Locals in your community can donate points to their schools by entering the code found on any of their 13 favorite Coca-Cola products at www.mycokerewards.com. Sprite will work with the winning school to remove all old equipment and will design, ship and install the new playground.
Simply paint, draw or sketch an original work of visual art addressing the theme, Scenes of Nature, using materials purchased at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores or Joann.com. Complete an official entry form, available at any Jo-Ann store, or at Joann.com/fineartscontest. Mail the completed entry form along with a photograph of the artwork and a copy of the Joann.com or Jo-Ann store register receipt(s) showing the purchase of the items used to make the artwork to: Fine Arts Contest Entries, Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., 5555 Darrow Rd., Hudson, OH 44236. All entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2011 and received by February 7, 2011. One award per group, includes: 1st place winner: $4,000 cash & over $400 worth of products; 2nd place winner: $1,500 cash & over $200 worth of products; 3rd place winner: $1,000 cash & over $100 worth of products; Honorable Mention: $100 Jo-Ann Gift Card & over $50 worth of products.
Google’s contest to introduce pre-university students to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible, is starting on November 22, 2010. Students worldwide are invited to produce a variety of open source code, documentation, training materials and user experience research for the organizations participating this year. These tasks include:
1. Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
2. Documentation: Tasks related to creating/editing documents
3. Outreach: Tasks related to community management and outreach/marketing
4. Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
5. Research: Tasks related to studying a problem and recommending solutions
6. Training: Tasks related to helping others learn more
7. Translation: Tasks related to localization
8. User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction
Competition for scholarships is grouped into a series of 75 day rounds. Players will compete against the entire ScholarGamers.com community to generate the highest cumulative scores for 45 days. A time limit of 20 minutes is imposed on each competition. Within 30 days, the 15 players with the highest scores are flown to Disney’s BoardWalk Resort to compete head-to-head for the scholarships. The first round of competition kicks off November 1, with participants playing for a $10,000 first prize. Each of the 15 finalists will receive scholarship money, in the form of 529 plan contributions that can be used towards educational expenses. Scholarships will only be awarded to middle-and high-school students, aged 13 and above. Competition rounds will repeat every 45 days, for a total of 120 planned scholarship opportunities in the next year.
Renewable for up to five years and valued at up to $150,000, the highly competitive Fellowships support America’s best and brightest teachers of high school mathematics and science at the critical early juncture of their career. Benefits include tuition assistance, monthly stipends and support for summer professional development, as well as regular meetings, online discussions, and a structured mentor relationship for each Fellow.
The Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public, is designed to inspire and reward interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) among students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The Broadcom MASTERS competition—standing for Math, Applied Science, Technology & Engineering for Rising Stars— will reach hundreds of thousands of middle school students engaged in hands-on science fair and research activities at SSP affiliated fairs throughout the United States. Nominees will compete for a spot in the finals where they must demonstrate their understanding and mastery of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts at work in the development and presentation of their science fair project. From the national entrants, 300 Semifinalists will be selected, including 30 finalists who will win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS finals for awards and prizes, including the top education award of $25,000.
This first-of-its-kind social entertainment program and competition is centered on inspirational people in the high school community, including students and teachers. Users can now nominate and vote for their favorite heroes at the Official Subway Facebook page at www.facebook.com/subway. At its core, the question “What inspires you?” drives the concept behind Subway High School Heroes competition. Users are encouraged to nominate, share, and vote for whomever they feel is the genuine hero in their high school communities. Whether that hero is their 16-year-old sister who volunteers every day to mentor and tutor students struggling with math, or their high school English teacher who encouraged and helped them apply for college, Subway High School Heroes seeks to honor and celebrate the inspirational figures in every high school community.
National PTA and Promethean are launching a national initiative to help members “Fund their Dream ActivClassroom.” As part of a new three-year sponsorship, Promethean will help local PTAs interested in adding interactive technologies into classrooms and investing in digital-age learning resources. This contest is designed to help local communities with creative and effective ways to raise funds to overcome recent budget shortfalls. Each contest entry should describe in detail a successful program and articulate how the activity was used to support school and learning-related activities. Entries will be collected online and judged by an anonymous panel of individuals from National PTA and Promethean based on the following categories: originality and creativity, community involvement, and focus on philanthropy.
The State Network Leadership Award is awarded to an outstanding women’s network or college/university program that makes innovative and visionary contributions to the advancement of women in higher education. The Donna Shavlik Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the advancement of women at both the state and national levels. Recipients will be honored at the ACE Annual Meeting during the Women’s Leadership Dinner and reception on March 5, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
Reuters reports that schools receiving subsidies for internet service will have to teach students about the perils of cyberbullying and the responsible use of social networking sites, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Oct. 29. Cyberbullying “happens when teens use the internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person,” and it’s a problem for nearly half of all U.S. teens, according to the National Crime Prevention Council. It’s increasingly being cited as a predecessor to suicide attempts, the third leading cause of death among 10 to 24-year-olds in the United States. Last month, 18-year-old Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi took his life after fellow students posted video of him engaged in sexual activity online. In 2006, 13-year-old Megan Meier committed suicide after a classmate and friend’s mother bullied her through a fake MySpace account. The FCC said it will soon issue an order to schools receiving funds from the E-rate program, which subsidizes school Internet access, to address cyberbullying and improper use of sites like Facebook and MySpace…