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Step Up For Students proudly supports Bright Ideas, a STEM competition for teens

By Sherri Ackerman

Do you know a high school student who wants to change the world? Someone who loves STEM – science, technology, engineering and math? A genius in the making?

Step Up For Students is proud to support Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth, a multi-state competition that lets students dream up the coolest inventions using STEM to help make their life, community or even the world more awesome.

Bright ideasThe competition is open to students, ages 14 to 19, who participate in public, private, homeschool or virtual education options and live within any Bright House Networks service area.

Students may enter as individuals, or as part of a team of two. They will compete head-to-head in front of a television studio audience in Orlando. An expert panel of judges will choose one grand-prize winner. The big winner gets to work with a leading innovation firm to help make the invention or idea a reality.

Who knows? Maybe it really will change the world.

The U.S. will have over 1 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2018; yet, according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, only 16 percent of U.S. bachelor’s degrees will specialize in STEM.

Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth is a competition that aims to inspire our youth to pursue STEM studies and careers. High school students can submit their STEM-powered ideas that tackle today’s toughest problems or would make the world a better place

Students younger than 18 need parental consent to participate. The contest requires students to write two essays describing their idea and how it relates to STEM. They also must produce a video or drawing depicting their idea. Bright House will accept submissions until Jan. 4, 2016. Please visit  Bright House Bright Ideas for contest rules and other information.

Regional finalists will be announced at late January or early February. The Grand Prize winner will be announced in March at the Finalist Pitch Event.

This is a great learning opportunity for students and one more way to help give them a chance to succeed.

Check out this year’s promotional video:

And watch the winner of last year’s competition being announced:

For more information about STEM careers, please read  this story on the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics website.