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SSMIC’s “Up for the Challenge” - “Remote Learning: Tell Us Your Stance” Essay Competition

SSMIC’s “Up for the Challenge” – “Remote Learning: Tell Us Your Stance” Essay Competition Apr 7 – May 7

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) has launched its FIRST LOCAL CHALLENGE for students in the Algoma region.

The “Remote Learning: Tell Us Your Stance” essay competition

Challenge Launch: April 7, 2021
Submission Deadline: May 7, 2021
Winners Announced: May 31, 2021

Part of SSMIC’s (Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre ) “Up for the Challenge” project that encourages Algoma residents and businesses to think and compete for innovative solutions to challenges on a local, regional, national, and global level that are compiled on the SSMIC website.

The first local challenge is an essay-style competition that invites students from elementary, high school, and post secondary schools in the Algoma region to pick a position on remote learning – whether they are for or against it.

Students should formulate their opinion through their personal experience with remote learning over the course of the pandemic using external research to support their position. Participants are welcome to draw conclusions on how remote learning may affect students and society over time and are also encouraged to suggest innovations that could improve the state of remote learning.

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre is sponsoring this challenge, awarding PRIZES to two entries at each level – one for remote learning and one against.

The following cash rewards will be awarded:
  • Elementary School:
    $100 to the selected ‘For’ winner,
    $100 to the selected ‘Against’ winner
  1. Write a letter as if you were addressing your teacher and/or principal explaining whether remote learning is a good thing or a bad thing.
  2. The letter should be 1-2 pages in length.
  3. Individual and group submissions are accepted.
  4. Submit your completed letter to [email protected], where it will be evaluated by the Up for the Challenge panel. Please include your name(s), grade, and school in your submission email.
  • Secondary School:
    $200 to the selected ‘For’ winner,
    $200 to the selected ‘Against’ winner
  1. Compose an essay as if you were addressing the members of your school board explaining whether you are for or against remote learning.
  2. The paper should be no more than5 pages in length.
  3. Only individual submissions are accepted.
  4. Submit your completed paper to [email protected], where it will beevaluatedby theUp for the Challenge panel. Please include your name, grade, and school in your submission email.
  • Post-Secondary School:
    $400 to the selected ‘For’ winner,
    $400 to the selected ‘Against’ winner
  1. Compose an essay as if you were addressing the Minister of Colleges and Universities and/or Dean of your college/university explaining whether you are for or against remote learning.
  2. The paper should be no more than7pages in length., Only individual submissions are accepted.
  3. Submit your completed paper to [email protected], where it will be evaluated by the Up for the Challenge panel.Please include your name, year/program, and school in your submission email

Winners Announced: May 31, 2021
SSMIC will judge submissions on the following criteria in order to select winners at each level.
•Formatting.
•Analytical thinking, ideas,and concepts.
•How arguments are presented, clearly stating position,and using data as support.
•General flow and logic.
•Creativity, originality,and unique writing style.
•Grammar.
•Page limit

IN ADDITION
Winning entries will be featured on the SSMIC website, social media accounts, and in the SSMIC newsletter.

“We wanted to run a challenge like this to get the youth in our community thinking in innovative ways, while also providing a platform that would allow students to voice their opinions about something that affects them now or in the future,” says SSMIC Executive Director Peter Bruijns. 

To review the full submission requirements and how to enter the challenge, please visit www.ssmic.com/up-for-the-challenge. Have questions about the challenge?  Email [email protected]

For more information and eligibility requirements visit Application Guide

The event is finished.

Date

Apr 07 2021
Expired!

Time

Challenge Launch: April 7, 2021, Submission Deadline: May 7, 2021, Winners Announced: May 31, 2021
All Day
Virtual - Webinar - Video Conference

Location

Virtual - Webinar - Video Conference
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

Organizer

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
Phone
705-942-7927
Email
[email protected]
Website
https://www.ssmic.com/
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