The Science Rising Challenge is a fun and engaging way to participate in our democracy and make a difference in the 2020 election.
Anybody can take the challenge, but it is especially important for students and faculty in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In 2020, STEM students and faculty are mobilizing in record numbers to vote and change the fact that STEM majors have historically voted at lower rates than students in any other field of study.
As a community of students, scientists, and science advocates, it’s our responsibility to join this effort and RISE up to fight for science, justice, and equity in our democracy. Whether you’re new to civic engagement or a seasoned activist, this challenge is for you.
To complete the challenge, you must first:
- Ensure that you’re registered to vote if eligible
- Have a plan in place to vote, either in person or by mail or absentee ballot
Then complete any ONE of the following activities:
- Bring democracy into the (virtual) classroom
- Train your brain: Take an online skills training
- Triple the science vote: Support three friends
- Organize an online activity or event
- Elevate your voice: Write an op-ed
- Engage with a candidate or policymaker
Note that you must have completed the activity after learning about the Science Rising Challenge. And remember, even if you aren’t eligible to vote, you can still meaningfully participate in our democracy and complete the Science Rising Challenge.
Whether it’s educating your peers, inspiring others, or completing any one of the challenges above, there are many ways for you to have an impact. If you need help funding your events or activities, you can apply to the Science Rising Challenge Fund for up to $1000.
Once you’ve completed the challenge
Let us know! We’ll send you a special Science Rising Challenge button to recognize your accomplishment and your participation in our democracy. You’ll also be entered into a raffle to win one free registration for 2020 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference, October 22 – 24, in Long Beach, California.
You can also inspire others to take the challenge by sharing your achievement with your friends and family or posting this Science Rising Challenge flyer where others will see it.
About the Science Rising Challenge
The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the Union of Concerned Scientists are the lead organizing partners for the Science Rising Challenge. For more information or questions about the challenge, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.