For Presenters Creating Videos

Important Announcement

The STEM for All Video Showcase is now at the end of its funding cycle. We are grateful to NSF for funding this effort from 2015 - 2023. We have now converted this Video Showcase to a static site in order to ensure that you will have continued access to all videos. You can still search the videos by presenter name, use multiple filters to find those that are of interest to you, and read the discussions that took place.

Please note that some of the information below may no longer apply, as the event is now closed. Videos from all Video Showcases (2015 - 2022) are accessible on the STEM for All Multiplex.

Important Information for Presenters 


Video Presentation Requirements

  • The video must be under three minutes (but can be shorter).
  • Closed captioning will be provided for all videos by the TERC organizers of this event.
  • It is strongly suggested that final movie files are kept under 400 MB, as this will make it much easier to upload it to the event website.  While you will be uploading the final video file to our event site, the file will actually reside on Vimeo and so their guidelines are our guidelines. Vimeo handles most video file types well, but for best possible conversion of your uploaded video, you can visit their video compression page for these guidlelines. 
  • The audio must be audible online.
  • In order to participate, a lead presenter must register for the event. Registration runs from January 25th - March 15th, 2016.
  • Co-presenters can be added during the submission process. All presentations must be submitted by 5 PM EDT, April 28th, 2016.
  • If you presented in last year's event, you can present again this year, but you must submit a new video.
  • Upon submission, videos will be reviewed to ensure they meet the above criteria.
  • We encourage videos to address this year's theme, Advancing STEM for All. Facilitators will use the Rubric below when selecting videos for Facilitators' Choice recognition.
  • See the Moviemaking Guide for additional suggestions and tips for making a video.

Audience for Your Video

  • Try to have your video tell a short narrative explaining an aspect of your project, the promise or impact on the field. Think about one or two take-away messages that you would like the viewers to remember.
  • Videos should be created with as little technical language and jargon as possible so that it is accessible to a broad public audience including researchers, school administrators, professional developers, policy makers, practitioners, graduate and other students, and the public at large.
  • Videos are more interesting when they are more than a static slide show or a "talking head.” Incorporating images or footage from your project work is very helpful.
  • To ensure that are videos are accessible, TERC organizers of this event will provide closed captioning for all videos. To facilitate this, your videos MUST be submitted by April 28, 5:00 PM.
  • To see videos from last year’s event, visit:

Discourse During the Event

  • Equally important as sharing your video is your participation in the discussions both related to your own presentation as well as to those of your colleagues. Discussions may provide probing questions, new resources, requests for collaboration, further information, feedback on use, compliments, and collegial critique.
  • We request that every presenter and co-presenter post to the discussion on at least four other presentations.

Recognition of videos by Public, Facilitator and Presenters’ Choice voting

During the event, facilitators, presenters, and public visitors will have the opportunity to vote for videos they would like to be recognized for their creativity and the use of video to share innovative work. All presentations selected for recognition will be announced and acknowledged on the website at the end of the event.

Why is there voting during the live showcase event?

  • Public Choice: The public is invited to select presentations that they feel are most meritorious through voting on Facebook (likes and shares), Twitter, and on the site itself. This has been a very effective mechanism in promoting large scale dissemination of the event, and of the cutting edge work of projects, to a large public audience. Last year, there were over 20,000 unique visitors to the site over the five days of the online showcase. We encourage you to reach out through your academic and social networks and invite colleagues and friends to view, vote, and join the discussion.
  • Presenters' Choice: Presenters are given an opportunity to recognize videos that they feel effectively convey the intervention, innovation, or research and who use video creatively to share their work. Presenters may vote for their own presentation, but they must vote for three others for their vote to count. All presenters must vote for four presentations in total.
  • Facilitators’ Choice: Each resource center has asked five facilitators from their respective communities to seed discussions and set a positive tone for constructive, collegial discourse. Groups of five facilitators are assigned to a group of approximately 10 presentations. Each facilitator group recognizes one presentation per group for recognition based on the following rubric:


    1. Creatively uses video to share work with a large public audience.
    2. Provides an effective narrative that conveys the intervention, innovation, or research.
    3. Shares the promise and/or impact of the work (depending on the stage of the project).
    4. Addresses this year's theme, Advancing STEM for All. Contributes insights about broadening participation and/or improving access to STEM and CS learning experiences.

Video submission and event information

Visit the Presenter FAQs for video submission information and additonal event information.