be invited to schedule individual coaching sessions with the Quantum Matters Team to occur between March 19 and April 3, in person or via video chat, and will receive a $200 stipend to work on polishing their entries.
  • The distinguished judging panel for the Finals Round on Friday, April 5 will include quantum researchers experienced with outreach and informal science learning experts. An audience choice prize will also be awarded from visitors exploring the Hands-on Activities on Saturday, April 6.

Prizes:

  • Quantum Matters Science Communication Competition Award certificates.
  • Professional photos.
  • Professionally-edited videos of the presentations; postings on YouTube; distribution through the Museum of Science, the National Science Foundation, and social media.
  • Science news coverage through the Museum of Science, the National Science Foundation, and other professional publications and websites.
  • Cash Cards:
    • 1st prize: $300 VISA gift card
    • 2nd prize: $200 VISA gift card
    • 3rd & 4th Finalist awards: $100 VISA gift cards
    • Audience Choice Award: $100 VISA gift card (in addition to prize awarded by judges)
  • Fun! Fame! Fortune! And the satisfaction of knowing you have contributed to improving the quality of public engagement in quantum science and technology.

Timeline:

  • March 1, midnight, Pacific Time: All entries and videos due.
  • March 9, midnight, Pacific Time: Finalists/Teams will be notified.
  • March 11, midnight, Pacific Time: Finalists/Teams confirm their participation.
  • March 14, midnight, Pacific Time: Runners-up invited if a Finalist declines the invitation to compete in the Finals.
  • March 19 - April 3: Individually scheduled coaching sessions, either at the Museum of Science or by internet video conference. Travel plans finalized for non-local participants.
  • April 5: Finalists gather at the Museum of Science, Boston; final rehearsal/coaching, judging of Hands-on Activities, pre-competition reception.
  • April 6: QM Science Communication Finals Competition: morning warm-up round and afternoon judging; audience choice awards, prize ceremony.

How to Enter:

  • Complete the online QM Hands-on Competition Entry Form.
  • Upload a video of your hands-on activity to YouTube or Vimeo and include the link on the Entry Form. The video should show the hands-on activity materials, facilitation approach, and what visitors will do and experience. The video does not need to be of professional quality, and should be under 15 minutes in length.
  • Submit your Entry Form by midnight Pacific Time on March 1, 2019.

Fine Print:

  • Transportation to and from Boston, overnight accommodation and per diem for non-local finalists will be paid for in advance by the Museum or reimbursed in accordance with federal guidelines. Transportation from outside the United States will not be provided.
  • Finalists living and working in the U.S. on certain types of visas may be subject to restrictions regarding the cash card portion of the prizes.
  • The Museum of Science reserves the right to modify or cancel the competition at any time for any reason, including but not limited to an insufficient number of qualified entries received.
  • The Museum of Science has the final say on any point not clearly outlined in the entry rules.
  • The decisions of the judges are final.
  • We are really excited to see what great talks and hands-on activities come our way!

Further inquiries:

quantum@mos.org


The 2019 Quantum Matters Science Communication Competition is sponsored by the Museum of Science with support from the National Science Foundation (# 1231319)
Contact: quantum@mos.org