The NASA Center for Distance Learning in cooperation with Christopher Newport University and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) announced a global video competition called the VINNY award. Named in honor of Leonard da Vinci, a man famous for his creative use of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the VINNY award is designed to help heighten and increase awareness of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The competition challenges teams, made up of three students and one teacher, to identify and research a global problem and discover ways that STEM can be used to help solve it. The final product to be submitted for judging is a one-minute video explaining the global problem and a possible STEM solution. Prizes and recognition for schools, students, and teachers will be awarded in each of the six categories. In addition to the prizes and recognition, winning one-minute videos will be exhibited on the NASA’s Kids Science News Network web site.

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