Students Innovate for a Better America Competition Students Innovate for a Better America Competition Students Innovate for a Better America Competition Students Innovate for a Better America Competition


Each class must prepare a written description of its project. The description may be a combination of text and artwork. The entry must be typed, double-spaced, and single-sided on standard 8 1/2" x 11" paper with 1" margins for all pages. Handwritten entries will not be accepted. Do not use binders, folders or report covers.

Please include a list of each student in the class who was involved in the project and the nature and scope of his/her involvement.

Any entry submitted by the class in another national competition may not be submitted to the Motorola Competition. All work must be done as a result of the challenge selected for the 2010-2011 STUDENTS INNOVATE FOR A BETTER AMERICA COMPETITION©.

Entries must be submitted by February 9, 2011, at 5:00 EST. The entry may be sent via mail, FedEx, UPS, fax or e-mail. However, remember that any materials sent via fax may lose some of their visual quality, and entries sent via either fax or e-mail may be limited by the number of entries attempting to use the machines at the same time.

The Competition Entry must include:

  • ENTRY APPLICATION FORM and one complete Entry Form for the entire class.
  • PROJECT SUMMARY - Briefly restate the selected Motorola Challenge.
  • DESCRIPTION - Provide a thorough description of how this challenge may be solved. Include a detailed summary of the method your team intends to resolve this challenge. This must include a statement of your hypothesis, a bibliography of any resources used to support your research and a clear statement of testing completed. This testing may be shown by graphs and charts or paragraph summaries and may also be supported by visuals, including photographs, CDs or DVDs.
  • POTENTIAL IMPACT - Discuss the positive outcomes that are the projected results of your solution to the selected Motorola Challenge.
  • BUSINESS PLAN - Include the strategic Business Plan that will help your team and its community accomplish the solution to your challenge. Include the list of possible funding sources and prospective revenue streams that would be important in resolving the challenge.
  • POTENTIAL JOBS - List what types of jobs might result from this innovation (solution to your challenge).
  • EVIDENCE OF TEAMWORK - Document the roles of each team member in solving this challenge. Be sure to include your Project Manager and Data Logger.
  • EVALUATION PLAN - State the mechanism for measuring your project's success.
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY - Use APA format to document your sources.


The semi-finalists will be selected by a panel of distinguished science educators with expertise in science, science education and leaders from the business community. ALL judges' decisions are final. The semi-finalists will be judged the week of February 10-16, 2011. If your school is selected as a semi-finalist, you will be notified by phone or e-mail by Saturday, February 19, 2011. You will also receive a letter indicating your selection and detailing the requirements for sending the visual presentation of your challenge solution (if one has not accompanied the initial entry application).

If your team is selected as a semi-finalist, you will be asked to provide a class/team photo as well as photos of a prototype if your project challenge solution includes a hands-on device. Final judging will take place the week of March 9-11, 2011. The semi-finalists will be limited to 10 finalist teams who will be notified by Wednesday, March 16, 2011. The awards will be presented by Motorola employees from your school's community in April. The method of presentation will vary depending upon the school district and the respective party's schedules.

Semi-finalists will be posted on the official National Museum of Education website at by Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The finalists will be posted by Monday, March 23, 2011 on the website. These postings will include the titles of the winning challenges, the names and photos of the winning teams and the school name. Non-winners will be sent an e-mail notice of their status.

Clarity of statement or hypothesis of the challenge solution
. . . Indication that the solution will have a significant impact


Quality and thoroughness of research & bibliography


Evidence of teamwork
. . . Each class member must demonstrate his/her contribution to the success of the project


Feasibility of the challenge solution
. . .
Can this solution actually work?


Demonstration of a clear use of STEM standards (STEM= Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)


Clear statement of a workable Business Plan


Feasibility and variety of identified funding sources to help solve the challenge


Strength of the overall ability to solve the selected challenge

  1. Consider the use of optional visual supports
  2. Determine the entry solution is clearly written
  3. Decide whether the challenge solution may be more convincing by including a hands-on prototype





The prizes will include the following monetary awards to be used for the winning schools’ science program and a custom-made trophy as determined by Motorola:

Three Top-Prize teams will receive
Three Runner-Up teams will receive
$ 500
Four Honorable Mention teams will receive
$ 125

All participating schools will receive the award-winning Science Screen Report DVD series to keep at no cost.


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