Showing posts with label Contest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Contest. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Solve for Tomorrow and Win for Your School

Disclosure: this is a sponsored blog post. 

Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow competition is currently underway and there is still time to for you to enter. The contest is designed to get students in grades six through twelve interested in STEAM projects that can have an immediate impact on local and global communities. Some past contest finalists have designed projects that utilize drones to reduce the use of pesticides on crops, created projects to feed hungry students, and developed emergency shelter solutions to help those affected by natural disasters.

One of the benefits of creating a Solve for Tomorrow entry is that it can help your students identify and propose solutions to problems that affect their local communities. But, as you can see from past contest finalists, the problems and solutions that students identify often have global applications. Furthermore, creating Solve for Tomorrow projects can help your students see the importance of integrating skills from science, technology, engineering, arts, and math into meaningful solutions to real world problems.

This contest is unique in its format. Initial entry takes just a few minutes of your time. The key part of the initial entry form is three short responses to the following questions:
  • What is the most difficult problem faced by your school’s community?
  • How can STEAM be applied to address this issue?
  • What is the biggest hurdle your students face in the classroom that hinders their academic achievement?
After the initial entries are submitted (deadline is November 9th), state finalists will be selected to submit an activity plan. All state finalists (255 in all) will receive a Samsung tablet (valued at $499.99). From those state finalists’ plans, state winners will be chosen. State winners will receive $25,000 in Samsung technology for their schools. State winners will be invited to submit a video about their projects. Those videos will be used in selecting ten national finalists who will receive $50,000 in school technology and a trip to the national pitch event where three national winners will be chosen. National winners will receive $150,000 in Samsung technology for their schools.

Get some inspiration for your STEAM project by watching a few of the videos from last year’s Solve for Tomorrow contest finalists.

Remember, initial entries are due by November 9th. Take a few minutes to enter today!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pin to Win an iPad Mini from MasteryConnect

Last month MasteryConnect launched a new Pinterest-like feature called Resource Boards. This is a free feature that teachers can use to create collections of resources that are aligned to Common Core standards. You can add materials to your MasteryConnect Resource Boards through the MasteryConnect browser bookmarklet available here.

At the end of this month MasteryConnect is going to give away an iPad mini to the teacher who has pinned the most resources. Resources must include alignment to Common Core standards. Second prize and third prizes are $100 and $50 Amazon gift cards. You can learn more about the contest here.


Disclosure: MasteryConnect has been an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers since 2011.

Friday, July 5, 2013

A Helicopter Design Contest for Kids

Submissions are now being accepted for the 3rd annual Sikorksy Helicopter 2050 Challenge. This contest asks students to design the helicopter of the future. Submissions are judged based on uniqueness of concept, description of the idea, and the potential of the design to overcome challenges. The winning design receives a scholarship from Sikorksy and a trip to Sikorsky headquarters. Contest submissions will be accepted through September 20, 2013.

Sikorsky has put together a nice brainstorming page to help students develop ideas for their helicopter designs. For schools and museums Sikorsky has a digital binder of activities designed around the Helicopter 2050 contest. Included in both the digital binder and the brainstorming pages is this timeline of Sikorsky helicopter development.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Smithsonian and ePals Spark!Lab Invent It Contest

Here’s a great opportunity to engage your students in innovation and inspire their creativity.  ePals and the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation are holding the second annual Spark!Lab Invent It Contest, where students create their own unique inventions and compete with others around the world to win prizes from LEGO, Smithsonian, ePals and Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, Inc. During the process, students can learn about the history and process of invention from creative idea to successful marketing and may even have a patent application filed in their name.

The contest is open now and entries are due January 4, 2013. Finalists will be announced on January 17, Kid Inventor Day, after which nominees may campaign for the rest of the month to garner votes. Winners in each age category will be announced on February 4.

Learn more about the contest rules, deadlines and prizes here and check out other resources and projects from Smithsonian on ePals here.



Disclosure: ePals is an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Enter to Win IdeaPaint and Evernote Premium

I don't often pass along contest information, but in this case the contest I'm sharing awards two products that I really believe in. IdeaPaint and Evernote have teamed up to offer a nice little prize package of 250 Evernote premium accounts and 300 square feet of IdeaPaint paint along with markers and erasers. To enter all you need to do is complete the form on this page by August 20th. A promo video for the contest is embedded below.

Applications for Education
I've written about using Evernote in schools a couple of times in the past. My most recent posts about using Evernote can be found here and here. As the video above points out, Evernote can be use to take and store pictures of handwritten notes and drawings. If you have sketches, diagrams, or equations written on paper that you want to store online, give Evernote a try. Perhaps you have students who complete their mathematics homework assignments on paper. Instead of collecting and keeping track of those papers, try capturing images of them and organizing them online in Evernote.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Win Technology Prizes for Your School

Full disclosure: the sponsor of this contest is an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers. Even if they weren't an advertiser there is still a good chance that I'd mention this contest.


The Worth Ave Group is currently sponsoring a contest through which schools in the United States can win technology prizes worth up to $25,000. Here's how it works: a teacher is nominated by a community member and is then placed on the contest's list of eligible nominees. The teacher who receives the most votes will win a $25,000 technology prize package for his or her school. The contest will also award smaller prizes to five runners-up. Voters will also be entered into a random drawing for iPads. The voting is open now through the end of March, 2012. You can read the full contest rules here (link is to a PDF).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Enter the Intel Wired to Learn Contest to Win Tech for Your School

Disclosure: Intel is an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers.

Through their Wired to Learn Contest, Intel is giving three lucky schools technology prize packages worth up to $25,000.

Entering the Wired to Learn Contest is fairly easy. First, you need to visit the Intel AppUp center to register and install the Intel AppUp Center on your computer. Then submit a story in 500 words or less explaining why your school should receive one of the prize packages. Optionally, you can also include pictures or videos with your entry. The recipients of the prize packages will be determined by public voting so once you’ve completed the entry steps tell your community to go and vote for your submission. Voting is open through December 4 so you still have a few weeks to share your story and get your community to vote.

What is the Intel AppUp Center?
The Intel AppUp Center provides a convenient way to find, install, and run a wide variety of education, entertainment, and productivity applications on your netbook or computer. The applications you select run in the Intel AppUp Center you install on your netbook or computer. Each application in the Intel AppUp Center is scanned for spyware and malware. Each app is also vetted for compatibility with your computer. Just like in other app stores, there is a mix of free and paid applications. Unlike in some app markets, you can try applications in the Intel AppUp Center before you buy them. Click here to view a nice selection of free and paid applications for education.

Applications for Education

With the holiday shopping season right around the corner there is sure to be a number of students acquiring inexpensive laptops and netbooks. The Intel AppUp Center could be a good place for students, parents, and teachers to find free applications to maximize the educational possibilities of their new machines. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Lenovo M90z ThinkCentre Winner

382 people entered the drawing for the Lenovo M90z ThinkCentre. There were many many good ideas shared in the comments of the contest post. As promised, this evening I used a random selector to pull a winner from all the entries. (This is the selection tool I used). The winner, who has been notified via email, is Kenneth Finnegan.

If you would still like a chance to win one of these versatile Lenovo M90z ThinkCentre computers, there are 26 other bloggers running contests for the same machine over the next month. Below you can find a list of those bloggers and the dates of their contests.

Lenovo M90z Participants

Site Start End Date
Free Tech 4 TeachersApr 14   Apr 18
Ilja Coolen \ ICSSApr 15   Apr 19
Physician MomApr 16   Apr 20
Scrubd InApr 17   Apr 21
Kathy Schrock's KaffeeklatschApr 18   Apr 22
Steve Harg
adon.com
Apr 19   Apr 23
Box of TricksApr 21   Apr 25
Clinton Fitch.comApr 22   Apr 26
Around the CornerApr 23   Apr 27
Tech Savvy EdApr 25   Apr 29
Small Biz TechnologyApr 26   Apr 30
Ablet FactoryApr 27   May 1
Click NewzApr 28   May 2
Geekazine Apr 29   May 3
21st Century Education TechnologyApr 30   May 4
A GeekyMomma's BlogMay 1   May 5
Marsha Collier's MusingsMay 2   May 6
VA Insiders ClubMay 3   May 7
Your Virtual AssistantMay 4   May 8
Jake Ludington's Media BlabMay 5   May 9
Mobile PC WorldMay 6   May 10
Dangerously IrrelevantMay 7   May 11
Bud the TeacherMay 8   May 12
KikolaniMay 9   May 13
Geeks To GoMay 10   May 14
Chad Lehman.comMay 11   May 15

Friday, October 1, 2010

How Do I Become President? - Infographic Contest

Kids.gov and Challenge.gov together are hosting an infographic creation contest for kids. To enter the contest students have to create an infographic that explains the process of becoming President of the United States. The contest appears to be open to all K-12 students. The winner of the contest will receive $2,500 and the winning infographic will be reproduced for distribution to schools across the US. The deadline for entries is November 3. Read all of the contest rules and requirements here.

Thanks to Cool Infographics for the notice about this contest.

Applications for Education
The How Do I Become President infographic contest could be a good opportunity for teachers of Social Studies and teachers of graphic design to work together.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Is It Better to Rent or Buy? Interactive Infographic
Teaching With Infographics
Insightful News Infographics

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Win $100,000 for Your School from Bing Education

Bing Education (a division of Microsoft) is currently holding a contest which will award $100,000 dollars to the winning school and $50,000 to three runner-up schools. The Our School Needs contest asks schools to write essays, take pictures, and create a short video showing what they need. The essay and video should also explain how getting the things a school says it needs will improve the learning experiences of its students. The contest is accepting applications now through October 22, 2010. Apologies to readers outside of the US, the contest is only open to public and private schools in the United States. Find all of the contest details here.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Win a New DLP Projector from TeachHUB

TeachHub.com is a giving away a new Optoma DLP projector with a built-in DVD player. To win all you need to do is register for a free TeachHUB account then submit a picture of your school's "busted" tech equipment along with a 25 word description of why you should win a new DLP projector. Click here to register and get all of the contest details. All contest entries are due by May 17.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Acer and Intel K-12 School Library Makeover Contest

Acer and Intel are currently accepting nominations for a K-12 school library "makeover." The winning school will receive ten Acer Timeline laptops and two desktops. I'm not sure if twelve computers constitutes a full "makeover," but it's certainly better than no computers. To enter you must submit an essay describing what makes your school great and why your school should be chosen. You can also submit videos and images to supplement your entry. The entry deadline is January 17th. You can read all of the contest details and enter here.

In the interest of disclosure, while I do own an Acer Aspire One (it's great), I do not have any affiliation with Acer or Intel.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Teaching With Contests

Academic contests can be a fun way to get students excited about writing an essay, creating a video, writing a poem, or completing any number of learning activities. Teaching With Contests is a blog designed to help you find academic contests that your students can participate in. A quick review of the blog will lead you to contests covering all K-12 content areas.

Thanks to Diane Krause for the link.

Friday, September 25, 2009

C-Span Student Cam Video Contest

C-Span is once again hosting a video documentary contest for students. The contest is open to middle school and high school students. To enter, students need to create a documentary video 5-8 minutes long about "our country's greatest strength" or "a challenge the country is facing." The prizes for the winners of the contest range from $250 to $5,000 for students and $125 to $1000 for the students' schools. The entry deadline is January 20, 2010. You can read all of the contest rules and requirements here.

Applications for Education
This contest's topic fits very well with the curriculum of my Civics course therefore I'm considering having my students create videos for this contest. Even if the students don't win, it will be good to get them thinking about the country as a whole rather than just their little corner of the country.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Win $2500 Worth of Classroom Supplies

eNasco, a mail-order company that offering school supplies and lesson materials, is hosting a $2500 give-away contest. The contest is being held in conjunction with Catalogs.com. To enter, write a 400 word persuasive essay explaining why your classroom is deserving and how you will use the gift certificates from eNasco. Five prizes ranging in value from $500 to $2500 will be awarded. The entry deadline is September 30. Click here for all of the contest details.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Scholastic's Power of Poetry Contest

Scholastic is hosting a poetry contest for students in grades nine through twelve. Winning entries will receive a new HP Pavilion laptop. Fifteen laptops will be awarded, twelve to high school senior and one to each of grades nine through eleven. Entries are being accepted now through June 30, 2009. Entries can be submitted online. Read the full contest details here.

All entries into the the Power of Poetry contest must be written in Haiku form. To help students get started, Scholastic provides students with a good how-to guide for writing Haiku's. Scholastic also provides students a gallery of sample poems.

Applications for Education
When students write or create for a wider audience, they sometimes take more pride in their work than when just writing for their classrooms. Contests are a good way to get students to write for a wider audience.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Poetry Visualized
Shmoop Study Guides for History and Literature

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Young Scientist Challenge

The Young Scientist Challenge sponsored by 3M and Discovery Education is science video competition for students in grades 5 through 8. The contest asks students to create a short, one to two minutes, video about a specific science topic selected from a list of topics created by the YSC judges. Videos are judged based on demonstrated knowledge of the topic and creativity. Ten semi-finalists will be awarded an all expenses paid trip to New York to compete in the competition finals. The overall winner will receive $50,000 in US Savings Bonds. To enter the contest, the student's parent must register with a valid email address to which registration information will be sent. Click here for the full contest rules and requirements. You can view sample videos from last year's competition here.

Applications for Education
This competition is a great opportunity for middle school students to learn about and creatively express knowledge of science topics. If your students' parents are reluctant to have their children enter the competition you could hold your own science competition within your school or school district.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Write an Essay, Win a Trip to Peru

National Geographic Kids, one of my favorite educational websites, is holding an essay contest. The contest requires students to write a 300 word essay about what they have discovered as a "hands-on" explorer of their world. The contest also requires an original photograph depicting the theme of the essay. The winner of the contest will join the National Geographic Kids expedition to Peru. You can read all of the contest rules and requirements here.

National Geographic Kids is also holding a contest for teachers through which they can also win a trip to Peru. In order to enter the contest teachers must conduct a lesson plan about Peru and write a 500 word essay about the best practices for teaching about Peru. Read all of the requirements for the teacher contest here.

Thanks to Karen at Teaching and Learning Spanish for the tip about this contest.

Applications for Education
Having your students write essays for this contest could be a good way to get students to explore the habit around them. Take your students for a walk outside around your school to let students make observations about their environment. Then bring them inside to work on writing a essay about their observations.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Slide Share Credit Crisis Contest - There's a Lesson Idea Here

Slide Share, a slide show sharing service, is having a contest in which contestants have 30 slides to explain the current credit crisis. The contest ends in two days so you don't have much time if you or your students (they would have to be high school age at least) want to enter. But, the idea behind the contest could easily be applied to other subjects.

Applications for Education
If your students are too young to participate the Credit Crisis Contest they can still reap benefits from this Slide Share contest. The contest is producing a lot of content about the credit crisis. Some of the content is informative and some of it will raise questions that you can discuss with your students.

Having a classroom contest or school wide "contest" where students show off the work they produced to demonstrate understanding can be good way to get students excited about learning. Every year my school district has a district-wide art show and a district wide "celebration of learning" where students get to share work with their peers, teachers, and parent. The students, especially younger students, really get excited about these events. Using a program like Slide Share or even just a simple wiki could be one way to conduct an online "celebration of learning" in your school.