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Calling all afterschool tinkerers: High school inventors wanted!

By Ursula Helminski

2015 Bright Ideas Winner Ashley Chico, Invention: "Chico HealthCare Software."

We are proud to support Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth, a multi-state competition where students dream up the coolest inventions to make their own life, community or even the world more awesome and show how STEM—that's science, technology, engineering and math—can bring their ideas to life!

We know that STEM comes to life for many students in the out-of-school hours, at programs and internships where students put school day lessons into practice building robots, designing apps and researching solutions to community challenges.

The Bright Ideas contest gives youth a chance to see their ideas develop into reality. The competition is open to all public, private and parochial high school students or homeschooled students, ages 14 to 19, within any Bright House Networks service area (for markets, see Contest Rules).

Six finalists, one from each of Bright House Networks’ six service areas throughout the country, will travel to Orlando, Florida, where they will compete head-to-head on TV, in front of a studio audience. An expert panel of judges will select one winner.

The BIG winner will have the chance to work with a leading innovation firm—which could help this student’s (or team of students') dream or idea potentially be realized and fulfilled! During the following three months, the firm will develop a virtual prototype and business plan with the winner.

Your students have some time to develop their ideas—applications will be accepted until Monday, January 4, 2016.

While your students brainstorm their bright idea, look out for new data on what parents say about afterschool STEM—the first ever America After 3PM STEM special report is coming September 29!

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