WASHINGTON (March 6, 2014)—National Geographic today announced the launch of the National Geographic Kids Engineering Exploration Challenge in the April issue of National Geographic Kids magazine. The Challenge gives budding engineers worldwide the opportunity to try to solve some of the technical problems that National Geographic explorers face in the ﬁeld every day.
From now until May 1, 2014, youngsters ages 6-18 are invited to develop and submit a solution to one of three challenges described on the Challenge website:
• Constructing a camera that can withstand an attack from an animal;
• Creating a camera that can be raised and lowered into a forest canopy; or
• Designing a wearable power system that can generate electricity to charge devices in the field without the use of an electrical outlet.
Some submitted solutions will be selected for presentation in a National Geographic Google+ Hangout in May, during which they will be tested by National Geographic engineers in the top-secret Engineering Lab.
“We hope the National Geographic Kids Engineering Exploration Challenge will spark children’s and teens’ interest in engineering while teaching fundamentals of engineering science and demonstrating the unique work undertaken by National Geographic explorers and grantees,” said Kathleen Schwille, vice president, education design and development, Education Programs, National Geographic. “National Geographic’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet, and we firmly believe that today’s most pressing global issues will be solved by tomorrow’s engineers.”
Individuals and groups interested in participating in the Challenge are invited to visit the website NatGeoEd.org/NGX for more information on the Challenge and how to submit solutions.
The National Geographic Kids Engineering Exploration Challenge is generously funded by Oracle.
About National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. National Geographic Kids magazine (10 issues per year) and Little Kids magazine (six issues per year) are photo-driven publications and are available on newsstands or by subscription in print and on tablets. The award-winning website kids.nationalgeographic.com excites kids about the planet through games, videos, contests, photos, quizzes and blogs about cultures, animals and destinations. National Geographic Kids Books is the leading nonfiction publisher with as many as 100 nonfiction titles each year, including the New York Times best-selling “Kids Almanac.” National Geographic Kids Games engages kids to learn through play with games like the online virtual animal world of Animal Jam and the interactive TV experience of Nat Geo Kinect TV. National Geographic Kids Apps bring the best of National Geographic Kids to smartphones and tablets.
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