Essay & Video Contest From Stossel in the Classroom


 2016-2017 Tech Revolution Essay & Video Contest

The Stossel in the Classroom website sponsors an annual essay contest and this year they are also offering students a chance to compete in a video contest.

Enter your essays for consideration by Friday February 17, 2017 or your videos no later than Monday, February 27, 2017.

Students can win cash prizes and a trip to New York when they enter this contest.

Students aged 12-18 can enter the essay contest and this year, students aged 14-23 can enter the new video contest as well.

Essay Topic

ESSAY/VIDEO TOPIC: “Technological innovation has changed our lives, mostly for the better,but some innovation raises safety questions. Some threatens existing businesses. What should America do about that?

John Stossel raises a few such issues in his TV special, Tech Revolution, but there are probably many others. After watching these five segments from John’s special, write a 500-1000-word essay on this topic, making a case for how you think government policy should deal with innovation in order to bring the greatest gains to society. Include your own examples of innovation at work, innovation that is being stifled by government rules, and/or negative results of too much or too little government oversight to bolster your argument, and make at least one reference to the TV special.

Free Resources for Educators

To view the free online streaming videos about Tech that are referenced above, and to get all the details about the conference, visit the Stossel in the Classroom WEBSITE.

While you are there, take a look at the many free resources available to homeschoolers and classroom teachers.

Free online videos will stimulate discussion about important issues such as technology, business, economics and current events.

Tips for Essay Writers

Essays should be 500-1000 words in length. Submissions that do not meet this requirement, or that exceed it, will be disqualified.

All essays must be the original work of the student whose name is listed on the submission form. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.

From the Website:

We recommend all students read our list of Tips for Essay Writers. This will help you avoid common mistakes that could cost you prize money!

Many essays in previous contests would have received higher grades if only the writers had carefully read over the essays before submitting them.

Every year, we must disregard hundreds of essays because of simple spelling, punctuation, grammar, and factual errors (such as misquoting people in the video).

WE HOPE THESE TIPS WILL HELP YOU PUT YOUR BEST ESSAY FORWARD:

  • Proofread your essay.
  • Have someone else proofread your essay (no, that’s not cheating).
  • Ensure that all names are spelled correctly.
  • Check grammar rules if you’re unsure.
  • Check your facts.
  • Double-check quotes.
  • Additional research, while not required, will earn you extra points.
  • Broadening discussion to areas not discussed in the video is crucial to winning a top prize.
  • DON’T rehash what is in the video or report only on examples in the video.
  • DO use the video as a springboard to present your own angle on the issues and explore new examples.

We want students to know that their essays are carefully judged, with a standard of fairness and respect for the students’ hard work. Our judging process applies a battery of set standards for levels of quality. All essays are graded in these areas:

  • Originality (is the essay based on original arguments, going beyond points made by John and information included in the video, building a case that is logical and persuasive?)
  • Conceptual Understanding
  • Factual Accuracy
  • How Interesting Is It?
  • Structure (including vocabulary and writing style)
  • Grammar/Spelling/Punctuation
  • Addresses the Topic and Reference the Video?

Each essay submitted will be moved through a selective and rigorous judicial process that you can read about HERE.

Eligibility

The contest is open to writers who will be aged 12-18 at some point during the contest period (Nov. 16, 2016-Feb. 17, 2017).

All entries must be submitted by a teacher, parent, or legal guardian.

Teachers, parents, and guardians may submit unlimited entries, but not more than one for the same essay writer.

Previous winners of a Stossel in the Classroom prize trip are not eligible for prizes in our subsequent contests.

Essays must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time, February 17, 2017.

First Annual Tech Revolution Video Submissions

Teachers, help your students earn great prizes by entering them in Stossel in the Classroom’s first annual video contest, for students aged 14-23!

We have prizes for teachers, too! And teachers submitting winning essays also win the trip to New York!

Teachers may submit an unlimited number of student videos on our website between now and the February 27th deadline.

Video Submissions

Have your students view the five segments on this page from John Stossel’s Tech Revolution Fox News hour, and create a 1-3 minute video to submit to our contest.

Students who are at least 18 years old may submit their own videos.

Video Topic will be the same as the essay topic above.

After watching these five segments from John’s special, create a 1-3-minute video on this topic, making a case for how you think government policy should deal with innovation in order to bring the greatest gains to society. Include your own examples of innovation at work, innovation that is being stifled by government rules, and/or negative results of too much or too little government oversight to illustrate your argument.

The video deadline is February 27th, 2017. Please view full details HERE.

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Even if your students have no interest in the contest, there are a lot of great free resources at the website and links to additional resources including resources on personal finance and higher education for high school students too.

These contests are open to all students including those attending public, private and homeschools!

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