It is great to see companies embrace homeschooling as equal with public and private schools. It is good to know that corporate America is "Thinking Outside the Box". I hope that many homeschoolers will enter this contest. My children are sadly too young this year to do so. Winners will receive up to $10,000 in savings bonds as well as a trip to New York City! Read below for full details and make sure to pass the word on!
Are You America’s Next Great Inventor?
Sealed Air Launches 1st ‘Bubble Wrap® Competition for Young Inventors’
What: Sealed Air Corporation, the creator of Bubble Wrap® cushioning, is sponsoring the first-ever Bubble Wrap® Competition for Young Inventors to encourage students in grades 5-8 to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporates the use of Bubble Wrap® cushioning.
When: The deadline for entries is December 8, 2006. Three finalists will win a three-day trip to New York City, where the Grand Prize Winner will be announced on Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day, January 29, 2007.
Prizes: The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $10,000 savings bond, while the 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive $5,000 and $3,000 respectively in savings bonds. The teacher/mentor of each finalist will receive a $500 gift card.
Background: Bubble Wrap® cushioning was invented in 1960 by Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, and was originally intended to be used as textured wallpaper; however, the two inventors quickly realized it was actually a superior cushioning material and went on to found Sealed Air Corporation, now a global, Fortune 500 company that offers a wide range of packaging solutions and has annual sales in excess of $4 billion.
Sealed Air is widely recognized for its strong commitment to innovation and continues to be an industry leader in research and development.
How to Enter: Young Inventors must be students in grades 5 to 8 for the school year 2006-2007. Original inventions must incorporate the use of Bubble Wrap® cushioning. Entries must include a visual and written description that includes the name of the invention, the purpose it serves, how it works, and how the idea was formulated. The description must be no more than 1,000 words.
Web site: http://nmoe.org/bubblewrap/index.html
Contest Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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