Students & Faculty

AIST Foundation "Real Steel" Video Challenge

The winner of the 2017 Real Steel Video Challenge has been chosen!


The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation provides scholarships and grants to university engineering students and their instructors to encourage interest in the steel industry. The current image of the industry as perceived by young people and educators greatly impacts the progress of these programs. The Foundation’s University-Industry Relations Roundtable (UIRR) recognizes the need to market the iron and steel industry to young people in a manner that is appealing and informative.

Contest Overview

The goal of this contest is to challenge students to research the steel industry and produce a three-minute original video that educates viewers on advanced technologies in steelmaking.  The video should include the following key components:

  1. Identify some of the advanced technologies in steelmaking and the important role that they have played in improving the production, processing and application of iron & steel.

  2. Mention at least two major steel companies and how they have developed and/or implemented advanced technologies in their process. (on camera interviews are encouraged).

  3. Explain how advanced technology has enabled a cleaner, brighter future for the steel industry and consumers (for example: new steels that make vehicles lighter and more energy efficient, high-tech careers in the industry, safer work environments, etc.).

Eligibility Requirements

The contest is open to all high school students (grades 9–12), post-secondary trade/technical school students, and college and university students. There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted from students at a school.

Selection Process

The UIRR will form a special contest committee, which will evaluate the videos based on the integration of key elements identified in the Contest Overview section above.


A total of up to five (5) prizes of $1,000, and one (1) prize of US$3,000 for the overall best video, may be awarded. Prizes are issued in a single check and should be divided among project team members.

Contest Timeline

Call for Entries:  1 August 2016 – 31 October 2016
Deadline to Submit Entry Form: 31 October 2016
Deadline to Submit Video:  31 December 2016
Judging: 1 February 2017–15 March 2017
Notification of Winners: 1 April 2017

Submission Requirements

In order for a contest submission to be eligible, the Faculty Sponsor or Student Captain must review and submit the completed 2017 Official Entry Form & Contest Rules via email by 31 October 2016.

Videos must be postmarked by 5 p.m. EST on 31 December 2016. Any entries postmarked after the deadline will not be included in the competition. Disks submitted must be labeled with the complete school name, title of video, student captain’s name, student captain’s email address and length of video. The final product should be a single video file that plays when opened using Windows Media Player (it should not contain a DVD title page with a “Click here to play,” message, etc.). Disks should be mailed to:
Chris McKelvey
186 Thorn Hill Rd.
Warrendale, PA 15086 USA


A Directory of AIST Member Chapters is provided in this material, detailing technical experts in the steel industry who will serve as a resource to schools that are creating video(s). It is recommended that the video should be viewed by an AIST member (listed in the directory on page 5) for accuracy in its depiction of the steel industry prior to submission.

AIST is also providing photos from member companies in a free online library for you to get started in the production of videos for this contest. The photos have received appropriate permission/release for use in this contest. You may find other images on the Internet.
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DVD Format

All video files should be submitted on a CD or DVD.
Aspect ratio should be 16:9.
Resolution should be at least 1280 x 720 pixels.
Format should be Compressed Windows Media File.

Other Conditions

AIST is not liable for any injuries, broken equipment, or materials and services purchased and/or used by the participants during video production. Participant assumes all responsibility for damages, injuries and cost. AIST reserves the right to broadcast entries once submitted. Forms of broadcast include, but are not limited to, streaming on the AIST and Material Advantage websites, YouTube or similar sites. By submitting a video, the participants grant all rights, title and interest to AIST in broadcasting, but still maintain ownership of the video concept. AIST is not responsible for copyright errors made in the videos.

For answers to questions about this contest, please email Chris McKelvey at the Association for Iron & Steel Technology: or call +1.724.814.3076.