JUMP into STEM is an online competition focused on engaging university and college students in challenges related to building technology.
To be eligible for awards, all team members must be able to verify they are a current student in the United States and 18 years of age or older (or the age of majority in his/her state, whichever is older) at the time of entry. Please see the Terms and Conditions for the full JUMP requirements. Also, review the JUMP into STEM Building Technologies Internship Program (BTIP) application criteria. Team members must either begin their internship application or decline internship consideration when the idea is submitted.
2. Form a Team
University and college students must participate in teams of 2 – 4. Team submissions will be evaluated for technical potential, innovation, diversity, and applicability.
3. Review Challenges and Submit Ideas
During the fall semester, JUMP into STEM will open three challenges for students to compete for awards. Read each current challenge to consider the specific questions and review the response criteria. Student teams select one challenge to respond to. Please see the JUMP into STEM 2020-2021 Rules Document for specific requirements.
4. The Challenge Judging Process
After the JUMP into STEM challenges close, the judging process will begin:
- Idea submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Judging panels are balanced with representatives from the private sector, DOE, national labs, and academia.
- The panel of judges will evaluate submissions using the evaluation criteria.
- JUMP into STEM will award one winner from each challenge. These winners will receive a token of recognition.
- Challenge winners and additional teams will be invited, if eligible, to compete in the virtual JUMP into STEM Final Event on January 28-29, 2021.
5. JUMP into STEM Final Event
- Eligible students from invited JUMP into STEM teams will compete in the virtual JUMP into STEM Final Event on January 28-28, 2021.
- Student teams will present their ideas to a panel of judges from industry, the U.S. Department of Energy, the national laboratories, or academia. Please see the JUMP into STEM 2020-2021 Rules Document. for presentation guidelines and evaluation criteria.
- The students from the winning team earn a paid summer internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Students will be assigned to their internship location. In order to win the internship, students must participate in the final competition. Refer to the JUMP into STEM 2020-2021 Rules Document for eligibility requirements.