ASF Art of Science Contest

The Atlanta Science Festival in partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the Museum of Design Atlanta invite you to participate in an ‘art of science’ art contest. Winners will receive prize packs from the Festival. Winners and honorable mentions will see their work displayed in interesting spots around Atlanta.

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  • The contest is open to all K-12 students in Georgia 18 years old and younger.
  • All entries must be original and unpublished work. Entries must be the contestant’s own work.
  • Contestants may only provide one entry submission (it may include more than one view of the artwork).
  • Submissions close on March 20, 2021. See below for submission details.

Entry Categories

  1. 2D Works of Art - Photographs, drawings, paintings, gifs, animations
  2. 3D Works of Art - Sculpture, 3D mixed media creations
  3. Video Game Design
    • Individual views created using Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch (, and similar platforms
    • Storyboards of game ideas
    • Actual screenshots videos from homemade video games (under 30 sec)

Only digital images (scans/photographs) or videos of artwork will be accepted.

The subject of the artwork submission or the technique used to create it should reflect a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics topic. This includes but is not limited to chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, nanotechnology, computer science, material science, discovery, innovation, and building/manufacturing techniques. *Nude or suggestive artwork or artwork that depicts unclothed anatomy will not be accepted. Also, artwork must not display (1) racial or ethnic slurs, (2) hate speech, (3) gang affiliations or (4) vulgar, obscene, subversive, sexually explicit or implicit language or images.

Each entry must include a brief description of the STEM topic represented by the artwork. The description does not have to be lengthy, but it must show that the artist understands the concept.

Examples of Each Category of Artwork

Category Artwork and Explanation
2D Works

2D example

Title: Mini-LED string lights photographed through diffraction special effects glasses

Explanation: The image on the left is the artwork. The image on the right helps explain how the artwork was created. Diffraction occurs when waves (including light) bend slightly around an edge. Diffraction glasses are designed by optical engineers to use diffraction to create patterns - such as these snowflakes - from very small light sources. In this case, the lights are a string of miniature light emitting diodes. Each is about 2 millimeters long and 1 millimeter wide. The glasses are sold for a few dollars around the holidays.

3D Works

3D example 1

Title: Wearable 3D structure with LED lights

Explanation: This is a wearable fashion accessory. The LED Lights on the wearable are programmed to react to sound, pulsing with loud noises.

3D Works

3D example 2

Title: Balancing Legos

Explanation: The entire sculpture is balancing on the column of single, round Lego pieces. That means that the center of gravity is directly over this column. There is no excess mass at the front of the back or at either side. The Lego pieces below and the shadows show that there are no tricks. The sculpture is balancing.

Video Game Design

example will be added soon


Judging Criteria

Artworks will be graded under two categories.

  1. Aesthetics
    Aesthetics considers the artistic interpretation of the artwork and can include the composition, craft, and skill in which the artwork was created.

  2. Concept
    Concept considers how well a STEM topic is conveyed through the piece, or an interesting way STEM has been used to create the artwork.

Judging will be limited to the conception and composition of each submission. The resolution (ppi) of the photograph of the entry (even of the photography entries) will not be considered unless it has rendered the artwork unviewable. This will ensure that no one has an advantage based on access to higher quality photographic equipment or access to skilled adults providing assistance. Winners and honorable mentions may need to submit original artworks later so that they can be professionally photographed. (Winners will receive a digital copy of the professional photographs, and they will receive their original artwork back.)

Entries will be judged by a panel made up of members of the Georgia Tech science and art community and members of the greater Atlanta arts community including

  • Blaire Bosley - Museum of Design Atlanta Educator
  • Jack Wood, Senior Research Scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Researchers from the Institute of People and Technology
  • Laura Moody – Co-founder, Purpose Possible
  • Nasim Fluker – Co-founder / Principle at ThrdSpace
  • Delton Moore - Architect
  • Ansley Whipple - Woodruff Park Project Manager
  • Fredalyn Frasier - Project Director, Planning and Urban Design

Artwork will be judged in divisions of age.

  • 7 years old and under
  • 8-10 years old
  • 11-13 years old
  • 14-18 years old


  • Submissions are open until - March 20, 2021
  • Judging - March 20 - March 27, 2021
  • Announcement of Winners – March 27, 2021


  • There will be one Aesthetic and one Concept winner from each submission category and age group. 24 winners in all.
  • Winners will receive a prize package at the discretion of the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and images of their artwork will be displayed in some prominent Atlanta locations.


Submissions must include:

  1. The artwork.
    • Submissions must be in the form of a digital photograph, a scanned image, or a video. A photograph or a video of 3D artwork must be submitted
    • This might include more than one file to be able to explain the artwork completely. (In the case of a sculpture, there might be 2 or three views or a video.)
  2. 50-200 word explanation of your artwork describing the STEM idea represented by the artwork or used to create the artwork.
  3. If your work is chosen as a winner, you will be required to sign or have your parent or guardian sign an artwork release form to allow for publication. You will be notified that you are being considered for award and the release must be signed before the announcement on March 27 to win.

Submission File Types

  • Preferred image file types are:.Jpeg .png .pdf
  • If work is not submitted as a preferred file type we will not guarantee acceptance into the competition.
  • Videos of artwork should be uploaded to third party sites (youtube, vimeo), and a link should be submitted.
  • All individual files submitted must be under 10mb, total entry file size must be less than 100mb.

Submission Site
Click here to submit your art work.