How It Works

JUMP into STEM is an online crowdsourcing platform focused on engaging university and college students in building technology related challenges.

1. Register

To enter and participate in JUMP into STEM, you must have an IdeaScale account, visit and create an account using your university or college email address. To be eligible for awards, idea submitters must be able to verify they are a current student, 18 years of age or older, and a legal resident of the U.S. Also review the HERE/BTMSIP application and NREL BTI application criteria.

2. Form a Team

University and college students may participate individually or in teams. During the challenge judging review process, the JUMP team and DOE will pay particular attention to consideration of teaming criteria that includes team diversity requirements:

  • Representation by more than two or more academic departments
  • Representation by women and/or minority students
  • Demonstrated contributions by all team members

Idea submitters should also review the HERE/BTMSIP application and NREL BTI application criteria to ensure eligibility for competing in the Final Event.

3. Review Challenges and Submit Ideas

During the 2018-19 student calendar year, JUMP into STEM will open at least three Challenges for students to compete for awards. Visit Current Challenges to consider the specific questions and review criteria called for.

4. Participate in Webinar Seminars

Each Challenge will include a webinar series by industry experts, designed to foster ideation and consideration of new solutions. Participate live or review recorded sessions. This is your opportunity to ask clarifying questions about open Challenges. You can find the registration links within each associated JUMP into STEM Challenge topic.

5. Participate in the Discussions

Check out, comment and vote on other JUMP into STEM community ideas. This dialogue helps inform ideas and innovation challenges. The leading number of votes or comments does not guarantee advancement, but is one indicator for considering ideas.

The Challenge Judging Process

After the JUMP into STEM Challenges close, the Judging Process begins:
  • Idea submissions are reviewed by a panel of 3 or more judges. Judging panels are balanced with representatives from the private sector, US DOE, national labs, and academia.
  • Finalist Awards will be based on the idea’s potential impact on reducing energy consumption in buildings as well as a review of how unique, innovative, well-articulated and thoughtful the idea submission is.
  • Idea submissions will also be evaluated for team diversity and team member contributions.

Challenge Winners Selected for the Final Event

  • Winners selected for each JUMP into STEM, if eligible, will be invited to participate in a JUMP into STEM Final Event to compete for a 2019 paid summer internship at ORNL or NREL.
  • Additionally, eligible winners of each Challenge may be invited to collaborate on a JUMP into STEM webinar to present on their idea, and considered for future R&D collaboration.
  • Selected winners should review the HERE/BTMSIP application and NREL BTI application criteria and initiate their application.