Science Fiction

Science Fiction icon for STEM Expo

Please note: Although the category descriptions are now updated, we are still working on the Rubrics for STEM Expo 5  (March 7, 2015) - these should be updated soon!

Definition:

Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less
plausible (or at least non-supernatural) content such as future settings, futuristic
science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities. Exploring 
the consequences of scientific innovations is one purpose of science fiction, making
it a "literature of ideas"

Submitting a Science Fiction Entry

You must submit your entry via email to scifi@stemexpo.org at least three days, but preferably a week in advance. Don't hesitate to contact us for help!

When you submit, you should be sure to include your name in the email so we can be sure to match it up with your registration. PDF format is preferred, but we can handle just about any electronic document format. If it's really obscure, we'll follow up with you!  By the way, if you haven't registered, you'll want to make sure to do that too (http://www.stemexpo.org/IntentToParticipate).

Pertinent Information and Definitions

Presentation

As in all categories, the general requirements must be followed for this category as well, including some form of display for the day of the event. This display may include:

  • Description of the entry (an outline, a storyboard, etc. as appropriate).
  • References to supporting or similar works
  • A copy of the actual story/entry (Note that your electronic entry will not be printed or delivered to your exhibit space)

Media and Format

This category includes presentations in the form of stories, graphic novels, comic books, plays, videos, etc.

  • There is no minimum or maximum length for any entry, but the quality of the entry should be “grade level appropriate”
  • An electronic version of the primary entry (not the display) should be submitted no later than three days prior to the STEM Expo event. If an entry is over 10 pages (10 minutes if in Audio or Video format) then the deadline is 7 days prior.
  • Illustrations for written stories, and vice versa are appreciated, and collaborative efforts for those types of entries are welcomed.

Definition of “willful suspension of disbelief”

  • This phrase describes a reader’s ability to accept what they know to be untrue (or not yet proven) to be real for the duration of the story.

Entry, Review, and Judging

An entry in this category will be reviewed and judged on the following:

  • General requirements and judging points
  • General standards for the media chosen (e.g. well written for stories, good production values for A/V items)
  • Use of creative ideas and imagination is important to the storyline of the entry

Additional items which will affect the review and judging conclusions

  • Alternative thought process or physical rules are clearly expressed (but not necessarily described in detail)
  • Alternative rules are consistent through the story
  • Willful suspension of disbelief effort is almost negligible

Rubric

Please review the judging rubric for this category for other items that may be considered.