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The Chemical Educational Foundation® Earth Day Challenge

Overview 

The Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) Earth Day Challenge is a video contest for elementary and middle school (grades K-8) classes. The Earth Day Challenge encourages students to explore the impact of chemistry on their world. Participants will create videos identifying and explaining a chemistry-related concept and sharing how people use this concept in real life to address an environmental issue (e.g., separation processes, such as chromatography, can be used to analyze sample data and help scientists assess water quality).

Prizes -- $1,000 to Schools; $200 to Educators 

The school of the educator who submits the winning entry will receive $1,000 for the school’s science education programs, as well as a commemorative plaque. The winning educator will receive a $200 Target gift card. CEF will select the winning entry in its sole discretion based on creativity, production quality, and promotion of chemistry’s importance in everyday life.  CEF’s determination in selecting the winning entry is final.

Guidelines
  • Entries must be submitted by grade K-8 educators who have received permission from their school’s administration to participate in the Earth Day Challenge contest.

  • Videos must be original and may be no longer than three minutes (180 seconds) in length.

  • Entries must define and explain a chemistry-related concept and then discuss how people use this concept in real life to address an environmental issue.

  • CEF suggests reviewing the You Be The Chemist® Activity Guide lessons for examples of relevant chemistry concepts. Activity Guides may be downloaded for free at: /ybtc/guides/home.aspx.

  • Suggested content may include footage of students explaining a concept and an environmental issue, reflecting on how chemistry can be applied in real life to solve problems and how chemistry is an important part of Earth Day and the environment, and associated reflections about careers in chemistry or the sciences.

  • Videos must not depict or promote unsafe behavior, particularly in regards to laboratory safety and safe handling of materials.

How to Enter
  • Educators should upload their original video to YouTube, Vimeo, or another video sharing platform and e-mail the link to comments@chemed.org. The subject line should read: "Earth Day Challenge."
  • Educators/schools should also submit a brief description of how the school will use the prize money to further support science education initiatives in their school.
  • The submission deadline is 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, April 17, 2015.
  • The winning entry will be announced on Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22, 2015).
Terms & Conditions
  • CEF reserves the right to link to any video uploaded to a video sharing platform for the Earth Day Challenge contest.  CEF may link to and/or reference the video uploaded for the contest, and use any information submitted to CEF by the educator regarding the video, for CEF’s informational and marketing purposes.
  • By uploading the video to a video sharing platform and submitting an entry to CEF for the Earth Day Challenge contest, the educator certifies that the video is original and does not infringe the copyright or any other intellectual property rights of any third-party.
  • By uploading the video to a video sharing platform and submitting an entry to CEF for the Earth Day Challenge contest, the educator certifies that the parents and/or guardians of student(s) whose name(s) and/or image(s) appear in the video have provided their consent to the educator and/or the administration of the educator’s school for the student(s) to appear in the video.  CEF shall not be held responsible for and assumes no liability for the failure of an educator to obtain the required consents from the administration of the educator’s school to participate in the Earth Day Challenge contest. CEF shall not be held responsible for and assumes no liability for the failure of an educator or the administration of the educator’s school to obtain the required consents from the individuals, or parents and/or guardians of the students, appearing in video.
  • CEF has no control over, and assumes no responsibility or liability for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party websites or platforms, including YouTube, Vimeo, or any other online video sharing platform.  By uploading the video to a video sharing platform and submitting an entry to CEF for the Earth Day Challenge contest, the educator agrees to release and hold harmless CEF from any and all claims, liability, damages or loss arising from the use of such third-party websites/platforms.  CEF encourages educators to read the terms and conditions and privacy policy of the website/platform used for uploading the contest video.
  • By uploading the video to a video sharing platform and submitting an entry to CEF for the Earth Day Challenge contest, the educator agrees to release and hold harmless CEF from any and all claims, liability, damages or loss arising from the participation in the Earth Day Challenge contest by the educator and/or the educator’s school.
Acknowledgment

By uploading the video to a video sharing platform and submitting an entry to CEF for the Earth Day Challenge contest, the educator acknowledges that the educator has read and agreed to the Earth Day Challenge Terms & Conditions.  If the educator does not agree to the Terms & Conditions, the educator should immediately notify CEF, and the entry will be withdrawn from the Earth Day Challenge contest.

2014 Earth Day Challenge Winner

Wonders Of Water from Amber Baaso on Vimeo.

Congratulations to Amber Baaso and her 7th grade science class at Glenn H. Wolfe Middle School in Center Line, MI, for submitting the winning video to the 2014 CEF Earth Day Challenge!

Baaso’s class conducted our "Antigravity Water" experiment and made a video about what they learned. With the $1000 prize money, Baaso took her 7th grade science class on a field trip to the Michigan Science Center to view the IMAX movie “Mysteries of the Great Lakes.” In a district where 66% of students receive free or reduced lunches, she told us, even inexpensive field trips are often out of the question.