For the second consecutive year, defense contractor and industrial corporation Raytheon is celebrating National Engineers Week with its Build It Better video contest, in which students 18 and under can win grants of up to $2,000 for their classrooms.
In order to enter this year’s contest, students must submit videos about things in their schools that could be designed better, after which InkHouse and Raytheon will choose up to 10 finalists based on:
- The creativity of the solution.
- Its perceived effectiveness.
- Application of math and/or science concepts.
- Quality of the submission: Is it both informative and entertaining?
Facebook users will then vote on the finalists, with the first-place winner’s classroom receiving a grant of $2,000, while a $1,000 grant will be awarded for second place, and $500 for third.
Entries must be submitted by midnight ET April 16, and the finalists will be selected May 1, with voting on Facebook closing at 6 p.m. ET May 15.
Raytheon and InkHouse offered more details in an email to AllFacebook:
Is there something you use at school — in the classroom, on the field, in your science lab, on the playground, or anywhere on school grounds — that isn’t designed as well as it could be? Maybe your pencil sharpener is missing the point. Or that Bunsen burner has burnt you one too many times. Perhaps those monkey bars are driving you bananas. What would you build to solve the problem?
Pick anything (big or small) from your school life and describe how you would put your math and science skills to use to engineer a better redesign to improve your school experience. You’re the head engineer on this project, and the only limit is your imagination. Entries must be submitted in the form of a video.
Readers: Will you check the Build It Better Video Contest page on Facebook and cast your votes?