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Christopher Columbus Awards for Middle School

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS AWARDS CHALLENGES TEAMS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS USING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Finalist Teams Win Trip to Disney World®

AUBURN, NEW YORK—October 23, 2008—Now in its 13th year, the Christopher Columbus Awards, a free program which challenges middle school students to explore opportunities for positive change in their communities, announces the program’s Call for Entries for the 2008-2009 school year.  Teams of up to four students and a coach identify a community issue and use the scientific process to solve it.  Finalist teams win an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World® where they compete for gold medals and U.S. Savings Bonds.

In its 12 years, the program has attracted over 15,500 ‘everyday’ students from across the U.S., and appeals to educators who are increasingly looking to develop critical thinking skills in students while meeting State and Federal standards.  The program:

Is a cross-curricular activity that helps meet both NCLB and State standards

Helps address the performance gap in the U.S. science education by encouraging critical thinking skills in all students

Encourages community service.

Deadline and How to Enter

The Christopher Columbus Awards is free to enter.  For more information and competition guideline, call 1-800-291-6020 or visit www.christophercolumbusawards.com <http://www.christophercolumbusawards.com> .  Coaches may be teachers, parents, community leaders or mentors.  Teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter.  The deadline for receipt of entries is Monday, February 9, 2009.  

For questions about the program please contact:

Stephanie Hallman

shallman@mmseducation.com <mailto:shallman@mmseducation.com>

(800) 291-6020 X 3154

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