The National Science Foundation awarded The HistoryMakers a 3-year grant to interview 180 of the nation's top African American scientists, create curriculum based on the interviews and hold public programs featuring the scientists. The goal of the ScienceMakers initiative is to create positive role models and use their life stories as a way to encourage others to enter scientific professions.
How We Choose the Winner, Prizes and Schedule
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The video oral history contest entries will be judged by a panel including: The HistoryMakers Executive Director and the Science Producer, representatives from each of the featured science centers (3-4 individuals) and a professional science association member and scientist - so make sure your science is correct!
The winning video from each year of the contest will be featured on the ScienceMakers website, YouTube, Teacher Tube and will be shown at a public event at each of the ScienceMakers featured science centers. The top three videos will also each be awarded cash prizes of $300 (first place), $200 (second place) and $100 (third place).
The video oral history contest will be held in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Each year, entries must be uploaded to YouTube or email to email@example.com by January 2, 2012. Judging will occur from January 3 through January 12, 2012. All valid entries will be judged by the Judging Panel (described above). Winners will be notified and winning videos posted on the website after the public programs at the end of February.