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Monday, June 7, 2010

Announcing New Reading Contests!

I don't know exactly how this happened, but one day in May, I woke up and thought, "Why should I have all of the fun in reading and reviewing books?" I certainly love it, but really, there are just way too many books to read, and wouldn't it be cool if kids started to read them and share with the rest of us what they learned?

And thus was born, in the blink of an eye, a new contest. You can watch the promotional video above or HERE

I really like working with people who have similar values and goals as I do, so I contacted my friend Jeff Shaumeyer who runs a great reading challenge already called the Scienticity Reading Challenge and asked if he would like to help out! I'm very pleased that he said yes, because, frankly, I like this man. I have from the moment we communicated starting last year or so. We both care about science and how people learn about it and think about it, and are happy if people do either of those things at all.

Jeff and I have become a super science literacy team as we both care about science and we care about literacy. It is the cornerstone of what we do in our outreach to the world! 

The contest is simple--just do what I do quite often. Read a non-fiction science book and make a video! Oh, you have to be a kid or teen. Just making that clear. Age 8-12 can enter Kids Read Science and ages 13-18 can join Teens Read Science. We will be thrilled to see you all be creative and articulate. Tell us what you learned in less than five minutes.

Anyone anywhere in the world can submit an entry. We have prizes, too! But, for now, with our limited legal knowledge, we can only distribute those in the US. Don't worry, we're going to try to figure something out for everybody else.

Mostly, we want to see your enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics shine through! You have from now until 11pm Central Time on 22 September 2010 to upload the video and submit your application. That simple.

 If you need help choosing a book, please contact myself or Jeff and we will guide you along. I also recommend you visiting your librarian, a trusted teacher or parent! Remember, you don't need to buy the book, either. Visit your library, I've heard they keep a lot of books there. :)

Many more details can be found at the respective websites (the How to Enter page has lots of details there), so check it out and I look forward to seeing you on video soon!

Kindly,

Joanne














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