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Contest gives high school students the CHANCE to be environmental idols

CHANCE Idol award winners
10/14/2009 —

Penn State Lehigh Valley CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences) is accepting entries for the 2010 CHANCE Idol competition. Now in its second year, the CHANCE Idol competition challenges high school students to write their own environmentally-related words to a favorite song; videotape their group performing the new song; then upload the video to YouTube and send the judges the link to the video.  The deadline for entries is March 31, 2010. 


Three winners (first, second, and third place) will be selected from high schools throughout Pennsylvania and their videos will be showcased on the CHANCE web site (www.chance.psu.edu). The top winner (group) will receive a $2,000 prize to implement an environmentally focused project in their school community.  The winning group's school will also receive a visit from some of the program's collaborators and sponsors for the grand prize presentation.


The entries will be judged by a panel of professionals on clarity of environmental message, creativity, production quality, and the intended environmental project they would enact with the prize money.  The contest is co-sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur and ATAS International, Inc.


The idea for the competition came from the success of Dr. Richard B. Alley's recent environmentally-focused YouTube music videos, which have been featured in media outlets like The New York Times. 

Dr. Alley is an Evan Pugh Professor in the Department of Geosciences, and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State, a Nobel laureate, and a collaborator with Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin, associate professor of biology at Penn State Lehigh Valley and developer and director of the CHANCE program.


CHANCE(Connecting Humans And Nature through Conservation Experiences) is a coordinated effort and partnership between The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) that addresses the need to train Pennsylvania 9th - 12th grade teachers in environmental science and ecology.


For more information about CHANCE and the contest, visit www.chance.psu.edu.

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