2019 “Greater than STEM” essay contest for students

Last year, we ran our second student essay contest. We were thrilled by the responses from 300 students from across the state. Students wrote all about ocean pollution, food insecurity, foster care, and much more – but we wanted more people to hear their stories.

So, we started a podcast to amplify students voices across Ohio and the world. We learned that no matter what the problem is, we can use our STEM skills to solve it – skills like perseverance, collaboration, creativity, and so many others. That podcast is called Greater Than STEM, and it launched this February.

For our essay contest, we want to keep learning and feature even more students.

Do you want the world to hear your story? Do you want to team up with an expert in the field to teach people all about your topic? Do you just want to hear your voice on a podcast with fun sound effects?

Here’s your chance. A few selected participants will be interviewed for the next season of Greater Than STEM and maybe even win prizes to help you pay for college!

The Prompt

Tell us about a problem in your life, community, or world. How did you learn about it? How are you using STEM skills to solve it?

The Requirements

  • Students must currently be in grades 6-12
  • Students must currently attend an OSLN-designated STEM school (see directory)
  • Essays must be under 750 words and submitted by 11:59PM on Friday, May 31st at this Typeform (Note: You cannot save drafts in this form. We suggest writing the essay in Microsoft Word or Google Docs and then copying and pasting your essay into the form.)

The Suggestions

Listen to an episode of Greater Than STEM. How can you tell the story of your problem? Why does it matter? And what are you doing about it?

Follow along this brainstorming worksheet to organize your thoughts.

The Prize

The top submissions in middle and high school will win $200, and a few of our favorites will be interviewed for the next season of Greater Than STEM!

Reach out to [email protected] with any questions!

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