National STEM League: Innovators-in-Training

National STEM League: Innovators-in-Training: STEM Innovation winners

Click the image above to watch their pitch submission.

Innovation Takes Practice. Let’s Get Started.

The Innovators-in-Training Challenge invites middle and high school students to evaluate different communities, identify a problem or opportunity and develop an innovative project plan to solve the problem or take advantage of the opportunity.

All 2016 Ten80 STEM Innovators-in-Training participants are entered into the Challenge at no cost.  Registered National STEM League (NSL) teams are also eligible to enter into the pitch phase or for a small registration fee, can enter into all phases.  NSL teams can also submit their innovations under the Data-Driven Design category of the Student Racing and Rover Challenges.

Innovation takes inspiration and discipline, something most teams can deliver if those teams include people with a broad range of interests, skills and relationships. It is a process that you can learn. Innovation takes practice. So let’s get started!

Download the Innovators-in-Training Flyer.

Free to all STEM Innovators-in-Training Tour Participants

All students who participate in one of the Ten80 STEM “Innovators” Experiences are invited to enter this Challenge at no cost.  Fall 2016 stops include:

  • St. Louis, MO
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Denver, CO
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Houston, TX
  • Miami, FL

Click here for more info on the events and to register.

Curriculum Overview

Ten80’s Enterprise & Innovation curriculum helps students and educators through each phase and includes sections on evidence-based enterprise, business modeling, project management, marketing & public relations and community leadership.

Who Can Enter (Eligibility)

Pitch Phase 1: At least one team member meets at least one of the following criteria.

  • Participant in a Ten80 STEM “Innovators” Experience,
  • Part of a current Student STEM Challenge camp, course or club
  • Part of a registered National STEM League team
  • Formally invited by Ten80 or Ten80 partner/sponsor

Phases 2-3: Registered National STEM League teams (small entry fee).

How to Submit

Click here to download resources and upload submissions.

The password is emailed to all lead chaperones from schools and organizations that participate in a Ten80 STEM “Innovators” Experience.  If you do not have a login but are eligible to participate, contact Ten80.

Challenge Phases & Timeline

Students submit videos and documents online.  Winners of each phase are announced as judging is completed for that phase.  A team may enter into one or all phases with the submissions described below.

A prize of $500 per team member, up to $2,000 per team is awarded for each phase, a total of $6000, if the minimum score is met.

2016-17 DEADLINE
1 PITCH Video of a 30-second elevator pitch can be submitted in the Fall and/or Spring series. Jan. 15, 2017

April 29, 2017


Presentation of a preliminary project plan and business model April 29, 2017
3  PROTOTYPE Prototype and evaluation of its performance and viability in the financial markets or marketplace of ideas. May 6, 2017