Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Christopher Columbus Awards Celebrate Tenth Year

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Christopher Columbus Awards Celebrate Tenth Year

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As it kicks off its tenth anniversary year, the Christopher Columbus Awards, a free awards program that challenges middle school students to explore opportunities for positive change in their communities, announces the program's Call for Entries for the 2005-2006 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 U.S. Savings Bonds and the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant to help bring their idea to life in their community.

The award program, now in its tenth year, has attracted over 13,000 'everyday' students from all across the U.S. and appeals to educators who are increasingly working to develop critical-thinking skills in students while meeting state and federal standards. The program is a cross-curricular activity that helps meet both NCLD and state standards by helping address the performance gap in U.S. science education by encouraging critical-thinking skills in all students and introducing kids to the world of science and technology and how they are used in everyday life. …

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