STEM teacher development: measuring preparation and reducing attrition

The brief

This 3-minute 2D animation explores the issue of STEM teacher retention in schools and what can be done to retain and recruit more quality STEM teachers, particularly in high-need school districts.

The challenge

The purpose of creating this animation was for it to be submitted in the 2020 National Science Foundation STEM for all video showcase, an annual online event which hosts hundreds of three-minute video presentations aimed at improving STEM education.

It was essential that the finished animation adhered closely to all the regulations and parameters set by the organisers for it to be eligible in the showcase. We also had to follow a strict 4-week turnaround time for the completion of this animation to ensure it would be ready to submit on time.

The solution

Excellent communication and coordination within the Science Animated teams meant that we successfully stuck to the tight schedule and completed animation on time and in line with the showcase’s eligibility criteria. We kept Jennifer in the loop at every stage of the process to ensure that the animation met her expectations.

The outcome

The animation was very successful as it won the public choice award at the 2020 STEM for all video showcase, an award voted for by the public who select the videos that they feel are the most meritorious via voting on social media. Winning the public choice award contributes to the National Science Foundation’s goal of sharing cutting edge work with the public at large, and our goal here at Science Animated to make scientific research engaging and accessible to the public – a win-win all round!


Jennifer very much enjoyed working with the Science Animated team and was extremely happy with the finished animation. She was particularly impressed with how we were able to produce such a high-quality animation on such short notice with great value for money.