Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your most essential questions in our frequently asked questions, FAQs, for Educations Pick Best of STEM Awards.

Who Should Enter?

Who should enter the Teachers Pick Best of STEM awards?

All science and STEM education companies providing rockstar products, services, and technology for science, STEM, and CTE education are eligible to apply.

  • STEM-Focused Products & Services: Whether you’re offering a groundbreaking educational app, an innovative piece of lab equipment, or a teaching methodology that revolutionizes learning, if it’s relevant to STEM, it belongs here.
  • Innovators and Trailblazers: From startups to well-established companies and educational institutions, if you’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in STEM education, we want to see your work.
  • International Entries Welcome: Have a brilliant product available outside the U.S.? No problem! As long as you offer English-language support or an English version, you’re eligible to compete.
  • Impact on STEM Education: Your entry should demonstrate clear benefits to educators and students. Whether it’s through improved learning outcomes, increased engagement, or enhanced teaching tools, show us how you’re making a difference.

Are non-profits and government agencies eligible?

Absolutely! We’ve had the pleasure of seeing numerous non-profits achieve recognition through our awards. Here are some notable winners who have been making waves in the world of STEM and education:

A.T. Still University

Pioneers in health sciences education, A.T. Still University is dedicated to preparing compassionate healthcare professionals who serve the underserved. Their innovative programs and holistic approach to learning ensure that students are well-equipped to make a meaningful impact in their communities.

Code.org

Code.org is on a mission to make computer science accessible to all students. By providing free coding lessons and advocating for computer science education in schools, they’re ensuring that every young mind has the opportunity to learn and thrive in the digital age.

EarthScope

EarthScope is like the superhero team of geological science. They provide researchers with cutting-edge tools to study the structure and evolution of North America. Their work helps us better understand natural hazards and tectonic activity, making the planet a safer place for all its inhabitants.

HHMI Biointeractive (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

HHMI Biointeractive offers a treasure trove of free educational resources, from interactive animations to virtual labs. They empower educators to bring science to life in the classroom, inspiring the next generation of biologists and medical professionals.

Jason Foundation

The Jason Foundation is tackling youth suicide head-on with its comprehensive educational programs. By raising awareness and providing crucial resources, they’re working tirelessly to prevent this tragic issue and save young lives across the nation.

Pūhoro Charitable Trust

Pūhoro Charitable Trust is bridging the gap for Māori students in STEM fields. Through mentorship and tailored educational initiatives, they’re fostering a new generation of Māori scientists and engineers who will lead with both knowledge and cultural insight.

Shape of Life

Shape of Life brings the wonders of the animal kingdom into classrooms with their engaging educational films and resources. They explore the evolutionary history of animals, creating a richer understanding of biodiversity and life on Earth.

US Math Recovery Council

Mathematics is no longer the “final frontier” thanks to the US Math Recovery Council. They provide transformative professional development and resources that help educators teach math more effectively, ensuring that students can conquer any numerical challenge.

We’re incredibly proud of these non-profits and their contributions to education and science. Their innovative programs and dedication to their missions make them shining examples of what can be achieved through passion and perseverance.

Why Should I Enter?

Read the Top 8 Benefits for Entering The Educators Pick Best of STEM awards

Entering the Best of STEM earns you brand love:

  1. Increased visibility: Winning an award can increase your product’s visibility and exposure to potential customers and partners.
  2. Credibility and validation: Winning provides validation that your product is of high quality and can be trusted by educators.
  3. Differentiation from competitors: Set your STEM educational technology apart from competitors and help your products stand out in a crowded market.
  4. Positive press and media coverage: Winning generates positive press and media coverage, which can help increase your product’s reach, credibility, and SEO.
  5. Feedback and validation from judges: Entering provides valuable feedback, both positive and constructive. Winners receive quotes from judges they can use in marketing materials.
  6. Boost employee morale: Winning brings joy.
  7. Sales enablement: Increased visibility leads to a warm reception for your sales reps on their initial call.
  8. Increased sales and revenue: Winning can lead to increased sales and revenue as a result of increased visibility, credibility for your product, and word-of-mouth marketing.

What do winners receive?

Winners of the Best of STEM award receive

  • A social media kit from Catapult X and The Leoni Consulting Group to use in their social promotion and any emails.
  • A quote from your educator judge that you can use in promotional materials.
  •  Mention in the press release announcing winners.
  • Mention in full-page ads from NSTA in the January 2024 issues.
  • Mention in a full-page ad from NABT in the October 2023 issue.

Which Products Can I Enter?

Which products are eligible to compete?

The Best of STEM awards is open to educational products that serve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Products must

  1. Be safe for classroom use
  2. Make accommodations for all learners
  3. Provide teacher support for use in the classroom

We’re wondering if we have to submit just one singular product or if we could do a full product line?

You may enter a full product line for a single category. Questions to consider when deciding include

  1. Do all the products work together to solve a classroom goal?
  2. Will the educator judge(s) be able to adequately judge a full product line during a 30-minute product demo?

How Much Does It Cost?

How much does it cost to enter?

Pricing
One award entry: $695
2-4 entries: $625 for each award entry
5+ entries: $575 for each award entry
Pricing includes stipends for educator judges and promotional press releases.

What do finalists receive?

Finalists in the Best of STEM awards receive

  • A Finalists’ logo to use in social media and digital assets
  • Mention in a press release announcing finalists
  • Link to STEM provider website in Best of STEM’s newsroom

How do I enter?

Nominating a product for the Best of STEM award is simple.

  1. Decide which product(s) you want to enter.
  2. Choose the category(s) to compete in.
  3. Fill out the nomination form.
  4. Repeat if you are entering more than one product or more than one category

What happens next?

  1. You will receive an invoice, which will also confirm your submissions.
  2. You may pay by credit card, ACH transfer, or check.
  3. Payment must be received before July 10, 2023 to participate.

Why do we have to pay to enter?

We thought about this for a long time: Wouldn’t it be great if the program were free?

But there are costs associated with running the program, so if the program were free, we would have to have several sponsors to underwrite the program. Sponsors like to have influence in shaping the program, and our goal has always been, and will always be, that products are judged by educators without the influence of corporations, associations, or organizations with deep pockets.

So we ask companies to pay a fee to cover website design, coding, updates, social media, press releases, and educator stipends.

Transparency is our thing. If you have questions, please email [email protected].

What information do I need to provide to enter?

How much does it cost to enter?

The pages on the entry form are in this order:
1. Overview page
2. About the person and/or company submitting
3. Name of product & a few sentences on why they should win
4. Digital files that you would like to provide for the judge to review
5. Category choice: You can enter one product for one category or one product for multiple categories; however, please submit one form per product entry.
You may view a sample pdf of the entry form here.

How do I decide which category to enter?

The decision on which category you choose affects which judge you are assigned. Each category is assigned a teacher judge who specializes in that area. For example, if you submit for early learning, K-6, you will be assigned a judge who specializes in early science learning. If you choose computer science, you will be assigned a judge who specializes in computer science. For this reason, we encourage companies to choose more than one category in which they have a strong competitive advantage.

For other tips on entering awards competitions, see our popular blogpost with tips submitted by leading public relations firms.

WIN!

Applications open May 1, 2024 for Best of STEM!