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Competition Seeks STEM Innovations

The Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Opportunity Equation, and Ashoka's Changemakers have partnered to launch a competition designed to inspire STEM learning solutions.

The online collaborative competition, Partnering for Excellence: Innovations in Science + Technology + Engineering + Math Education, is "seeking models that bring STEM expertise and resources from the private and not-for-profit sectors into public schools," according to information released by the companies.

Winners in seven categories will be eligible for more than $150,000 in cash and other prizes.

The categories are:

  • The Judges' Awards with two $30,000 prizes;
  • The People's Choice Award with one $20,000 prize;
  • The ExxonMobil Foundation Prize is $10,000 for an entry that focuses on students in grades 5 through 8;
  • The Jhumki Basu Prize will award $10,000 for an entry that democratizes science education in the United States;
  • The Mind Trust Prize is $10,000 for an entry that improves STEM education in Indiana;
  • The Amgen Foundation Prize is $10,000 for an effective partnership model that enhances STEM learning through inquiry-based methods; and
  • The Innovations in Life Sciences Prize will award $10,000 each for two projects that promote partnerships between scientists and educators at middle schools and high schools in emerging areas of life sciences.

The deadline for entry is 5 pm EDT, August 3. More information about the prizes, specific criteria and sponsors is available at To download an entry form or to submit a project, visit

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].