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February 15, 2017 (Submission Deadline)
2016-2017 Community College Innovation Challenge

Date: Submission window: Oct. 17, 2016, to midnight EST, Feb. 15, 2017
Community College Innovation Challenge
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230 USA
Email: [email protected]

Are you a community college student who has a novel idea that uses science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)? The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) present the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) that asks student teams to innovate a STEM-based solution to a real-world problem. Teams will submit projects in one of three themes: Maker to Manufacturer, Energy and Environment, and Security Technologies. Form your team with a faculty mentor and community and/or industry partner to enter. An entry consists of a written portion and a 90-second video. Visit the Promotional Toolkit, where you can download posters, postcards and more.


To see if CCIC is right for you, please thoroughly review the downloadable Participants' Guide before attempting to submit an entry. There you can find important information on what a complete entry looks like in the Entry Guidelines section; find resources and theme details in the Themes section; and learn how, where, and when to submit your entry, how it will be judged, and specifics on the Innovation Boot Camp in the Process and Prizes section. Be sure to review the Rules section, where you can find out if you're eligible and review some FAQs.

Forming a Dream Team

Once you have reviewed all of the sections in the Participants' Guide, you can get some helpful tips on Getting Started and find out what roles your Faculty Mentor and Community/Industry Partner will play on your team.

Required Innovation Boot Camp for finalists in Arlington, Va.: June 12, 2017, to June 15, 2017.

March 01 2017 (Deadline: at 11:59 PM PST (Midnight)
Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH)


The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is a free of cost, STEM-intensive college preparatory program for underrepresented high school students of color. SMASH boasts a rigorous 5-week, 3-year summer, fully residential STEM enrichment program which provides access to STEM coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks of students of color.

Where is SMASH?

SMASH Academy was founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. Since then, it has expanded across the Bay Area to Stanford University and into Southern California at UCLA. The newest California location opened 2016 at the University of California, Davis. In 2017, SMASH will be offered at the first out-of-state university site, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Please review the eligibility requirements on the website before applying.

The application deadline is March 1, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.

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