Everything You Need to Know About The STEM³ Special Challenge

Important Dates

  • Challenge Opens – November 4, 2017 at 10:00am Pacific Time
  • Challenge Closes – January 30, 2018 at 10:00pm Pacific Time
  • Winners are notified on or around April 1, 2018


The Challenge

The competition focuses on identifying a STEM solution to a pressing challenge faced by individuals, communities or the world at large. The following materials must be submitted by 10pm PST on January 30, 2018:

  • A two-minute video describing your problem, promoting your solution and how it would be used. URL to your video (see video submission directions under Rules)
  • The Project Summary Report
  • Completed Application form
  • Signed Parent/Legal Guardian consent form if under 18 years old
  • Letter of support (directions on application)



  1. Your parent/legal guardian must submit a consent form if you are under the age of 18 years old.
  2. ELIGIBILITY: The STEM3 2018 Special Challenge is open to all U.S. residents who are enrolled in 6th through 12th grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school located in one of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia, and who qualify as having a social, learning or neuro-developmental challenge. Students can enter individually or in a group of up to 3 students. In a group submission, at least one of the participants must qualify as described above. If the student group is a mixed age group, the grade level of the highest grade student will determine the category of either middle school or high school. Limit one entry per student. 


  1. CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest period commences at 10:00am Pacific Time on November 4, 2017 and ends at 10:00pm Pacific Time on January 30, 2018.


  1. Only unpublished, original work can be entered. Videos may not contain any music unless created by the student or by someone who has given the student written permission to use his/her music.


    1. Go to
    2. Fill out the online application
    3. Fill out the Project Summary Report
    4. Add the URL for your video
    5. Get your parents or legal guardian to fill out and sign the Consent form
    6. Upload your letter of support


  1. VIDEO SUBMISSION: The Video must be no longer than two minutes. Only the student, or student group can appear in the video, no other individuals should be filmed. Students or student groups must work independently on the creation of their video. Student’s videos will be disqualified if they include work done by someone other than the student or the student group. All videos will be submitted through YouTube.


If you do not have a YouTube account, the student’s parent or guardian must first create a user account at www.youtube.com and agree to all YouTube terms. There is no fee to become a registered user of YouTube. YouTube is not a sponsor or anyway connected with this Challenge. Video file size and file format must meet YouTube specifications. Videos may not be submitted in any other format or through any other digital channels.

The student should access their YouTube account, upload their video, set the video’s privacy settings to “Public”, and note the URL that YouTube has given the video, and submit the URL.

On submission all videos become the property of The Help Group.



There will be a first, second and third place winner in each grade category. Winners will be notified by email or by telephone on or around April 1, 2018.


Winners will be recognized on our website, social media and in publicity.

All taxes on prizes and all expenses related to acceptance and use of the prize not specified are the sole responsibility of finalist/winner and/or his/her parent(s)/legal guardian(s).


Middle School Prizes (grades 6-8)

$250 First Place

$150 Second Place

$100 Honorable Mention

High school Prizes (grades 9-12)

$500 First Place

$250 Second Place

$150 Honorable Mention



 What the judges will be looking for:

  • A description of the problem and how it affects individuals, communities or the world at large.
  • Details of how STEM is being implemented to address the solution.
  • How well the problem is solved by the solution.
  • The creativity and innovation of the solution.
  • A plan for how the solution would be implemented.
  • The ability to effectively communicate the challenge, the solution and its implementation.