Winners of Evolution & Art Contest Announced

The winners of the Evolution & Art Contest put on by Charlie’s Playhouse have been announced. Click here to check ’em out! Again, here was Patrick’s entry, which, alas, did not win. But we had fun being a part of it…

"The ice polar bears lived on melted and polar bears evolved flippers to swim. Arctic waters were too cold so they moved to the tropics"

 

 

Deadline for Charlie’s Playhouse’s evolution and art contest

Today is the deadline for Charlie’s Playhouse’s evolution and art contest. See here for details.

Patrick’s entry, in the age 4-6 group – “Rainbow Bear”:

"The ice polar bears lived on melted and polar bears evolved flippers to swim. Arctic waters were too cold so they moved to the tropics"

Evolution and Art Contest from Charlie’s Playhouse

This Fall, Charlie’s Playhouse – the creator of the Evolution Timeline Playmat – is holding a contest for kids: pick an animal, pretend it becomes isolated on an island with a different environment, and imagine how that animal might evolve to adapt to its new environment. Turn that imagination into a drawing and there is your kid’s contest entry. More information on the judges and the prizes, and the entry forms for age groups 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 (all PDFs).

The contest begins today, Monday, September 13th and closes November 15, 2010.

Get off your computer and get your kid some crayons or markers!

Young Darwin Prize (UK)

UPDATE: Winners of first Young Darwin Prize announced

Young Darwin Prize

Young Darwin Prize

From NHM/IYB:

Young Darwin Prize

The Young Darwin Prize is a competition to find the best nature news videos.

If your school or community group is doing something practical to conserve biodiversity, why not make a short news report about it and enter our competition?

There are two entry categories; ages 7–11 years (Key Stage 2 or equivalent) and ages 11–14 years (Key Stage 3 or equivalent).

Groups of up to 10 children submit a short video, no longer than two and a half minutes, reporting on a local biodiversity project.

Entries can be uploaded and viewed on the competition website from 22 May 2010. The closing date is31 August 2010.

Our panel of experts will judge the entries and the winners will be announced in October.

The first prize is £500 for the winning group in each age category to visit to a local biodiversity site of special interest and class copies of a biodiversity book. Winners will be invited to a VIP event at the Natural History Museum to collect their prize and present their film. They will also go on a behind-the-scenes tour and meet a Museum scientist. Second prizes are class copies of a biodiversity book, free exhibition tickets and the opportunity to meet a Museum scientist.

The Young Darwin Prize is organised by the Natural History Museum, supported by Defra.



Vote for Me!

But it has nothing to do with Darwin….

Vote for my resusable shopping bag design for an opportunity to win a $1000 gift card to Fred Meyer and my design to be used. Here’s what to do:

1. Go here.

2. Click on “Search Bag Designs” on the right side of the page.

3. Search bag #42943 & vote for it!

Here’s my design:

I have 9 votes at this moment, the leader has over 11,000. Bring me to the top!

UK photography competition with Galapagos prize

From a message sent to me via Flickr:

UK photography competition with Galapagos prize

I wanted to contact you to see if I could mention a UK
photography competition on here, that is open to all UK
secondary schools (aged 11-19, so perfect for the members of
this group who are in the UK) and it is based around
Darwin’s studies and resources for UK schools.

The prize of the competition is a trip to the Galapagos
Islands to develop their photography; the competition website is
www.survivalrivals.org/competition/about.

Vancouver Celebrates Darwin

Drawing from Darwin

Drawing from Darwin

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Vancouver Evolution Festival are having a Darwin art competition, Drawing from Darwin. Details are here, and a cool poster advertisement (PDF). For their festivities, Vancouver biologist Greg Bole read a passage from The Voyage of the Beagle and On the Origin of Species:

We’ve seen Bole before as a young Darwin in this video.

Also from the Vancouver Evolution Festival are videos of its Darwin and You lecture series.

Londonist: Darwin Photographic Contest

From the londonist:

If Slow Exposure got you excited about photography and you’re hungry for a new brief, how about being inspired by Charles Darwin. Continuing his 200th birthday celebrations, the Grant Museum of Zoology in association with the Horniman and the Institute of Biology are holding the Darwin 200 Photography Competition and want your pictures on the wonderfully broad themes of exploration and investigation of nature. Entries could be from far off lands but we would love to see London’s wild side captured or, as they suggest, get down their respective museums and see what comes into your frame. The competition is open till October so you’ve got the whole summer to snap away. Enter here and don’t forget to upload your London shots to our Flickrpool tagged Londonist so we can see them too. Inspiration for our Natureist series very welcome.

Darwin Correspondence Project Essay Competition

From BSHS-OEC-NEWS listserve:

DARWIN CORRESPONDENCE PROJECT COMPETITION

The Darwin Correspondence Project will award two prizes of £1000 each for the best student essays on science and religion that use materials from Darwin’s letters. The competition is open to students from all disciplines, nationalities, and stages of education. One prize will be awarded to a university or post-graduate student; the maximum length for these submissions is 8000 words. The other prize will be awarded to a school student; the maximum length for these submissions is 3000 words. The essay must be in English. The closing date for submissions is 1 May 2009.

Essays that engage closely with Darwin’s correspondence, and that connect nineteenth-century debates about science and religion with current debates and concerns, are encouraged. Students are advised to use the Darwin and religion section of the website, which contains lists of correspondence on particular subjects, other historical materials, and modern commentaries. Students may also search the online database for other relevant letters.

The prizes are part of the Darwin Project’s initiative to make material from the correspondence on Darwin and religion available to a wide audience, and to encourage public engagement and historically informed debate on questions of science and religion. Support for this initiative has been given by the John Templeton Foundation. The prize essay will be published on the Darwin Correspondence Project’s website.

For further details, please contact Dr Paul White (psw24@cam.ac.uk). If you wish to submit an essay, please email it to Dr. White as an attachment in Microsoft Word, Open Office, Rich Text Format or plain text format.

Winners of the Darwin Limerick Contest!

With the help of some fellow Darwin bloggers (who did not enter the contest), I have decided on the winners of the Darwin Limerick Contest. Here again are the prizes:

1st place: A signed copy of David Quammen’s The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (hardcover). Remember, Quammen is connected with my history department, so it’s absolutely authentic.

2nd place: DVD of the 2 hour episode of PBS’s Evolution, “Darwin’s Dangerous Idea,” and Peter J. Bowler’s Charles Darwin: The Man and His Influence (softcover, 1990). The book is a second copy of mine, but in very good condition, and the DVD was mine also, but I no longer need it now that I own the entire Evolution series.

3rd place: Charles Darwin: On Evolution, edited by Thomas F. Glick and David Kohn (softcover, 1996). This is a second copy of mine. Some shelf wear and a cover crease, but in nice shape.

And the winners (out of 32 entries total) are:

1st place: Cuttlefish, with:

The object of all my affection
Just told me I failed her inspection!
So I guess that this means
It’s the end for my genes—
There’s a downside to natural selection!

2nd place: TT. France (from UK), with:

I’m frustrated and bored on this ship,
Out at sea with no specimens — zip!
And that rig-swinging crew —
They’re like apes in a zoo!
I fear nothing will come of this trip.

3rd place: Jim Pettit, with:

Many people still heap persecution
On those who espouse evolution.
Forgive such assault;
Is it really their fault
They’ve evolved with their brains Lilliputian?

Please contact me (darwinsbulldog AT gmail DOT com) to give me your mailing address. Some runners up were:

Adrian Thysse, with:

There was a young man from Shrewsbury
Who seldom did anything newsworthy.
Till one opportune day
He sailed away
On a Beagle known to be sea-worthy.

Cuttlefish, with:

While still a young man, Darwin went
On a trip—and the curious gent,
From the fractions of inches
Twixt beaks of his finches
Inferred there was common descent!

Bjørn Østman, with:

There once was a man named Chuck
Who said my cousin’s a duck
But that cannot be
My cousin you see
Is a baptist from Virginia Kentuck

Reminder: Darwin Limerick Contest

I have a few entries so far, and would love to get some more!

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Time to do something fun here at DoD. Send me your Darwin-themed limerick by Nov. 23rd, and I will select a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. The prizes are:

1st place: A signed copy of David Quammen’s The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (hardcover). Remember, Quammen is connected with my history department, so it’s absolutely authentic.

2nd place: DVD of the 2 hour episode of PBS’s Evolution, “Darwin’s Dangerous Idea,” and Peter J. Bowler’s Charles Darwin: The Man and His Influence (softcover, 1990). The book is a second copy of mine, but in very good condition, and the DVD was mine also, but I no longer need it now that I own the entire Evolution series.

3rd place: Charles Darwin: On Evolution, edited by Thomas F. Glick and David Kohn (softcover, 1996). This is a second copy of mine. Some shelf wear and a cover crease, but in nice shape.

Submit your Darwin limerick by commenting on this post or emailing me at darwinsbulldog AT gmail DOT com. Judging will be from myself, and possibly some fellow Darwin bloggers. Good luck!

Note: Limericks consist of five anapaestic lines. Lines 1, 2, and 5 of limericks have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another. Lines 3 and 4 of limericks have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other.

Darwin Limerick Contest

Time to do something fun here at DoD. Send me your Darwin-themed limerick by Nov. 23rd, and I will select a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. The prizes are:

1st place: A signed copy of David Quammen’s The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (hardcover). Remember, Quammen is connected with my history department, so it’s absolutely authentic.

2nd place: DVD of the 2 hour episode of PBS’s Evolution, “Darwin’s Dangerous Idea,” and Peter J. Bowler’s Charles Darwin: The Man and His Influence (softcover, 1990). The book is a second copy of mine, but in very good condition, and the DVD was mine also, but I no longer need it now that I own the entire Evolution series.

3rd place: Charles Darwin: On Evolution, edited by Thomas F. Glick and David Kohn (softcover, 1996). This is a second copy of mine. Some shelf wear and a cover crease, but in nice shape.

Submit your Darwin limerick by commenting on this post or emailing me at darwinsbulldog AT gmail DOT com. Judging will be from myself, and possibly some fellow Darwin bloggers. Good luck!

Note: Limericks consist of five anapaestic lines. Lines 1, 2, and 5 of limericks have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another. Lines 3 and 4 of limericks have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other.