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World ORT STEM Communication Awards

Are you are an ORT student aged between 14 and 19 with a passion for Science Technology, Engineering or Maths? If so, you can apply for a World ORT STEM Communication Award.

What do I need to do?

To be eligible for one of these awards you will need to demonstrate your skills at communicating your STEM knowledge through a short video. The 5-10 minute video should clearly demonstrate your talent for communication either to convey a deep understanding of a specific STEM concept or your ability to clearly explain a complex current issue related to this field.

The video could show you giving a lecture, a screencast, an animated film, a song or any other way of communicating your chosen topic clearly to the audience. Your presentation should be your own work and we have clear guidelines for acknowledging any other sources you may wish to use in preparing your presentation. The Awards are intended for individual students however we will also consider applications from pairs of students, but not larger groups.

We are looking for presentations that use a creative approach and make the topic you have chosen easier for a non-specialist to understand. The panel of judges will be made up of scientists, non-scientists and students of the same age group and your video should be equally interesting to all of these audiences.

You will need to submit your video and application form to a teacher at your school or college first, who will then check that you have met all the criteria set out in our guidelines. If you are not sure where to submit your application please get in touch with World ORT directly at


Who can enter?

All students at World ORT, ORT or ORT-affiliated schools and colleges are eligible to apply.
The prizes will be awarded in two age categories: 14-16 years and 17-19 years. You must be within one of these age groups on the deadline for applications: May 16th 2016.
All entries must come from individuals or pairs of students. Applications from groups of students will not be eligible for prizes.

Which languages can I use?

Language should not present a barrier to participation. Presentations may either be submitted in English, or in your native language as long as you provide a transcript that would enable us to translate it into English and add subtitling to your video if it is selected for an Award.

How will the videos be judged?

All applications will be judged by a panel of educators and researchers, including representatives of World ORT’s Academic Advisory Council, and non-STEM professionals and students. The panel will rate the videos according to your communication skills, the quality and accuracy of the STEM content, your ability to convey your passion for STEM and to serve as a role model for other students. The decision of the judging panel will be final.

What are the judges looking for?

Engagement: The best presentations will be clear, engaging and interesting from start to finish. They should make the audience really think about the topic. After watching your presentation the judges should wish that they could see more of your videos.

Quality of information: The best presentations will cover their chosen topic in depth. They will identify ideas that contribute to confusion or misunderstanding and make them clear. All explanations should be well-structured and accurate. The viewer should understand the topic at a deeper level after watching the presentation.

Selection of the topic: The best presentations will explain a complex topic or issue that is not usually covered in a school or college STEM curriculum. The topic or issue should be important to the presenter so that they can convey their passion and enthusiasm through the video.

Creativity: We are expecting that the presentation is your own, original work. In addition we would also expect the best presentations to help the audience to view the topic in a new way. We encourage you to be experimental and to try to avoid standard presentation styles.

What are the prizes?

Cash prizes will be awarded in the two age categories:14-16 years and 17-19 years. Each age category will have an overall winner, awards for second and third places, and four awards for runners-up.

The cash prize for the winner in each age category is as follows:

  • Overall winners – $300
  • Second place winners – $200
  • Third place winners – $150
  • Runners up will each receive $100

How will the video be used?

By applying for an Award you agree to allow World ORT to share your video royalty-free for educational purposes and to publicise the winning videos online to World ORT’s international professionals, lay leaders and supporters.

When do I need to submit my application?

You need to complete your video and submit it to your teacher together with your application form before Monday 9th May 2016. If you are submitting a video in pairs, each student will need to complete an application form. The winning entries will be announced at the end of June 2016.

Do I need to use professional equipment?

No, but it must be reasonably well-filmed and edited. Although your video will not be judged on the quality of the video production directly, it must have clear audio throughout and be comfortable for the viewer to watch. Please make use of YouTube’s Free Music Archive if you plan to use soundtracks to accompany your video.

Do I need to be an expert on my topic?

You do not need to be an expert on the topic but you do need to give accurate information. Please check all the facts that you will use such as statistics and historical anecdotes. Use research from widely accepted and peer-reviewed sources wherever possible, and if in doubt ask your teachers.


Published: 25/01/16