June 21, 2016 – The Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI), a group of non-profits organized to advance education, entrepreneurship and STEM workforce development, announced the winners of the 2016 STEM Voice video competition in collaboration with MdBio Foundation (Rockville, MD,) EDUCATE Center of the iBIO Institute (Chicago, IL) and the Biocom Institute (San Diego CA). This competition was made possible by a grant from the VWR Foundation.
CSBI congratulates the 2016 STEM Voice Video Competition Winners. The national middle and high school individual competition winners are Seth McLaughlin and Caprial Grow. Mr. McLaughlin, from Margarita Middle School in Temecula, CA won the West Regional and the National Middle School Competitions. Ms. Grow from Centennial High School in Peoria, AZ won the West Regional and the National High School Competitions.
The national middle and high school group competition winners are CPN STEM and 3 Eyes Productions. CPN STEM Group, from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico includes Valeria Oliver, Nimar Cisneros and Alexandra Gonzalez who won the East Regional and the National Middle School Group Competitions; 3 Eyes Productions from Caguas, Puerto Rico includes Angelik Laboy, Alexis Luciano and Sebastian Hernandez who won the East Regional and the National High School Group Competitions.
STEM Voice is an online video competition open to all United States students in grades 5-12. Each contestant created a one-minute video designed to answer one of two questions – Why is STEM important to YOU? Or who is your STEM hero and why?
CSBI also praises the regional finalists, all of whom can be viewed online at http://www.csbioinstitutes.org.
“CSBI is proud to have the added support from the VWR Foundation in our third year of this competition as it has allowed the addition of a group category in each age division this year as another way to support the great STEM clubs and classrooms throughout the country working daily to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders”, stated Liisa Bozinovic, CSBI Co-Chair and Executive Director of the Biocom Institute. “The best part of this competition is also the hardest; watching all those future STEM hero’s in action and then having to select the winners from so many great submissions.”
“The VWR Foundation Board was impressed by the unique approach to promoting science to our youth that the STEM Voice Video Competition presented and was honored to be a sponsor,” stated Valerie Collado, President of the VWR Foundation. “Watching the video submissions was inspiring. We look forward to these students leading the future of STEM.”
The Regional STEM Voice winners receive a cash award ranging from $500-$750. National Winners receive an additional cash award ranging from $1,000-$1750. A portion of the winner’s award in the individual categories will be donated to a STEM non-profit in the winner’s name.
All competing videos are available for viewing online at on the CSBI website www.csbinstitute.org.
About the Coalition for State Biotech Institutes (CSBI)
The Coalition for State Biotech Institutes is dedicated to ensuring America’s leadership in bioscience innovation by delivering industry-led life science education, workforce development and entrepreneurship programs through a nationally coordinated effort. Programs are uniquely positioned for life science industry to deliver, replicable in states across the U.S., extensible to other STEM industry sectors and are fully aligned with emerging K-12 Common Core Learning Standards. Learn more at www.csbioinstitutes.org.