The LEGO Corporation is running its 2011 LEGO Smart Creativity Contest for K-12 educators living in the United States. It is open to teachers in public, private, or home-based schools.
To enter the competition, teachers must create a video that is no longer than 150 seconds (2 and 1/2 minutes) that demonstrates how they have used LEGO products in an educational way. However, the focus is on creativity, so the company isn't looking for a dry, academic explanation of a LEGO-based lesson plan. Instead, they encourage skits, songs, rapping, stop-motion animation, or other fun ways to excite fellow educators about using LEGO in the classroom (even if the classroom is your kitchen table)!
Winners in five categories: Public/Private Schools K-2, 3-5, 5-8, 9-12, and Homeschools, will each receive LEGO Education gift certificates worth $2,500, with one grant prize winner receiving a $5,000 gift certificate. All winners will also get an expense-paid trip to the LEGO Education Summit on November 16, 2011.
However, if you are an early applicant, you may get a prize just for participating! The first 8,000 public and private school entries, and the first 2,000 homeschool ones, will receive a FREE LEGO Smart Kit. So it is best to get your contest video in as soon as possible. The deadline for the competition is October 14, 2011.
For more information, or to access the complete rules and registration materials, visit the 2011 LEGO Smart Creativity Contest homepage.
Good luck to all competitors. Let us know if you win!