AIChE K-12 STEM Outreach Competition

November 10, 2019
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AIChE is pleased to announce the 1st AIChE K–12 STEM Outreach Competition, a new AIChE competition taking place Sunday, November 10, 2019 in Orlando, Florida during the AIChE Annual Meeting and Annual Student Conference.

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.



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 limitations, we will not be able to accept all submitted modules for participation in the competition.


Eligibility Criteria

  • All participants must be active AIChE 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

Entry Instructions

Ready to submit your module?

Undergraduate Student Members & Student Chapters

Undergraduate Student Members & Student Chapters must submit two online entry forms (Entry Form 1A & Entry Form 1B)

Entry Form 1A

Entry Form 1B

All others

Professionals, Local Sections, Graduate Student Members, and other AIChE Community Members (Technical Entities, Divisions, Forums, Committees, Operating Councils, etc.) must submit one online entry form (Entry Form 2) 

Entry Form 2


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 10th)


Evaluation & Awards

Evaluation Criteria

Modules will be assessed by volunteer judges on 10 criteria:

  1. Feasibility – mobility, accessibility, & cost
  2. Meaningfulness of objectives
  3. 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



Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the event on November 10th.  Award winning modules will be included in a central repository of educational resources for use in K-12 STEM Outreach initiatives.

Executive Student Committee Awards

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

  • 1st Place Award & $500 USD
  • 2nd Place Award
K-12 Committee Awards

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

  • 1st Place Award
  • 2nd Place Award


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