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The Reach Out Virtual Science Slams are open to all students and postdocs affiliated with the National Science Foundation’s 12 Science & Technology Centers (STCs). It’s easy to enter! Submit a draft video of a 3-minute individual or team entry by March 7 and receive a $50 stipend. Be selected to appear as one of the 12-18 semifinalists in the live-streamed April runoffs and receive a $150 stipend. Win one of the May 4th Finalist spots and receive a $250 stipend. Two $1000 prizes will be awarded! But the best part is that you will receive free individualized science communication coaching all along the way, before you submit your entry and before each slam.
Watch here for our announcement of the panel of celebrity Reach Out judges!
The Prompt for the Slam: Tell a story that engages an all-ages audience in your area of research or the broader work of your STC. You could illuminate a key concept related to your area of research, communicate the significance of a challenge your STC is tackling, or show the power of interdisciplinary team science.
Be creative! You may work individually or in teams; you may use slides, props, animations, music, or dance. All entries must include a live presentation component.
Content: The presentation tells a scientifically accurate and inspiring story about an area of fundamental research sponsored by an NSF Science & Technology Center.
Clarity: The presentation succeeds in communicating one or more key insights into the area of research and why it matters to a broad public audience including middle-school age children.
Creativity: The presentation draws upon elements of creativity in conception, design, writing, structure, visualization, and/or delivery in a virtual environment. These components work together to enhance rather than compete with the message.
Connection: The presenter (or presenting team) shares their passion, engages their audience, allows for moments of reflection, and makes the science meaningful.