Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
Is your child a budding scientist? Kids in 3rd to 6th grades have the opportunity to enter the Kids’ Science Challenge, an annual nationwide competition created by Jim Metzner (award-winning radio produce of Pulse of the Planet) and funded by The National Science Foundation.
Kids choose one of three science topics and then propose an original idea or experiment that relates to it. This year, the three topics are Zero Waste, Animal Smarts, and Meals on Mars.
Zero Waste challenges kids to invent a package using materials that will also be recycled and reused and never ends up in a landfill. Animal Smarts asks kids to design a toy, game, or experiment that will enhance a pet or zoo animal’s life as well as demonstrate its intelligence. Meals on Mars motivates kids to produce new ways of preserving, cooking, deliver, or produce sustainable food for space travel and for living on the planet Mars.
Three grand prize winners, one or each topic, are then selected and given trips to unique places (e.g. Green Mountain Coffee in Waterbury, Vermont; Oregon Zoo in Portland; and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas). Various other prizes will also be awarded, and the first 1,000 kids to enter the contest will also receive a free science kit.
Visit www.kidsciencechallenge.com to download an entry form and for more details. Contest deadline is February 29, 2012.