The Insoluble Science Challenge - A Digital Film Competition

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Students work individually to create a 1-3 minute video that proposes a new, innovative solution to a current problem, and explains the STEM principles used in their proposed solution. There are two age groups: Grades 5-8, and 9-11. Three contestants from each age group will take home a prize!

Penn State and Restek are teaming up to encourage students to become inventors! Do you ever come across problems that you wish you could solve? Now is your chance! This year's theme is "innovation and problem-solving," and we want you to solve a current problem. Your video should:

1) Identify a current problem people face--whether in your own everyday life, in your community, or on a global scale.

2) Propose a new solution to this problem that uses STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) to solve the problem. Make sure your solution is a new and unique process, procedure, product, etc.

3) Explain how your solution would realistically work and how it uses STEM principles.


There are two age groups: Grades 5-8, and 9-11 for the 2015-2016 school year. The prizes for both age groups are:

First Place

Full 2016 residential Science-U summer camp scholarship.

Second Place

Full 2016 commuter Science-U summer camp scholarship.

Third Place

$150 credit value for a 2016 Science-U camp scholarship

All submissions are due by January 31st, 2016! Register by January 3rd!

How To Enter:

Please visit The Insoluble Science Challenge homepage for information on the contest rules and registration.