Help us celebrate our 30th anniversary
and have some fun!
Throughout 2013 we will be holding several contests, each offering the chance to win some great prizes. You can enter as many of the contests as you like, and as a matter of fact, we hope you enter them all!
Contest #1: Share Your Voice! Video—Enter through February 28
Enter to win an HD GoPro® Hero3—World’s Most Versatile Camera.
Submit a video
Step 1: Using your webcam or smartphone, film a 30-second response to the question “Why do you love homeschooling?”
Step 2: Upload it to YouTube.
Step 3: Fill out the contest entry form and paste in the link to your video.
Ready, Set, Vote!
Whether or not you submit a video, you can vote for your favorite videos every day until the contest ends (February 28 at 3 pm EST through March 14, 2013, at 2:59 am EST).
The top 16 finalists will be based on popular vote. From that group, a panel of HSLDA judges will select the Grand Prize Winner!
Get all the contest details here.
I’ll have more to say about Mathletics on another day, but we love this website and how easily it motivates kids to learn and master their basic facts. I have lots to share about it’s many great resources, but for now, you can check it out for yourself.
Coming next week Mathletics will be hosting the American Math Challenge to help drum up some enthusiasm for math. Kids enjoy competition, interacting with kids from around the world, and having the potential to win! Follow the links below to get a jump on the American Math Challenge today.
The American Math Challenge 2012
It’s FREE and FUN, for all schools and students, K-12
REGISTRATIONS OPEN NOW
PRACTICE FOR ALL STUDENTS STARTS MONDAY OCT. 8th
FULL COMPETITION EVENT ON October 16-17th, 2012
Will YOUR school or class be on this year’s Hall of Fame?
REGISTER TODAY and get your students
EXCITED! about MATH!
It’s FUN, it’s completely FREE and there are prizes to be won!
GETTING STARTED IS EASY!
1. Register your e-mail at www.americanmathchallenge.com. We recommend using a personal email address for the fastest and easiest registration.
(You only need one registration to secure a spot for your whole school!)
2. Wait for a confirmation link via e-mail. Click this link to let us know your registration is valid.
3. You will be taken back to our site to enter all of your school information (or, for students/parents, student information.)
Once your school is registered, you will get a SCHOOL ADMIN login to upload any number of students, classes, and teachers to your Registered School Account
Parents/Students registering on their own will receive a login for use on www.americanmathchallenge.com after October 8.
Students will compete in the American Math Challenge using Mathletics, an online Math program.
They will be tackling adaptive curriculum-based math questions and competing against other real student peers in timed mental math showdowns—all for great prizes!
Saturday, October 22, 11am
Catapults have a long history in warfare. We want you to build a working version of these war machines. The challenge is to build a catapult which is designed to throw a tennis ball as far as possible. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place distances. Most importantly, contestants get the chance to build a catapult, compete, and possibly earn eternal glory! This project is fun, exciting, and as easy or intricate as you want to make it.
- This contest is open to all catapult enthusiasts; no matter your age!
- Teams are allowed (and encouraged). No more than 4 people per team please.
- All participants must register in advance by filling out this registration form by October 15, 2011.
- No ready-made kits. Each catapult must be designed, constructed, and launched by contestants.
- No part of the catapult can extend over 6 feet high.
- All catapults will be launched on a grass field. They must sit on the ground. No tables.
- The catapult cannot be staked into the ground.
- All catapults will fling tennis balls provided by the First Division Museum at Cantigny.
- Your catapult must have a triggering mechanism which will allow you to stand 2 feet away.
- No explosions or air pressure may be used to assist the performance of your catapult. In other words, the energy used to power your catapult must be provided by the device itself.
- Any type of hurling machine is acceptable: Ballista, Trebuchet, Mangonel, etc.
Each group will be allowed three launches. The best launch will be used as your score. The longest launch wins. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place distances.
Sign Up Now
If you’d like to register for the contest, click here to download the entry form. After filling out the form, save it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Tyer at 630 260 8274.
Please click this link for a printable flyer for your classroom:
Learned about this fun looking contest over at Kathy Wentz’s blog.
The link to the full contest information is here. Developed by West Point and sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, this contest is open to all kids age 13 through Grade 12. They can do this on their own or in pairs and it looks like it can all be done from the comfort of your own computer. It has a download for both Macs and Windows, so hopefully all interested students can enter.
Looks like a great science and math supplement or motivator. Scholarship money is available to the winners, too, if that motivates any students. 🙂
||Download and install the West Point Bridge Designer 2011 software.
||Use the software to design and test a virtual bridge.
||Register your team.
||Log in and submit as many designs as you like.
|Who: U.S. students age 13 through grade 12 are eligible for prizes. Anyone else may enter our Open Competition. More about eligibility…
|When: The 2011 contest began on January 10, 2011, and the Qualifying Round will end on February 25. More about the contest schedule…
|Prizes: Each member of the first-place team earns a $10,000 scholarship. Each finalist wins a notebook computer. More about prizes…
HSLDA holds numerous contests especially for homeschoolers. This one involves making your own video: (follow links for more details and to submit your own!)
2010 Commercial Video Guidelines
Submission Dates: August 16, 2010 to November 15, 2010
Entries received before August 16 or postmarked after November 15 will not be accepted.
- Each entrant will submit a video commercial that illustrates the value of HSLDA membership to a family. Videos will be a minimum of 60 seconds and may not exceed 90 seconds.
- Up to two entries per person or team will be allowed.
This contest is open to anyone.
- Your project is to be completed by a team which may include, but is not limited to, a director, producer, writer, camera crew, actors, technical crew (lighting, etc.), and post-production crew. While there may be more than one person involved in the project, we ask that the individual taking the role of director fit into the specifications above. The director will send us the finished product, will take responsibility for the project, and will be the individual awarded at the end of the contest. A single cash prize (see prizes below) will be awarded to each winning entry regardless of the number of individuals who participated in the entry/project.
- Your work needs to be completely original.
- Please email your YouTube clip link to the following email address: email@example.com. Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number.
- We require that you also mail us a hard copy DVD in QuickTime format.
- $20 for HSLDA members
- $40 for non-HSLDA members
- Entries must include a completed and signed entry form and permission form.
- Entries must include an entry fee (payable by check or money order only).
- Entries must include a YouTube link of the video along with a hard copy DVD in QuickTime format.
Attn: Commercial Contest
One Patrick Henry Circle
Purcellville, VA 20132-3197
- Video submissions will undergo two rounds of judging:
- Round 1: By a panel of critics selected by HSLDA.
- Round 2: The People’s Choice. The critics selected by HSLDA will make their top choices. Those choices will be put online, and made available for the people’s vote.
- The HSLDA panel of critics will judge the videos on originality of thought, style, adherence the requirements, and production quality. The panel may be composed of both professional and amateur filmmakers.
- Results of the contest will be released by the spring of 2011.
- One “Critics’ Choice Award” in the amount of $1,000.
- One “People’s Choice Award” in the amount of $1,000.
By submitting a video you:
- Grant Home School Legal Defense Association the right to publish all or part of your submission, (see permission form for more information.)
- Agree to all rules and the decisions of the judges and sponsors.
- Agree to not use copyrighted music or other media without explicit permission by the owner.
- Do not hold Home School Legal Defense Association responsible for any lost, damaged, misdirected, delayed, mutilated, incomplete, illegible, or postage-due entries or mail.
- Realize that all profits from this contest will go to the Home School Foundation’s Special Needs Children Fund.
Please contact Contest Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.