Frequently Asked Questions

Student Challenge

Frequently Asked Questions

Entry FAQs

How do students enter?

To enter, students must submit a 1-2 minute video describing a STEM solution to a home, school, community, or global problem that relates to one of the four topic areas: Safety & Well-Being, Quality Education, Sustainable Cities & Communities and Life on Land. Learn more about the topic areas by visiting the entry topics page.  

Is the competition open to anyone?

The competition is open to all legal U.S. residents who are students enrolled in grades 5-8 at a public, private, parochial, or home school located in one of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia.  

Can a student enter as an individual?

Yes. Students may enter the challenge as an individual or a team of 2-4 students.

What is the deadline for submission?

February 13, 2020 

Can music be used in my video?

Entry videos may not contain music unless created by the students or by someone who has given the entrant permission to use their music.  

Where can students get a video camera?

Many cell phones and digital cameras can be used to film a short video. Students who don’t have access to either can check with their teacher, school media center, or local public library.  

How do students submit a video?

Students must have a user account on the Fueling Education website in order to submit a video. Students should submit a video as a YouTube URL link by February 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET. Before uploading your video, be sure it meets the following criteria:  

  1. Your video contains only original ideas and work 
  2. Your video contains no copyright materials 
  3. Title your video “Fueling Education Student Challenge Submission: [Your Title]” 
  4. Your video is between 1-2 minutes in length 
  5. Your video is uploaded to YouTube and published to public viewing and set to unlisted. Please do not set your video to private. Please see youtube.com/help for details. 

How can students retrieve a lost username/password?

When a student's parent/guardian completed the required consent form and registration form, the student's username and a link to change their password were emailed to the student and his/her parent/guardian. Passwords can also be reset here

Can submitted videos be updated?

Yes, students can log into their account and add a new video link to their saved entry prior to February 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET. Once a new link has been provided, the new link will overwrite the old link associated with the student’s account. 

Judging FAQs

How are videos judged?

Videos do NOT need to be "produced" or have high production value. Judges are not evaluating production skills. Videos may be recorded on cell phones or simple digital cameras, for example. In addition, local libraries and schools may be able to loan cameras to students. 

Entries that follow all of the rules and regulations will be ranked based on the average of scores awarded by a panel of judges using the following rubric: 

  • Creativity (ingenuity and innovative thinking) (30%) 
  • STEM knowledge (30%) 
  • Persuasiveness and effective communication (20%) 
  • Overall presentation (20%) 

Who are the judges?

A panel of qualified judges from Discovery Education, CITGO and their partner organizations will score qualifying entries.

Prizing FAQs

What are the student prizes?

Grand Prize: One team or individual receives a total of $20,000.

2nd Place: One team or individual receives a total of $10,000.

3rd Place: One team or individual receives a total of $5,000.  

School Prizing: Schools with five or more entries will be put into a random drawing for a chance to win a $2k scholarship. One school will be eligible to win. 

What if I have a question that is not addressed here?

Contact us at FuelingEducation@discoveryed.com. Information submitted to this email address by unregistered students will be deleted after a single response. 

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