Biocom Institute launches a youth STEM video competition on behalf of the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI).

Mar 25, 2014, 12:38 ET from The Biocom Institute

SAN DIEGO, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Biocom Institute, a non-profit dedicated to supporting and enhancing the life sciences industry workforce, announced that they have launched a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Voice video competition in collaboration with The Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI).

The STEM Voice video competition is an online video competition introduced at Expo Day at The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering in San Diego.   The competition is open to all United States students in grades 5-12.  The students will be required to create a one-minute video designed to answer one of two questions - Why is STEM important to YOU? or Who is your STEM hero and why? 

Video submissions should be uploaded to YouTube and the application and additional details are available online.  The winner of the competition will receive a $5,000 cash award and be recognized at the Biotechnology Industry Organization's annual international convention, which will take place in San Diego on June 23-26, 2014. The Biocom Institute and CSBI's education committees will conduct the judging.

"Kids are doing amazing things these days in STEM, and we are so excited to be working with CSBI on this competition and showcasing the impact STEM is having on them, said Liisa Bozinovic, Executive Director of the Biocom Institute.  "These kids will be our future leaders in the advancement of science, engineering, technology and math."

The 2014 competition is being sponsored and funded by the Biocom Institute with funds formerly used to support the James McGraw scholarship program.  In future years, this competition will remain a program of CSBI, of which the Biocom Institute was a founding member.

The deadline for entry is April 21, 2014.  The application form and more details on this year's competition can be found on the Biocom Institute's website at:

About the Biocom Institute
The Biocom Institute is the gold standard in life science knowledge. As a national leader, we have built our reputation on being responsive to industry needs. Job seekers, life science professionals and the public come to the Institute to accelerate their careers through training. Organizations work with us to connect with communities, build business and inspire innovation. We encourage the bioscience workforce to be savvy in both business and science through our various training programs.  The Biocom Institute is the producer of the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering (Festival) a free STEM festival open to the public. 

About the Coalition for State Biotech Institutes (CSBI)
The Coalition for State Biotech Institutes is dedicated to ensuring America's leadership in bioscience innovation by delivering industry-led life science education, workforce development and entrepreneurship programs through a nationally coordinated effort.  Programs are uniquely positioned for life science industry to deliver, replicable in states across the U.S., extensible to other STEM industry sectors and are fully aligned with emerging K-12 Common Core Learning Standards.

About the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world's largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling "innovations transforming our world" and the BIO Newsletter is the organization's bi-weekly email newsletter." Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.

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SOURCE The Biocom Institute