The SciChallenge contest is in its final phase at the moment, where the finalists projects are currently evaluated by an international jury. As the final numbers and data on the submissions show, the contest was well-received and the concept as well as the integration of social media obviously encouraged young people to participate.
In total, 438 projects were submitted for the SciChallenge contest. The total views of the submitted projects on Youtube and Slideshare is 4.030.752, the submitted projects were liked 21.087 times. The geographical distribution shows that projects that were submitted by participants from 28 countries. Most of the projects were submitted by participants coming from EU member states. When it comes to submitted projects per country, Slovenia is leading, followed by Turkey, Hungary and the other countries.
While the geographical distribution clearly shows a tendency to some countries, the distribution of age groups (10-14 and 15-20 years) is rather equal. This also holds true for the gender distribution of the participants, which is also relatively balanced: 56 % were female and 43 % were male (1 % didn’t reveal their gender). This shows that the SciChallenge competition was equally interesting for girls as well as for boys.
Regarding the media format, some preferences can be seen: 22% of the submissions were posters, 38% were presentations and 40% were videos. The highest number of projects were submitted as an Open STEM Topic, followed by the topic Clean Water, Health, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Robotics – while some topics such as Food transportation, High Frequency trading, Search engines were not represented at all.
More details on the submissions can be found in the public D5.3 Submission Summary Report: http://project.scichallenge.eu/project-structure/