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Competition: Student Contributions to NAE Challenges

grandc1The Extraordinary Stories Award Program

at the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Summit

The National Academy of Engineering is soliciting nominations of students who have made a contribution to one of the 14 NAE Grand Challenge problem areas:  Sustainability, Health, Vulnerability, Joy of Living.  The winning stories will be featured at a summit on April 21, 2010 at Wellesley College, bringing together educators, students and leaders from business and government to explore new ways to educate the next generation of Grand Challenge leaders and to celebrate the efforts of young people working to solve grand challenge problems. Deadline for nomination: March 1, 2010.

Awards: Five nominated individuals or teams will split a $15,000 prize.  In addition, a professional video of each of the five winning projects, including new interviews and footage filmed during March and/or April 2010, will be produced and featured at the April summit in Boston; and travel support will be provided to bring the winners to the Boston summit. Nominees must be between the ages of 13 and 35 years old, and all members of a nominated team must meet the age and school attendance criteria.

For complete details, please visit the Grand Challenges Stories Website.

Tell us your stories!

We’re looking for students who have made a contribution to one of the 14 NAE Grand Challenge problem areas:  Sustainability, Health, Vulnerability, Joy of Living.  If you know — or are part of — a great story, share it with us through a video, text, or multimedia nomination. Your nomination should describe the project and its (potential) impact, demonstrating how the work addresses a Grand Challenge problem or area.  You should also tell us about the nominee(s) and provide information about the educational context, formal or informal, that enabled or facilitated this work.

Nominations may be in the form of a video, a written story, a photo essay, a poster, or a multimedia presentation.  Nomination material does not need to be prepared specially for this Award Program, but you must have or obtain rights to the materials you submit.  Nominators may be individual participants; team members; and Third Parties such as schools, educational institutions, governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations.  Nominees may be individuals or groups of students or recent graduates of a US educational institution ranging from pre-college through graduate or professional school or recent alumni.  Self-nominations are welcome.

The winning stories will be featured at a major summit to be held April 21, 2010 on the Wellesley College campus outside Boston. Co-sponsored by Olin, Wellesley and Babson College, the summit will bring together educators, students and leaders from business and government to explore new ways to educate the next generation of Grand Challenge leaders and to celebrate the efforts of young people working to solve grand challenge problems.

Award winners will be selected in mid-March, interviewed to produce professional videos to be featured at the summit meeting, and invited to Boston to participate in the summit. Nominees must be between the ages of 13 and 35 years old, and all members of a nominated team must meet the age and school attendance criteria.

Funding for this award is provided by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to support innovation and to celebrate student achievement.

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