47th AMLE Annual Conference

National Harbor, MD • November 12–14, 2020

Middle Level Innovation Challenge

Middle grades educators are passionate professionals with amazing ideas. But we don't always have the resources we need to implement our great ideas. What would you do with $2,500 to improve your classroom? Submit your idea in a 2-minute video and the top 3 finalists will be invited to deliver a 5-minute pitch "shark-tank style" at the AMLE Annual Conference.

Submit a Video

Once the deadline for submissions closes, you and your middle level colleagues will have the opportunity to vote on your favorite pitch. Each pitch’s voting tally will account for 25% of its weighted ranking, along with the scoring rubrics completed by our expert committee. So check back in June and follow @AMLE on Twitter to make sure you cast your vote!

Finalists will receive one complimentary registration to #AMLE20 and winners will receive:

  • First place—$2,500
  • Second place—$500
  • Third place—$500

Contest Dates:

  • March 30-June 15: #AMLE20 Innovation Challenge is open for submissions
  • June 16-July 15: Submission will be open for voting
  • July 31: Finalists will be notified
  • November 12: Finalists pitch to AMLE sharks at #AMLE20 in National Harbor, MD

Additional information:

#AMLE19 Middle Level Innovation Challenge Finalist

Check out last year’s finalists for inspiration.

Amy Allison AMLE Innovation Pitch

Indian Creek Intermediate School - STEAM Museum Family Night

Integrating Science Through STEM Career Exposure

Top Tips for Video

  1. Video quality
    Please upload the highest resolution video possible to YouTube and use that link in your submission.
  2. Use plenty of light
    If you do not have access to additional lights, try shooting the video in an area with plenty of natural lighting.
  3. Keep the camera steady
    If your video is shaky, try using a selfie stick or tripod.
  4. Use the right camera
    If you’re using a phone to record your video, use the camera on the back of your phone, which shoots higher quality on most phones.
  5. Audio is key
    If your audio is hard to hear, either stand closer to the camera or try using an external microphone.

What You Need to Enter

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. School/University
  4. Email
  5. YouTube Link
  6. Short Description