Hey, Kids and Teens! If you love to read, add one more book to your summer reading list and you’ll have the chance to win some pretty cool prizes. Joanne Manaster of Joanne Loves Science and Jeff Shaumeyer of Scienticity have teamed up to encourage kids to read science books. There are two contests, split up by age ranges: Kids Read Science is for ages 8-12, and Teens Read Science is for ages 13-18. The rules are the same, and pretty simple:
- Choose a non-fiction book about nature, science, engineering, or math, or about people who work or worked in those fields. The book should help you understand more about what science is and how it works. Textbooks are not acceptable choices. If you need suggestions it’s good to ask a science teacher or librarian for ideas.
- Read your book.
- Make a video about your book. The video must be less than 5 minutes long, and must give the name of the book, the name of the author, and reasons why you would or would not recommend the book to your friends.
- Post the video online. We’d prefer that you post it to your own account on YouTube.com and tag it with “KidsReadScience2010” or “TeensReadScience2010” . There are other posting options in the long form of the rules.
- Fill out our official online submission form so we can find your video and so we know how to contact you if you win one of our fabulous prizes.
- Do all this before the deadline: 11pm (CDT) on 22 September 2010.
Some of the prizes include an iPod touch for the teens, quality-optics binoculars for the kids, iTunes gift cards, T-shirts, and signed copies of science books (including the intriguingly-How to Defeat Your Own Clone). Check the prize list for more details.
Here’s a video of Joanne explaining the contest:
Now go read a book!