John McConnell Math & Science Center

$3,000 contest

The John McConnell Math & Science Center at Colorado Mesa University hosts interactive STEM displays seeking to improve math and science literacy one student at a time.

The West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association’s $3,000 display challenge contest is now available.

The challenge is available for high school and University students in Colorado. We’re looking for the brightest minds and the biggest ideas to create an interactive display for the John McConnell Math & Science Center at Colorado Mesa University.

Ideas should be interactive. Display concepts may include an interactive touch display app, or, a tactile physical display. The display should educate children about drilling, hydraulic fracturing, natural gas production, manufacturing, and or end uses that improve quality of life in the U.S. and around the world.

Display submissions might consider demonstrating the life-cycle of natural gas revealing not only how natural gas is produced, but also how the energy is used. Entries may also explore how natural gas benefits society through power generation, consumer goods, transportation and home heating, etc.

The WSCOGA Display Proposal Review Committee will consist of the association advisory committee as well as a representative from the Center and the Maverick Innovation Center. Participant judges from the Maverick Innovation Center will judge applications using the following criteria:

-Inspiration. Does your proposal inspire future generations of students to become interested in how natural gas is produced and does it inspire interest in learning about energy?

Style. Does your proposal demonstrate the processes, technologies and uses of natural gas in an innovative way?

-Communication. Does the display design and proposal communicate the importance of math and science to a future generation in the energy workforce? Does it inspire children to learn more about where energy comes from and how its used? And does the display communicate the importance of energy by making a fun and captivating interactive display?

Display proposals must include the following:

-A faculty sponsor or advisor for University or College Students

-A science teacher or school counselor sponsor for high school students

-Name and contact information for team participants (teams should be between 1-4 members)

-A one page written synopsis of the project

-A one page designed schematic or virtual rendering of the display

-A timeline, budget and detailed plan for building (or in the case of an app, programming) the project

Submissions must be received by August 31st, 2017 with a winner notification by October 15th. Interested teams should communicate an intent to submit no later than July 1st so contest judges can anticipate the total number of outstanding entries. The intent to submit should be sent via the form to the right.

The winning team will receive $3,000 for the design rights to build and complete their project. The team will be recognized at the association’s annual banquet and meeting at Colorado Mesa University and will also be recognized at the annual meeting of the Center. The winning team will also receive a letter of commendation from the Director of the Maverick Innovation Center.