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National Science Foundation Hosting the 2018 Community College Innovation Challenge

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For the fourth year in a row, the National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) are hosting the Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). The CCIC is a two-stage competition for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) community college students and faculty to create innovative solutions to real-world problems. Teams compete for cash awards and finalists earn full travel support, for both students and faculty, to attend an Innovation Boot Camp in Washington, D.C. This competition is a great way to create a deeper level of engagement and interaction between students and faculty mentors and an effective route to establishing productive relationships with the NSF and the AACC. Entry details are as follows:

  • Must include 3-5 students per team
  • Teams must have a faculty mentor (from your college)
  • Teams must have an industry partner (outside your college)
  • Entries must include a written portion and a 90-second video
  • Submit from Oct. 18, 2017, to Feb. 14, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Must attend Innovation Boot Camp, required for student finalists and their faculty mentor, in Alexandria, Virginia, June 11, 2018, to June 14, 2018

For a comprehensive look at the rules, purpose, and process involved in the CCIC and Finalist Innovation Boot Camp, please refer to the official 2018 CCIC Handbook (PDF) or the FAQ for more information.

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