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Friday, November 14, 2008

Power of Plants Contest for K-12 Students in Missouri and Illinois

The Missouri Botanical Garden is sponsoring a contest that helps students learn about the awesome power of plants and gives them a chance to win $1,000!

How can you participate?
The Missouri Botanical Garden would like students to learn more about plants! Some plants are just AMAZING —they grow in special ways, can survive in harsh climates, or provide humans with things that we use everyday. So, here’s the challenge:

Choose a plant that does great things for people and tell its story!
Create something to tell the world about your plant and send it to the Missouri Botanical Garden. You must include factual information about your plant’s super powers. Winners will be displayed at the Garden and on our website.

How does the contest work?
Participants can enter as an individual and/or part of a group. Entries will be divided into elementary, middle, and high school age groups. There will be a first, second, and third place winner, as well as Honorable Mentions for each of the three age groups in the individual and group categories. All participants must complete the Entry Form.

It's easy. 5 hours of class or after-school time can easily result in a big payoff.
1 hour: Brainstorm about all of the important things we get from plants
1 hour: Pick a plant and research its special characteristics in the library or on-line
1 hour: Draft a way to tell the world about why the plant is powerful
2 hours: Create a final project and submit for the contest by January 31st
5 hours: Learn about the power of plants in a fun and creative way!

You must create a unique and creative presentation like this image below. It tells us everything we need to know about the plant and how it helps us and it is creative and colorful. And I'm quite partial to pink to green...I think this image is both beautiful and aspiring.
Deadline submission is January 31 and is open only to Missouri and Illinois students (sorry, but it's still a great project idea...I say do it anyway and present in your school fair or for a school project or extra credit).

Get the full details about the project, objectives, submission guidelines, and deadlines here.

Please let me know if you decide to do this project. I would like to know how it goes. Plus, I am willing to offer any help and advice possible. Remember this website is a resource. Don't hesitate to use it.

Have fun with it!

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