The National Geographic Hands-On Explorer Challenge 2008 offers a great way to encourage U.S. students to develop their love of science and learning, as well as their natural curiosity to discover new things about our world. To enter students must submit a 300 word essay telling “us what you discovered as a hands-on explorer in your world and why you find it interesting.” A photo that illustrates the essay must be included as well. Any student who will be 9 through 14 years old during the expedition winners will take (with a parent/guardian to Australia) in July 2008 can enter, and the entry deadline is February 15, 2008.
Current teachers in grades 3-8 can “conduct a hands-on activity related to Australia” in their classroom, submit a 500 word essay about “the best practices you use to increase students’ knowledge and appreciation of the geography of Australia,” include “a detailed description of at least one innovative hands-on activity related to this instruction” along with a photo and letter of support from the campus principal. More details are available on the official rules for teachers.
2 grand prize trips to Australia will be given away for teachers. 15 grand prize expedition trips will be given away to winning students with their parent/guardian.
What fun! Whether you win or lose, this sounds like a GREAT project to support student scientific inquiry!
Picture yourself and your own child, or one of your students, in Australia “on assignment” with National Geographic! What fun!
I love the encouraging lines at the bottom of the official student contest page:
Be a hands-on explorer right where you live. Collect stones, shells, leaves, bugs, and look at them under a magnifying glass or microscope. Or try exploring a creek or pond to spot frogs, turtles, and fish.
Let’s hear it for hands-on science, and encouraging learners of ALL AGES to engage in inquiry-based scientific experiments!
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