STEAM Video Challenge Offers Opportunity for Students To Pave the Way for Sustainability


A Message from Brian Macon, Professor, Mathematics, and Debra Hollister, Professor, Psychology

We need to better understand the connections between growing enough food, meeting rising energy needs and providing ample clean water for people around the world. However, this isn’t just the responsibility of industry, corporations and governments. We, as individuals, have an important role to play, and our students have an even greater one. As leaders of the future, they are tasked with developing sustainable practices to ensure we don’t deplete our resources or destroy the environment we rely on.

To engage students in this crucial sustainability conversation, we have developed a fun and educational contest — coined the STEAM Challenge — that gives students an opportunity to learn about some of these issues, share their ideas and propose possible solutions for a sustainable environment. This will also be an opportunity for students interested in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) field to learn more about possible career paths and mingle with like-minded students.

The only thing they need to do is make a simple, fun, creative video that poses solutions related to sustainability. These solutions can be anything from usage of water to energy management.

Each person participating will earn a prize, ranging from a Bluetooth speaker and reusable water bottles to an Under Armour thermos. For the grand prize, judges will select the top submission and send the participants on an all-expense-paid trip to a local conference on sustainability in the spring term.

For submission guidelines, click here. For more information on the challenge, click here.

The submission deadline is Friday, November 4, 2016.

We hope you will join us in encouraging our students to think about sustainability and impact their own futures.

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Macon at or extension 7777 or Debra Hollister at extension 7412.

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