Contests Encourage Young Scientists
Young people in grades K-12 invited to submit experiments and posters
PERRY, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The future of the Georgia Pecan industry depends on today’s students. The Georgia Pecan Commission and the Georgia Pecan Growers Association are jointly sponsoring two contests elementary, junior high and high school students throughout the state.
“Georgia has a rich history of leading the nation in pecan production. To sustain that distinction, we need the best young minds to help the industry maximize its potential here in the U.S. as well as around the world.”
“Pecans in Science Experiment Contest” provides students in grades 7-12 the chance to win $500 and spend the day at the University of Georgia with pecan scientist and professor, Ronald Pegg, Ph.D.
To enter, students must submit an experiment, investigation and/or invention, which highlights Georgia Pecans. Materials must be received by March 16, 2014. “Pecans in Science Experiment Contest” is open to all public, private and homeschooled students throughout Georgia.
Public and private schools in Georgia may also take part in “Pecans: The Brain Food Poster Contest.” School submissions created by students in kindergarten through sixth grade must focus on the nutritional health benefits of pecans and the brain power the nut provides.
Submissions for the poster contest will be accepted through March 2, 2014. Posters will be uploaded to the Georgia Pecan Commission Facebook for public judging between March 10-30, 2014.
Entries for both contests, rules and additional information are available at www.GeorgiaPecans.org.
The top five experiment students will be invited to demonstrate their experiment in Tifton, GA on April 9, 2014, where the winner will be named. All experiment finalists receive a $500 prize.
Ten elementary schools will be chosen as finalists and also invited to the April 9 luncheon and ceremony. Each of the 10 schools will receive a $500 cash award to fund a school need.
“To sustain our industry, it’s crucial that we get young people excited about science, math, technology, engineering and agriculture,” said John Robison, chairman of the Georgia Pecan Commission. “Students are the next generation of scientists, researchers, doctors, nutritionists and farmers who will explore new scientific opportunities, create new inventions, and find new ways to enhance crops. Today’s young people are the key to our future.”
Added Randy Hudson, president of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association: “Georgia has a rich history of leading the nation in pecan production. To sustain that distinction, we need the best young minds to help the industry maximize its potential here in the U.S. as well as around the world.”