To “help normalize mask wearing” in the community, the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) in California has launched a contest for students that will award the winners thousands of dollars in technology grants for their schools.
There are three categories in the contest: mask art, written essay, and social video. Entrants will be split into age groups including elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
“The three entries with the highest scores in each entry category for each school level will be named winners,” according to the agency’s website.
A total of 27 technology grants will be awarded: $7,000 for nine first-place winners, $6,000 for nine second-place winners, and $5,000 for nine third-place winners. The grants can be used to buy WiFi hotspots or other technology equipment for the winners’ schools.
The winning mask design in each of the county’s five districts will also be produced for students in those schools to wear.
For the projects, students are encouraged either to come up with a mask design that they think everyone will want to wear, explain why wearing a mask is important in a 300 to 400 word essay, or create an original video that shows the benefits of wearing a mask in 60 seconds or less.
Students are being asked to have fun, get creative, and do their best to make a project “that entertains and educates how awesome wearing a mask can be.”
The entries will be judged based on originality, creativity, technical skill, artistic value, and how well they encourage people to wear a mask.
The students can find a mask template and a helpful downloadable toolkit, including the official entry form, on the website. The deadline for entry is Nov. 19 at 11:59 p.m, and winners will be posted by Dec. 4 at 11:59 p.m.
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