October 26th, 2020

STEAMIFY Competition Deadline is Approaching

Registration deadline: Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET

The South Carolina Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with AARP and Augusta University, is sponsoring a virtual engineering and artistic design-based problem solving competition called STEAMIFY.

Students will tackle real-world problems relevant to their community where they are able to design, build, test a prototype to the solution and pitch their innovation as a team. Using areas of computer science, engineering, visual arts, and spoken word, scenarios are created for students to problem solve and dialogue to use critical thinking skills and their leadership.

“How can you contribute towards making your community livable for all?” 


  • For Computer Science: Students will identify a need in their community that has been impacted by COVID-19. Discuss and create how they would create a mobile or web app that assists, improves, enhances or informs a targeted audience about the availability of services.
  • For Engineering: Students will redesign their classroom to maximize connectivity while social distancing. Students will design and discuss how that would look.
  • For Visual Arts: Students will use their choice of media and design to create one or two pieces of art work that showcases the COVID-19 impact on their life and imagine how their community could apply lessons learned from COVID-19 to become more connected.
  • For Spoken Word: Students are asked to consider the impact of COVID-19 or how the impact of social justice has made on their family and community, lesson learned, and how they propose changing their life and the lives of others in the community. Students will design, create and perform a spoken word piece that chronicles 2020 and how it can lead to positive outcomes and results.

Read more under “Events & Guidelines” on this page.

Who Should Participate

Afterschool programs, schools (public/private), scout clubs, houses of faith, parks and recreation centers, homeschools, and others are invited to participate.

Teams of 2 – 7 students

4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th graders

There is a $10 fee for each event.

For financial support, send your request to steamify@scafterschool.com.

Source: The Hub.