Judging: Sample Entries


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Sample Entries

If you're considering entering the Christopher Columbus Awards competition, you probably have a few questions on your mind. For example, you might want to know what sorts of entries have made the cut in semifinalist judging or have even earned a place at the National Championship Event in past competition years. That's a reasonable request, and we're happy to oblige. Below are links to summaries of real semifinalist and finalist entries, presented here to help guide and motivate.

As you review the summaries, we hope you'll keep this in mind — these entries weren't selected by coincidence. They succeeded because the teams that submitted them paid careful attention to the Entry Components & Checklist. Christopher Columbus Awards entries like these share the following qualities of success — and so should yours!

  • Every entry addresses a relevant, student-selected issue. Identifying an original topic with direct relevance to your community is the first step.
  • Every entry is thoroughly researched. Researching your issue and documenting your findings is critical to developing a feasible solution.
  • Every entry presents a tested solution. Testing your solution to ensure its viability is as important as the solution itself.
  • Every entry is well written. Organization is key here. Read and re-read your entry to make sure it's clean and concise and follows a logical order.
  • Every entry includes a complementary visual presentation. The visual supports your overall entry, so use it wisely. It should clearly demonstrate your project concept.

If you follow these simple steps, you're well on your way to an exciting and rewarding experience. Good luck!

Remember — we're here to help you with your Christopher Columbus Awards entry, every step of the way. If you have any questions as you review these materials, please give us a call at 800-291-6020 or send e-mail to cca@edumedia.com. We can also put you in touch with other educators in your state or surrounding area who have been involved in the Christopher Columbus Awards competition before and can answer any questions you may have.

Following are links to summaries. Choose a title that intrigues you, or read all six for an extra burst of inspiration!

Quail Gone Quiet
S.O.S. – Save Our Stream
Multi-Sensory Fire Alarm to Wake Up Kids Fast
Batty 4 Bats
Heal Their Pain
Hot Rot
Pressure Blowout Smoke Diverter
Rez Protectors: Solving the Housing Problem
Science Squad