The Germ Challenge

Do you know what a germ is? The difference between bad germs and good germs? How to prevent the spread of germs?

Are you able to explain these concepts to a group of 5th-graders in a way they’ll want to listen?

Do you like to create videos?

Are you between the ages of 13 and 18 years old?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, then be sure to enter The Germ Challenge!

Originating at The Cambridge Science Festival, this year the Nebraska Science Festival is challenging 13- to 18-year-olds to create a video, 30 seconds long, that explains what a germ is to a 5th-grade audience.


The winning video will be shown at the 2015 Nebraska Science Festival (at the keynote presentation and on the festival website).


All videos must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 13- to 18-year-old
  • Video must be 30 seconds long
  • In your video, explain what a germ is to a 5th-grade audience.

How they'll be judged

Entries must be accurate, thorough, creative, engaging and fun! All entries will be reviewed by the festival board then judged by the public.

Full Contest Rules:

  • All entrants must live in the state of Nebraska.
  • All entrants must be between 13-18 years of age by March 1, 2015.
  • Entry must be on video.
  • Video must be no longer than 30 seconds in duration.
  • Video must be uploaded no later than March 1, 2015.
  • Video must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Video must not infringe on any third party rights or intellectual property of any person, company, or organization. By submitting a video to this contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify the Nebraska Science Festival for any claim, demand, judgment, or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright, or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final. Families of the festival advisory board of directors are not eligible for this contest.
  • All entries become the property of the Nebraska Science Festival.
  • The winner and all other participants will be notified via e-mail by April 1.
  • The winner is responsible to provide their mailing address and other necessary information under the law in order to receive any prize. Contest winner agrees to allow the Nebraska Science Festival to post their name(s) on any of the festivals affiliated websites and press materials. The winning video may be posted in their entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the creators. Winner will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.
  • Winning video will be broadcast at the festival keynote event on April 10.