Teachers and students could win $3,000 in this STEM experiment contest


Calling all budding scientists and science teachers! If you’re a teacher or the parent of a student who loves science, there’s a contest you can enter this October that could win you $3,000.

Celebrity scientist Steve Spangler and Arm & Hammer Baking Soda are again partnering up for the Spooky STEM Fest, a DIY contest intended to inspire creativity and make science fun. To enter the contest, just come up with a spooktastic Halloween-themed experiment using Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and create a video showing how the experiment works.

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The contest is open to both teachers and students, with three teachers and three students each winning $2,000, a Steve Spangler Kit and an extra $1,000 for their school. Winning teachers and students do not have to be from the same school and, if they are, teachers and students should enter the contest separately and videos should not be made or submitted together. All videos should be made at home, not in a school. You can read the full rules on Arm & Hammer’s website.

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Videos must not be more than 1 minute in length and cannot include any brands or logos other than Arm & Hammer. Videos also cannot include music or sound effects and you should not reveal any personal information in the submission materials. Teachers are not allowed to show students in their video.

The contest ends on Oct. 15 and the public will vote on entries Oct. 16-24. Entries will be judged mostly on the creativity of the experiment, followed by presentation, design and adherence to the contest rules. So while your experiment must be unique, it must still follow the rules.

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If you’re not familiar with Steve Spangler, he’s an Emmy Award-winning television personality who’s best known for sharing his lively experiments on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Take a look at some of his past Halloween experiments to get some inspiration for yours:

If you’d like to enter the contest, just submit a video and the ingredients you used for your experiment by heading to Arm & Hammer’s website.

Will you be submitting a video for a chance to win?

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