2023 Challenge Question

Submission Requirements

To participate in the STEM Challenge, each team will develop 1) a prototype/rough model of their solution, 2) a proposal packet that outlines their prototype and presents a compelling plan for its usage 3) a 5-minute elevator pitch (either pre-recorded or in person depending on showcase selection)

Please register your team by October 2nd.

The Prototype

  • Technological simulation, a physical prototype, a computational model
  • Must be transportable to the Statewide Showcase or virtually visible for the Virtual Showcase
  • Option to use recycled or reused items
  • Option to construct in a makerspace
  • Not required to be functional
  • If the prototype is not functional team members must explain within the proposal packet how it would work under ideal conditions

The Proposal

Proposal packets must include:

  • Executive Summary (1 page max)
  • Written proposal (10 pages max including executive summary) outlining the prototype design, development process and usage plan

The Proposal should:

  • Identify the problem
  • Illustrate the problem-solving process
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal
  • Provide suggestions for modifications to the proposal
  • Test results
  • Effectiveness
  • Provide a budget analysis of materials and cost of prototype

The Elevator Pitch

  • No More than 5 minutes in length
  • Identify the problem, the solution, strengths, weaknesses, budget

2023-2024 Important Dates

  • 2024 Registration Now Open
  • November 4-5, 2023 - Professional Development for Teachers in Albuquerque
  • December 18, 2023 - Travel Funds Disbursed (tentative date) 
  • January 8, 2024 - Written Proposals Due
  • January 15, 2024 - Written Proposal Scores Due (Judges only)
  • January 20, 2024 - Showcase at UNM in Albuquerque