Getting started

Getting started

To help you prepare for the Griffith University STEM Mania competition, here are some important tips and tricks. 

Submitting Results

You will be uploading photos or video results for your challenges.

PHOTOS

Photos will be uploaded directly on the challenge page along with your name, email, school and year level. Don’t worry, this information will not be shared. When your photo appears in the gallery it will have your first name and city only. The other details are for us at Griffith to award you with your prize badge for that challenge. We want to ensure that the correct person is receiving the prize for their work. 

VIDEO

Some challenges require you to upload a video. We will be using YouTube for this. To do this:

  • Create a YouTube account 
  • Log into your account 
  • Select the upload button 
  • Drag and Drop or select file to upload 
  • Enter Description (First name and City) 
  • Set Privacy- we recommend visibility- unlisted (so other competitors can open your link and vote) 
  • Copy the link and submit in the form on the challenge web page 

Introducing our STEM Maniacs

We have created a special area for you to practice doing this now so you are ready for the first challenge that requires a video to be submitted for results. Remember, other competitors can see the videos you are making.

We encourage creativity while maintaining respect for all other people. This practice area is named “Introducing our STEM Maniacs!”

Challenge Superstars

Each week, you, the STEM Maniacs will vote for the Superstar entry of the week. The entry with the most votes will be featured on the Griffith University social media channels. We will contact the Superstar of the week to let them know before we feature their entry- so check your emails regularly. If there is a tie or if no one one votes, the Superstar will be selected at random. 

Badges 

For each challenge that you complete, we will be awarding you a digital badge. Collect all 10 badges and we will award you a certificate. 

Have any further questions? Please contact [email protected]

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102 comments

    1. Damian Harris
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      Damian Harris

      Thanks for getting engaged in Stem Mania, the YouTube account can be the parent’s or the student’s you simply provide the link (URL) to the video to submit for the various challenges that have a video component. You can also post the video as ‘unlisted’ if you like so it does not come up in YouTube searches.

      1. Lucy Kolyvas

        What is our first challenge. And where can I find the information about this first challenge?

        1. Griffith Sciences
          Griffith Sciences

          Hi Lucy,

          Read through “Getting started”
          Under the tab “STEM Mania Challenges”
          In “Introducing our STEM Maniacs”- Make a video introducing yourself to us and the other STEM Maniacs to practice uploading videos via YouTube
          Then you can also go into the “Griffith Green Thumbs” challenge and have a look at what you need to do to earn your Ecologist badge

      2. Taj Lonnie
        Taj Lonnie

        Thanks I think we have set up my you tube to do this, I have uploaded a video, where to I find the link code to share it on here? Can we also use messenger to send video’s by any chance?

        1. Griffith Sciences
          Griffith Sciences

          Hi Taj,
          We received your video, however the link does not work.
          Can you please have a look that your setting match those in the “getting started” section of the STEM Mania page and then send it to us again?
          Thank you

    1. Damian Harris
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      Damian Harris

      Hi Lana,
      You can name your YouTube account whatever you like! To create a YouTube account you only need an email address. Remember you can keep your video ‘unlisted’ so other people on YouTube will not find it.

    1. Damian Harris
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      Damian Harris

      Hi Rachel,

      Do not stress, this is just a practice so as you do know how to use YouTube. Also, your videos will not go live to everyone when you post it, the STEM Mania team will receive it first and watch it before we put it up on the web page. If you upload a video and then decide you do not like it, or want to upload a different one, that is ok. Just email us on this email account.

      We are about to make a post about how to make a YouTube channel and share it with everyone on the STEM Mania- Getting started message board.

      Please let us know if we can help out any further.

  1. James wilson

    One problem… I all ready have a youtube channel under Jam Cartoons and i don’t want to change the name

    1. Damian Harris
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      Damian Harris

      Under the tab “STEM Mania Challenges” there are currently 3 things you needs to do.
      Read through “Getting started”
      In “Introducing our STEM Maniacs”- Make a video introducing yourself to us and the other STEM Maniacs to practice uploading videos
      In “Griffith Green Thumbs” plant your seeds when they arrive and take o photo doing it. Upload this photo- we will ask the STEM Maniacs (you and the other students) to vote on a winning photo each week.
      Under the “Griffith Green thumbs” you will see a number of photos with “New Challenge” “Open” and a date. These challenges will open on that date and you have one week to finish it and upload your results.

    1. Damian Harris
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      Damian Harris

      “Introducing our STEM Maniacs” and “Griffith Green Thumbs” will not close. They will stay open for people to upload their videos and photos.
      The other challenges that you can see under the tab “STEM Mania Challenges” will open and close on the dates published. They are currently listed as “New Challenge”.

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Ella,
      Quite a few require video results- you are welcome to do the challenge and not submit results that week.
      You can submit your video results if you want to.
      You can email a compressed video to [email protected] with the challenge name, your name and your suburb and we can post the video for you.

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Nyakeh,
      Read through “Getting started”
      Under the tab “STEM Mania Challenges”
      In “Introducing our STEM Maniacs”- Make a video introducing yourself to us and the other STEM Maniacs to practice uploading videos via YouTube
      Then you can also go into the “Griffith Green Thumbs” challenge and have a look at what you need to do to earn your Ecologist badge

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Daniel,
      Thanks for the message.

      When we open the “new challenge” in “STEM Mania Challenges” as you complete the challenge you will earn a badge for your profile. Can you see all the badges waiting to be collected in your profile?

      Right now, we are getting everyone signed up and giving you some time to find your way around the web page, do an introduction video (have you watched any? We have some very interesting STEM Maniacs!) and plant your seed for the Green Thumbs challenge.

  2. Michaela Reid
    Michaela Reid

    Hello Griffith University, I already have a channel called UniMik so do I just make a unlisted playlist for this STEM challenge? Also how do we film the video explaining who we are on YouTube?

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Michaela,
      Yes, it is ok to use your existing channel.
      You will need to film on a camera (computer, phone, tablet, etc) and then follow the steps in “Getting started” to put that video on your YouTube. You then share the link to the video with us and we put it on the web page for others to see.

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Evanie,
      Yes. It is ok not to do it. We just wanted to give people practice uploading videos because you will need to upload videos in the upcoming challenges if you want to earn your badges.
      You can do the challenges and not upload videos- it just means you won’t get the badge for that challenge.

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Anika,
      The first 300 people who signed up to STEM Mania had a free packet of seeds posted to them. They are waiting for those seeds to arrive.
      If you were not one of the first 300, then you do not have to wait.

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Hugh,
      Vimeo is like YouTube but is used by professionals (think music videos for recording artists).
      You can Google Vimeo, have a look, and then discuss with your parents if it is something you can use.

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Daniel,
      Read through “Getting started”
      Under the tab “STEM Mania Challenges” in “Introducing our STEM Maniacs”- Make a video introducing yourself to us and the other STEM Maniacs to practice uploading videos via YouTube
      Then you can also go into the “Griffith Green Thumbs” challenge and have a look at what you need to do to earn your Ecologist badge
      Then you can have a look at the Urban wildlife challenge to see what you need to do to earn your Wildlife Biologist badge

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Lune,
      In Getting Started, it explains to you how to make a YouTube account. You will need a YouTube account to upload your results in later challenges.
      If you go to “STEM Mania Challenges” you will see a tile titled “Introducing our STEM Maniacs”.
      Click this tile, in here, there is an opportunity for you to practice making YouTube videos.
      You will be able to see other STEM Maniacs videos as examples of what they have done.
      There are two challenges open at the moment “Griffith Green Thumbs” and “Urbanisation of Wildlife Photography”. If you click in on each of these tiles individually you will be able to see what needs to be completed to achieve your badges. You can find your badges in “Profile”.

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Zac,
      On our Griffith University STEM Mania page, you will see up the top, on the grey bar “STEM Mania Challenges”. Click on this and it will take you to all our open challenges. Have fun!

  3. Caitlyn Blade

    Hello!
    My tab named ‘STEM Mania Challenges’ has disappeared. The only two tabs are ‘contact us’ and ‘getting started’.

  4. Rachel Crowther
    Rachel Crowther

    Is 3 photos the minimum, or maximum amount of photos? I’m running out of time and I’m quite busy this weekend. Do we still get the badges when we try our hardest at the challenges?

  5. Grace Taylor
    Grace Taylor

    Umm I’ve made a YouTube account called grace Taylor which is my full name but how do you guys see it?ive read it all just not found any answer to that question.

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Grace,
      When you fill in the form on the STEM Mania challenge page to submit your results, there is a box that asks for the URL to your YouTube video (that you can just cut and paste from YouTube to our form).
      We then click on the link and it takes us directly to your video on your YouTube page.

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Rachel,
      The Wildlife biology badges were emailed out last week for those STEM Maniacs who completed that challenge.
      We will be sending out the Sound wave challenge (Physicist) badge this week and then the Absurd Machine (Mechanical Engineer) badge the week after to those who submitted results to those challenges.
      Let us know if you don’t receive your emails.

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Shyla,
      Welcome to STEM Mania!
      Have a read through “Getting started” on our STEM Mania Page
      Under the tab “STEM Mania Challenges” in “Introducing our STEM Maniacs”- Make a video introducing yourself to us and the other STEM Maniacs to practice uploading videos via YouTube
      Then you can also go into the “Griffith Green Thumbs” challenge and have a look at what you need to do to earn your Ecologist badge. Keep an eye out each week for new challenges.

  6. MJ

    I can,t remember my password and when I did the password reset the link in the email didn’t work.

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Jaideep,
      Go to the STEM Mania page here at this link https://stem.griffith.edu.au/
      You will need to be logged in to see the Challenges.
      Once you log in, you will see the STEM MANIA CHALLENGES link on the top grey bar.
      Click on this and it will take you to the CHALLENGES page.
      Scroll down and you will see a tile for each challenge.
      We currently have open the “Introducing our STEM Maniacs”, “Griffith Green Thumbs” and our latest challenge… the Aeronautic Challenge! Good Luck!

    1. Griffith Sciences
      Griffith Sciences

      Hi Jaideep,
      No you don’t, we understand that some of our STEM Maniacs will not be able to complete all the Challenges. We have a new one starting today, the Laboratory Challenge. We look forward to your contribution!

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