From time to time the Department receives information regarding awards or contests. This section of the Web site contains information regarding awards or contests administered through other organizations or agencies.
- Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Now through November 4, 2014, students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for the
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.
The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. To apply or for more information go to http://spirit.prudential.com.
- The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF) annually honors five teachers who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to teaching our nation's children. Anyone can nominate a teacher by completing a nomination packet. Candidates must hold or have held a valid teaching certificate. The nominee must have at least 20 years experience teaching in grades preK-12. For further information visit the NTHF www.nthf.org. Nominations must reach the NTHF office no
later than the first business day of the year in which the selection is to be made.
- Letters About Literature 2014
A $1,000 cash award is the national prize in Letters About Literature, a writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and coordinated in New Hampshire by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library. To enter, readers in grades 4-12 write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. State winners will advance to national competition and the first-place winner for New Hampshire at each of three competition levels will receive a $100 cash prize. Deadline for entries at Level III (grades 9-12) is December 15, 2014. All other entries must be postmarked by January 15, 2015. To obtain the required entry coupon visit http://lal.nhbookcenter.org. While you’re there, sign up to get email updates on the NH competition and check out the complete entry guidelines and winning essays from previous years.
- Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge
The Challenge asks kids 9-16 to come up with a concept for the helicopter of the future. The grand prize winner will earn a $1,000 scholarship, the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award, and a trip to Sikorsky headquarters in Stratford, CT. To learn more and to access free STEAM activities go to www.helicopter2050.com. These fun, hands-on activities help students imagine the future of helicopters. The 4th annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge ends on September 30, 2014.
- Take the Teacher Challenge
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools. STEM education is absolutely vital for our children and our future. We need to encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math related fields. Our real challenge lies in how to achieve our goal of improving STEM education. Teachers of all fields are invited to submit their ideas for increasing STEM education in the classroom. The Fall Teacher Challenge began on August 4, 2014 and the deadline for all submissions is October 31, 2014. The top 50 entries will earn a $1,000 grant. Visit www.dow.com/company/citizenship/stem/stem-form.htm to submit an entry.
- What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest
Aimed at introducing middle school students to advanced manufacturing, the What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest partners participating schools with a local manufacturer to produce a video that explores career opportunities in manufacturing, how the industry has changed and its importance to New Hampshire’s economy as the state’s largest industry. Students and their advisers can begin working with a local manufacturer on the video at the start of the 2014-2015 school year and must submit their projects by December 1, 2014. This initiative is a partnership with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Governor’s advanced Manufacturing Education Council, and has the endorsement of the State Board of Education. Teachers interested in taking part can get more information on partnering with a local manufacturer, as well as video contest rules, at www.nheconomy.com/manufacturing-in-nh/videocontest.aspx or by contacting Lorna Colquhoun, Division of Economic Development at (603) 271-2341.
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