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TikTok STEM Challenge


Are you TikTok famous? Do you want clout like Bill Nye the Science Guy? Then go viral with Southern Research STEM and use your creativity and science knowledge for a chance to win a prize for you and a classroom grant for your favorite science teacher!

Guidelines & Rubric


  • Each applicant(s) must create a video (max length 60 seconds) explaining or demonstrating a science concept.
  • To enter the contest, use #SouthernResearchSTEM when posting to TikTok, and fill out an application here.
  • Only one submission per person or group of people.
  • You must be an Alabama student in grades 6-12 to enter.
  • No dangerous activities or inappropriate language, audio, or gestures may be used. Submissions of inappropriate or dangerous content will be disqualified.
  • All submissions must have a teacher sponsor. Submissions must be approved by the teacher and that teacher must be listed on the application.
  • Submissions are due by 11:59 PM CST on April 23, 2021.
  • Engagement rate will be calculated on May 3, 2021 and winners announced on May 10, 2021.


  • 1/3 of your score will be calculated from your video’s engagement rate ([(Number of likes + number of comments + number of shares) / number of views] * 100%).
  • 1/3 of your score will be calculated by assessing the scientific accuracy of your video submission, and this will be determined by the Southern Research STEM team.
  • 1/3 of your score will be determined by your creativity, and this will be judged by the Southern Research STEM team.


Please send any questions to with the subject “TikTok STEM Challenge.”


How long can my video be?

TikTok requires all videos to be 60 seconds or less.


Does it matter which way my video is filmed?

No, but videos look better on TikTok when filmed in portrait (vertical) mode.


How can I get more views or likes on my video?

Using popular audio clips and hashtags will increase the likelihood that your video will get more views, and thus, more likes. Also, the sooner you post your video, the longer it will have to be viewed, liked, shared, and commented on before the deadline.


How is the engagement rate calculated?

It is the sum of the number of likes, comments, and shares divided by the number of views and multiplied by 100%. 


Do I have to have a TikTok account to participate?

Yes, you must post your video submission on your own TikTok account.


How do I enter the STEM Challenge?

Upload your video submission to your TikTok account and use #SouthernResearchSTEM to enter. You also must submit an application with your contact information here


Can teachers sponsor more than one submission?

Yes! We strongly encourage teachers to support as many students as possible in the TikTok STEM Challenge. Not only does it allow students to express their creativity, but it also gives them the opportunity to contribute to effective science communication in a fun way. Also, the more students a teacher sponsors, the greater their chance of winning a classroom grant!


Do I have to do a science experiment for my video?

No. The only requirement is that your video teaches a science concept. You can do that by drawing, acting it out, singing, dancing, doing a demonstration, or any other safe idea you can come up with!


Winners will receive:

    • 1st place: $500 student prize + $2,000 teacher classroom grant
    • 2nd place: $250 student prize + $1,000 teacher classroom grant
    • 3rd place: $100 student prize + $500 teacher classroom grant


*Group submissions will split the student prize evenly.