JumpStart 2000 CHALLENGES STUDENTS TO USE SCIENCE TO IMPROVE LIFE IN NEXT CENTURY

JumpStart 2000 CHALLENGES STUDENTS TO USE SCIENCE TO IMPROVE LIFE IN NEXT CENTURY

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NSF has unveiled a national effort designed to encourage all U.S. students to use science and technology to create real solutions for a better life in the 21st century.

JumpStart 2000 is a national science and technology challenge that invites all students to identify and share their hopes and concerns for the future and to apply science and technology to propose innovative solutions to important national or global issues. Students are encouraged to form teams of four students and to enlist the aid of teachers or other adult coaches. Student entries will be judged on creativity and innovation (40 percent), scientific thinking and feasibility (30 percent) and clarity of communication (30 percent). Entry deadline is January 14, 2000.

Six winning teams will be chosen at the end of March 2000. All students will be judged within their age and education level, with six winning teams traveling to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony in May, 2000.

Considered the nation’s largest effort of its kind, JumpStart 2000 involves government, public and private organizations, including PARADE and React magazines, the National Science Board (the governing body of the National Science Foundation) and the White House Millennium Council.

Journalists can find out more about JumpStart 2000 by calling 800-991-1441 or by visiting the website www.jumpstartchallenge.com. Nearly 100,000 “hits” have already been registered to this website.