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AIChE K-12 STEM Outreach Competition

2023 AIChE K-12 STEM Outreach Competition

The 2023 AIChE K–12 STEM Outreach Competition will take place Sunday, November 5, 2023 in conjunction with the 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting and Annual Student Conference in Orlando, Florida, USA.  We are so excited to return to our in-person format and bring K-12 students, parents, and teachers a truly “hands-on” experience.

The AIChE K–12 STEM Outreach Competition is presented by the AIChE K-12 Committee and Executive Student Committee and is generously supported by the AIChE Foundation. Through the AIChE K-12 STEM Outreach Competition, AIChE seeks to:

  • Connect members of the AIChE & K-12 communities
  • Increase the AIChE community’s engagement in K-12 STEM Outreach
  • Build & grow a central repository of educational resources for use in K-12 STEM Outreach initiatives







Open eyes to the wonders of STEM and inspire your peers when you showcase your interactive STEM modules to 100+ elementary, middle, and high school students, their parents and educators, and members of the AIChE community. 

Modules can take the form of discussions, demonstrations, or experiments, and can address any concept within the range of STEM, but will ideally connect to concepts or applications within chemical engineering. Each module will have both an experiential component and a written component.

Eligible AIChE members are encouraged to submit an entry for an opportunity to share their K-12 STEM module during the AIChE K-12 STEM Outreach Competition.

What's New in 2023?

To our returning competitors, welcome back! Here is a quick overview of some important adjustments to the competition from previous years. Please be sure to reference the latest versions of all competition documentation, linked below, for full instructions and all requirements.

  1. The 2023 AIChE K-12 STEM Showcase & Outreach Competition will take place in-person in Orlando, Florida, USA, on Sunday, November 5, 2023.
  2. Prospective competitors are still required to submit video demonstrations of their module at the time of their entry into the competition. These videos will live along with finalists’ modules in the AIChE K-12 Module Database


Evaluation Criteria

Modules will be assessed by volunteer judges on 10 criteria:

  1. Feasibility – mobility, accessibility, & cost
  2. Meaningfulness of objectives
  3. Target audience appropriate explanation of theory or concepts
  4. Connection to real world application
  5. Audience specialization
  6. Audience interactivity
  7. Innovativeness or creativity
  8. Safety
  9. Benefit to volunteers
  10. Takeaway handouts



for undergraduate student-submitted modules accepted for presentation and participation in the competition

  • 1st Place Award & $500 USD
  • 2nd Place Award & $300 USD


for non- undergraduate student submitted modules accepted for presentation and participation in the competition:

  • 1st Place Award & $500 USD
  • 2nd Place Award & $300 USD

And more

  • Top K-2 Module Award & $200 USD

  • Top 3-5 Module Award & $200 USD

  • Top 6-8 Module Award & $200 USD

  • Top 9-12 Module Award & $200 USD

DeadlineSeptember 1, 2023
AdministratorsExecutive Student Committee (ESC), Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC)
PresentationAwards will be presented at the conclusion of the event. Award winning modules will be included in a central repository of educational resources for use in K-12 STEM Outreach initiatives.
Nomination Instructions


Interested participants must review and fulfill all eligibility criteria, requirements for modules, and all entry requirements in their entirety by the specified deadline in order to be considered for participation in the competition.

Please be advised that due to space and time limitations, we will not be able to accept all submitted modules for participation in the competition.

Competitors may submit a maximum of one competition entry per target audience, for a maximum of four total submissions from any competing entity.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All participants must be active AIChE members
  • All participants must be active AIChE K-12 Community members
  • Undergraduate student participants must register to attend the Annual Student Conference
  • All other participants must register to attend Annual Meeting
  • Entries will be accepted from both teams and individuals

Requirements, Forms, & Documents

Requirements for Modules

Entry Form Questions

Safety Assessment Form

Handout #1 Template

Handout #2 Template

Institute Policies Attestation Form

List of Past Modules

Deadline for Entry

September 1st, 11:59 PM ET

Timeline for Notification

Primary contacts associated with submissions accepted for presentation will be notified of acceptance in mid-September (Target: September 15th)

Entry Instructions

Ready to submit your module?

Step 1: Submit an ENTRY FORM 

Step 2: Submit a VIDEO 

*Prior to uploading, please ensure that your video file name matches your "Name of Module" as indicated in your entry form. 

Contact with any related questions. 

SponsorsAIChE Foundation – All for Good Campaign

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