Astronomy Essay Contest for Youth

Posted by BC on February 27th, 2008

andromeda.jpg Introducing youth to astronomy is the first step for their journey through the science, but keeping encouragement to stay with it can be a chore. And, as we who are around children know, they like rewards. Some are thrilled to receive their first pair of binoculars or telescope, and others like to see their work in print, but who isn’t happy to receive a piece of a space rock? Cash is nice, too.

An astronomy essay contest for children has been established by Dale Lowdermilk of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. The contest is designed to promote youth activity in astronomy. Children ages five to 18 are sent a piece of a stony meteorite just for submitting a handwritten essay (and a self-addressed, stamped envelop), and winning essay prizes range from $50 to $200, depending on the age category.

For a set of rules and more description of the essay contest, go to Lowdermilk’s site or Sky and Telescope’s blog page.

One person has commented

Brenda said,

Another contest for youth was hosted by National Geographic. It was for a new mnemonic for the planets, with or without the dwarf planets, in our Solar System. To see the original contest rules, go to http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/contests/Planet-contest-rules. But, Sky and Telescope Magazine still wants submissions, but is not hosting a contest.

If you want to see the info on the National Geographic winner and a few new mnemonic submissions, go to http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/newsblog/16078757.html.

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