Britannica® Digital Learning announced today that for the fourth year in a row it will be a partner company for The DuPont Challenge, the acclaimed essay contest for middle- and high-school students that recognizes excellence in science writing.
Britannica will provide a host of prizes to the winners, including a set of educational apps and more than 65 e-books on scientific topics. The winners’ schools will each receive a year’s subscription to Britannica School and Britannica’s Pathways: Science classroom instructional program. Britannica will also provide prizes to students who earn honorable mentions.
The DuPont Challenge winners will be honored at a gala celebration in Orlando, Fla., in the spring. The expenses-paid awards trip includes a stay at the Walt Disney World® Resort and a tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
As in previous years, middle- and high-school students in the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Territories are invited to submit essays on a range of science topics. The competition is open now, and the deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015.
In addition, this year, students in grades K-5 can also participate in creative, inquiry-based explorations with the help and guidance of their teachers. The deadline for the new Elementary Division is March 1, 2015.
“The DuPont Challenge has been an outstanding experience for us and our editors, who have read and reviewed essays by some of the most talented and motivated young scientific thinkers in the country,” said Michael Ross, general manager of Britannica Digital Learning and a senior vice president at Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. “Some of these young students have even written articles for us. We’re delighted to be back again this year.”
Details about this year’s competition and the winners are available from the DuPont website and from the program’s call for entries.
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Britannica Digital Learning (BDL) provides reliable, high-quality products and solutions for educators and students in grades PreK-16. BDL products are created by scholarly experts, skilled editors, educators and curriculum specialists. They’re designed to ignite curiosity and collaboration in students and make teaching and learning more effective. Products for schools include Britannica® School, Britannica ImageQuest™ and Pathways: Science™ and Britannica E-Books. BDL is a division of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. and is headquartered in Chicago.
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Effective immediately, The DuPont Challenge Science Writing Competition is discontinued.
For the last 30 years, DuPont has been the proud sponsor of the nation's premiere science writing competition validated by the participation of more than 250,000 students across the United States and Canada. The DuPont Challenge was created to honor the crew of Challenger Space Shuttle and all who endeavor to "Touch The Future" by pursuing science excellence.
DuPont is also very grateful for the support that thousands of science teachers have given The DuPont Challenge over the years. In fact, the success of The DuPont Challenge has been due in large part to the commitment of the entire science education community. We give special thanks to our partners at the National Science Teachers Association, Encyclopedia Britannica, Turnitin.com, and A+ Media. The prizes and awards for the 2015-2016 awards will be fulfilled and our winning teachers will be recognized at the 2017 NSTA conference in Los Angeles.
DuPont will leverage its investments in students and teachers through other science competitions and increase our partnerships with international science education organizations.
As we sunset this program, we remember the sacrifice of the Challenger Crew and their families in the "Forever Remembered" pamphlet.