Students & Faculty

AIST Foundation Real Steel Video Contest

►Contest Rules


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 “The Steel Industry — the Best Playground to Begin Your Engineering Career.” The video must include at least two of the following key components:

  • Interview(s) with recent engineering graduates who are employed in the steel industry, and applying what they learned in school.

  • Examples of creative engineering that is shaping the modern steel industry.

  • Unique or unusual steel engineering applications that are fun.

  • Advancements in steel that are beneficial for the environment.

Contestants are encouraged to interview steel industry personnel. A teacher/faculty member at the school must serve as the Faculty Sponsor for each entry. Faculty Sponsors may include this contest as part of their class curriculum, or as a separate activity for their students. One student on the team will serve as the Student Captain.

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.


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–31 October 2019
Deadline to Submit Entry Form ………31 October 2019
Deadline to Submit Video ……..………31 December 2019
Judging ……………………………..…...1 February–15 March 2020
Notification of Winners …………………1 April 2020

Please review the Contest's Official Rules before entering.

For answers to questions about this contest, please email Courtney Shaffer at the Association for Iron & Steel Technology or call +1.724.814.3096.