Entries Accepted Until April 27th

Water is Worth It Challenge! For Akron Students!

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WHAT TEACHERS AND PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

On Saturday, May 9, 2015 the City of Akron is inviting families to an Open House at Akron’s Water Reclamation facility in the Cuyahoga Valley. This day-long event, the BLUE HERON HOMECOMING AND ENVIRONMENTAL FESTIVAL, will celebrate the accomplishments of Akron’s wastewater treatment plant, and also welcome the flock of blue herons that for more than a decade has turned the city property into a rookery – a breeding place for heron families.


The Open House takes place from 10:00AM to 2:00PM, and the program for the day includes:


Hands-on environmental science demonstrations and activities for children

Exhibits by local engineering firms and environmental businesses

A tour of the Akron Water Reclamation Facility, including the plant’s laboratory

A guided trolley tour of the Bath Road Blue Heron Rookery

And much more!


IN ADDITION, students in grades K-12 will have an opportunity to compete in our 2015 Water Is Worth It! Challenge, sponsored by the Akron Waterways Renewed Program. Do you love to draw, create artwork on the computer, take photographs or write comics? Then students handiwork can receive its’ due glory and win them prizes! Your entry will give you the chance to win a Great Akron Experience Family Prize Pack, which will include tickets and passes to fun and exciting places around the city for you and your family to do over the summer! Someone will also win tickets to sit in a Lodge at an Akron Rubber Ducks Baseball Game! Each category has three place prizes available for both individual entries and class/club entries.


You can participate by completing the attached registration form acknowledging your intent to enter the contest, and returning it to waterisworthit@gmail.com by April 27, 2015. Please review the attached Contest Details and Registration Form. Additional contest information is available online at www.akronwaterwaysrenewed.com.


If you have any questions or concerns, submit them to waterisworthit@gmail.com.

Thank you for your consideration.


Sincerely,

Traci J. Buckner

Committee Chair – Educational Activities

WHAT STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Challenge Details

Do you love to draw, create artwork on the computer, take photographs or write comics? In the 2015 Water Is Worth It! Challenge, sponsored by the Akron Waterways Renewed Program, your handiwork can receive its’ due glory and win you prizes! Entries can be accepted through e-mail or postal mail. For contest questions, please e-mail: waterisworthit@gmail.com.

Prize Information

Your entry will give you the chance to win a Great Akron Experience Family Prize Pack, which will include tickets and passes to fun and exciting places around the city for you and your family to do over the summer! Someone will also win tickets to sit in a Lodge at an Akron Rubber Ducks Baseball Game! Each category has three place prizes available for both individual entries and class/club entries.


Individuals and Classrooms/Club Collaborations have the chance to win fun prizes in the category they enter.


A variety of prizes will be awarded to contestants at the Blue Heron Homecoming event, in addition to the first, second and third place prize winners.

Entry Levels

1. Individual Entry: You may submit an entry for one or all four of the categories.

2. Classroom/School Club Collaboration Entry: You may submit an entry for one or all four of the categories that you have worked on with a class or with a club.

Categories

1. Coloring Book/Comic Book

a. Hand-designed or computer assisted illustrations and graphics.

b. 8 ½ * 11 inches in size or 5*7 inches in size

c. Text often plays an integral part in communication a message.


2. Illustration or Postcard (Portrait style orientation)

a. Postcard: 4*6 inches in size

b. Illustration: 8 ½ *11 inches in size


3. Exhibit, Games and Apps

a. Exhibits must include a minimum of one of the academic content standards for their grade level. (See akronwaterwaysrenewed.com website for applicable standards.)

i. Exhibits may or may not be interactive.

ii. Exhibits should not exceed the size of a 6ft by 3ft table.

iii. Exhibits may not require more than one outlet of electricity.

b. Games and apps enable players of all ages to interact, have fun and learn about the value of water in our community.

c. Board games, festival-type games and electronic games are all acceptable.

d. Entries must be self-guiding and include rules that explain the purpose, challenge and goal.

e. We accept video games and apps that are free of charge and compatible with Microsoft Windows, iOS, and Android platforms, and should not require a password to access.

f. Games and apps will be evaluated based on the first five minutes of playing time.


4. Photography

a. Film or digital photographs, as well as, images from sensors, microscopes, telescopes and similar instruments.

Eligibility

1. Your contest entry must be e-mailed to waterisworthit@gmail.com, mailed to or delivered in person to the PMO Office at 146 South High Street, 8th Floor, Akron, Ohio 44308 by April 27, 2015.


2. You must be present at the Blue Heron Homecoming on May 9, 2015 to receive your prize.


3. Your entry must cover at least one grade level appropriate academic standard around the topic of water. A list of these standards can be found on our website at akronwaterwaysrenewed.com in the “Events” section, then click on "more" under the Water is Worth It Challenge, and finally click on the link to the Ohio Revised Standards.


4. Return the completed Registration form via e-mail to waterisworthit@gmail.com.


5. A copy of the completed Registration form should also be mailed in and included with your final contest entry.

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Education Committee

Members

Traci J. Buckner, Akron Public Schools (Co-chair)

Jacqueline Flaherty, Keep Akron Beautiful (Co-chair)

Toby Ratcliffe, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Pam Ray, Keep Akron Beautiful

Autumn Russel, Akron Zoo

Lynn Williams, Ohio & Erie Canal