Step up to the #STEMchallenge: Show Us Your Best Science Lessons

Create a STEM Lesson Flow aligned with NGSS for a chance to win a $2,000 Amazon gift card!

We’re excited to announce our first #STEMchallenge, a call to innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educators everywhere to create and share their most inspiring and awesome Lesson Flows.

Thanks to the Carnegie Foundation, the educator with the best Lesson Flow will win both fame and fortune: a whopping $2,000 grand prize and promotion on the Graphite blog, Twitter, and newsletter.

Every Lesson Flow will be evaluated by our panel of expert judges who will be looking for high-quality, creative, and innovative lessons that showcase edtech and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This means lessons that get students doing real science — letting inquiry drive deep conceptual learning experiences, making and interpreting models, and experimenting. STEAM approaches integrating art and design are encouraged!

Submission Guidelines


  • Begins Sept. 22, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST and ends Oct. 19, 2015 at midnight PST
How to Enter:
  • Sign up for a free Graphite account
  • Create a Lesson Flow
    • Include “#STEMchallenge” somewhere in the summary
    • Include at least one tech tool that’s on Graphite
    • Align the lesson to at least one NGSS standard and tag it using the Lesson Flow tool
  • Optional: Tweet “I’ve entered my chance to win the @Graphite #STEMchallenge contest” with a link to your Lesson Flow.

There’s no limit on how many Lesson Flows you can enter, but only one grand prize will be awarded. Existing Lesson Flows will be accepted, but they must meet the requirements (e.g., you’ll need to go back into the Lesson Flow and align to NGSS standards). It’s recommended, but not required, that you create a new Lesson Flow specific to this challenge.

  • $2,000 Amazon gift card
  • Winner will be announced on Oct. 26, 2015 on the Graphite blog


Graphite Certified Educator Mentors

  • Stephanie Elder, National Board Certified Teacher and Science & Technology Instructional Specialist at Flint Community Schools
  • Barbara Huth, National Board Certified Science Teacher at Mooresville High School
  • Denis Kogan, Science Coach for District 75 (NYCDOE) and 2014 Math for America Master Science Teacher
  • Darlene Painter, Digital Learning Coach and Robotics and ASB Advisor at Vista Innovation & Design Academy
Graphite Expert Reviewer
  • Emily Pohlonski, National Board Certified Science Teacher at Novi Community Schools and 2015 Michigan Educator Voice Fellow

Helpful Resources

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Void where prohibited.

Promotion open to any individuals of legal age of majority (where they reside) at the time of entry, excluding employees of app/game/website developers referenced in the Lesson Flow submitted.

You may enter by (1) Creating an account on Common Sense Graphite, (2) Writing an original Lesson Flow with a STEM focus, including #STEMchallenge in the summary, and (3) (optional) tweet “I’ve entered my chance to win the @Graphite #STEMchallenge contest” with a link to your Lesson Flow.

Entries may be submitted from 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on September 22, 2015 until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on October 19, 2015.

There is one (1) grand prize available to be won (the “Prize”), which is a one (1) Two Thousand Dollar (USD $2,000) electronic gift card to The total approximate retail value of the Prize is USD $2,000.  Please note that the gift card awarded will be in United States Dollars, regardless of where the winner resides. The Lesson Flows  will be judged by both employees of Common Sense Graphite and other independent judge(s) on the basis of quality, creativity, and pedagogy as well as adherence to the challenge requirements.

This Promotion is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of the winners.

The Promotion is sponsored by Common Sense Graphite. (the “Sponsor”), located at 650 Townsend Street, Suite 435, San Francisco, CA 94103.

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