Do you have an idea in your head and can't wait to start giving it a shape? Have you involved some friends and have you made a team project? Are your students looking forward to participating in the International STEM Awards? Then it's time to get to the heart of the challenge and register your project on the platform.
But first you need an account: if you have not yet registered, you can read this article that guides you step by step in creating your account.
Enter your credentials and press the Login button.
You will be redirected to your profile page: from here you can access some features that will be enriched as you progress through the various stages of the challenge.
On the right side of the page you will find some tutorials that can be useful for making the concept, the planning and the development of your project.
The challenges appear at the bottom of the page.
By pressing the Subscribe button you can register an existing project to the challenge.
If you haven't created a project yet, a popup will warn you that you do not have projects to register for the challenge.
Whether you are a student or a parent or a teacher who wants to involve other younger participants, the first thing you need to do is to create a project.
To create your first project, you can press the Create button in the popup or you can click outside the popup to return to your profile screen. From here you can press the Create button.
Press the Create button to access the project page.
Through the project page you can: 1. edit your project 2. enter keywords (tags) to facilitate the search for the project 3. invite team members.
Let's start by giving the project a title. Click on "Add Title" and type in the new title.
Then add an image that will become the cover image of your project, like the photo on your identity card: when the project will be visible to the community this will be the image that will identify it, so take care to choose an image that is beautiful and representative of the project at the same time.
Select the image from your computer or drag an image into the empty area. You can optionally adapt the image by pressing the Cut button. To confirm your choice, press the Save button.
At this point you can start describing your project.
We want to spend some words now about what we expect you to write in this space.
This is the space dedicated to collecting the contents of your project: we suggest you first to insert a brief description (a brief summary or abstract) that will immediately make it clear to the reader what your project involves.
You can add other information such as, for example, any scientific sources and resources through which you have improved your knowledge (a short bibliography), the list of materials you have used, the procedure you have followed, any documents you have produced during the execution of the project. And again the difficulties you have encountered and how you have solved them. Remember that you can insert images, videos and, generally speaking, you can do everything that is allowed by a standard web editor.
There is no structured list of contents just as there are no mandatory contents and it could not be otherwise, given that each project is unique and may need different information to better describe it. What we can suggest is not to lose sight of the common goal to which all the projects of this community must aim: allow community members to understand the project, be able to ask questions about it and propose improvements or alternative versions.
You are then the only person who can decide what to write and how long this description should be, keeping in mind the above goal.
Let's come to the collecting of the team members.
When you create the project, your username is automatically added to the space dedicated to team members.
To invite other team members to join the project, type their username, email address or phone number.
To confirm the invitation, click on "Invite ... by e-mail". The invited person will receive an email (or an SMS if you have specified the phone number) with an invitation to join the project. The person invited naturally, before joining the project, will have to create an account, if he has not already done it.
Who is invited to join the project, as we have just said, must first join the community, creating a new account: she is actually a member of the community as she can in turn create projects and participate in the challenges.
If you are a teacher, we suggest that you agree with your students on how to manage the team projects. You can act as a "mentor" and supervise the creation and management of the project from your account, or, once your students are invited to join the community, let them organize themselves independently in the team and create their own project: in this case the project that you created will remain "unfinished".
A user can invite all users she wants to participate in the project, however the maximum number of team members allowed is indicated by the guidelines of the challenge to which the project is enrolled: for example, for the International STEM Awards 2020, the team members registered to the project may be a maximum of three for all the challenges.
At this stage of the challenge, only the user who created the project can also modify it, so carefully evaluate with the other team members who can spend more time on this task.
You just have to insert one or more tags into the appropriate field to make your project easily searchable by other members of the community interested in the topics that your project conveys.
How to find the "best" tags? Try putting yourself in the shoes of a user who wants to search for a project that has the characteristics of yours and start wondering what keywords you would use for searching. You could start from the discipline most targeted by your project: physics, chemistry, computer science, etc. Then you could indicate the domain: energy, food, sustainability, climate change, etc. Finally indicate the problem or solution addressed by your project: waste, savings, increases, decreases, etc.
Of course, there are no "right" or "wrong" tags, but there is a set of tags that is more likely to be used by another user to search your project.
If you have any doubts regarding the creation of the project, remember that you can contact us for a clarification or for help through the button "Need help?" that you find floating at the right bottom of the browser page.