Create a fabulous, jaw-dropping, three minute talk for a family audience explaining a key concept related to your research in quantum science or technology and how it might matter to us in the future.
- Currently involved in research in quantum science and technology as an undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, faculty, or associate, in a college, university, government, or industry lab.
- 18 or older.
- Available to perform at the Museum of Science on April 6, 2019, and to attend rehearsals on April 5, 2019. (Reasonable U.S. domestic travel costs will be purchased or reimbursed by the Museum of Science as well as lodging and per diem for non-local Finalists.)
- Available for 1 or 2 private coaching session(s) between March 19 and April 3, in person for local competitors or via video chat for those at a distance.
- Individuals may enter both the Talk and Hands-on Competition Tracks, however, they will only be selected as a Finalist for one of the two tracks, unless a team member is able to facilitate the Hands-on Activity on April 6th.
- Ineligible: Employees of the Museum of Science, Boston; employees of the National Science Foundation; minors (younger than 18).
- Length: 2 – 3 minutes
- Competitors may — but are not required to — use slides, props, and/or demonstrations.
- All material must be original, or used with permission, with rights cleared for worldwide internet posting. (See Fair Use guidelines in the Talk Tips pdf.)
- All material must be suitable for family audiences.
- Competitors will allow the Museum of Science to make use of their talk and associated materials for educational purposes, with appropriate credit.
- The Museum will reimburse Finalists for up to $50 in documented expenses for materials used in their talk.
- Competitors who are invited on March 9 to enter the Finals competition must confirm their intention to participate by March 11 at midnight Pacific Time.
- Reasonable U.S. domestic travel costs will be purchased or reimbursed by the Museum of Science as well as lodging and per diem for non-local Finalists.
- Reasonable accommodation will be made for Finalists with disabilities. Deaf and hard-of-hearing entrants may request an ASL interpreter.
- Finalists invited to present at the Museum will sign a photo/video release which allows the Museum full distribution rights.
- See Talk Tips for more guidance on creating a winning talk.
Judging Criteria and Process:
- How well the speaker explains to a family audience one or more key concept(s) related to their research in quantum science or technology, and how it might matter to us in the future.
- Quality of audience engagement.
- All entries will be checked for eligibility and rules compliance by the Museum of Science Quantum Matters™ Team.
- In consultation with outside experts, the Quantum Matters™ Team will select four Finalists.
- The four Finalists will be notified by March 9, and their intention to participate must be confirmed by March 11 at midnight Pacific Time. If they do not confirm, a replacement Finalist may be invited from among the other entries by March 14.
- Finalists will schedule science communication coaching sessions with the Quantum Matters™ Team to occur between March 19 and April 3, in person or via video chat, and will receive a $200 stipend to work on polishing their entries.
- Finalists will participate in a Warm-up and a Finals round before a live audience at the Museum of Science on Saturday, April 6.
- The distinguished judging panel for the Finals Round will include quantum science researchers and science communication experts. An audience choice prize will also be awarded.
- Quantum Matters™ Science Communication Competition Award certificates.
- Professional photos.
- Professionally-edited videos of the presentations; postings on YouTube; distribution through the Museum of Science, the National Science Foundation, and social media.
- Science news coverage through the Museum of Science, the National Science Foundation, and other professional publications and websites.
- Cash Cards:
- 1st prize: $300 VISA gift card
- 2nd prize: $200 VISA gift card
- 3rd & 4th Finalist awards: $100 VISA gift cards
- Audience Choice Award: $100 VISA gift card (in addition to prize awarded by judges)
- Fun! Fame! Fortune! And the satisfaction of knowing you have contributed to improving the quality of public engagement in quantum science and technology.
- March 1, midnight, Pacific Time: All entries and videos due.
- March 9, midnight, Pacific Time: Finalists will be notified.
- March 11, midnight, Pacific Time: Finalists confirm their participation.
- March 14, midnight, Pacific Time: Runners-up invited if a Finalist declines the invitation to compete in the Finals.
- March 19 - April 3: Individually scheduled coaching sessions, either at the Museum of Science or by video chat conference. Travel plans finalized for non-local participants.
- April 5: Finalists gather at the Museum of Science, Boston; final rehearsal/coaching, judging of Hands-on Activities, pre-competition reception.
- April 6: QM Science Communication Finals Competition: morning warm-up round and afternoon judging; audience choice awards, prize ceremony.
Read more and apply here