| The Contest is
CLOSED and a new one has begun.
Here are the rules of the contest:
- Only one entry per person.
- Use the official entry form (copies
of the form are acceptable) to write a poem about the nervous system in
the style for your age group (see below). To view the entry form, you
must have the Adobe Acrobat
Reader. If you cannot download the official entry form, contact Dr.
Chudler at email@example.com and he will
send you one via e-mail.
- Please type or print your poems so we can read them.
- All poems, limericks and haiku must have at least THREE lines and
CANNOT be longer than TEN lines. Material that is shorter than three
lines or longer than ten lines will not be read.
- All material must have a neuroscience theme
such as brain anatomy (a part of the brain), brain function (memory,
language, emotions, movement, etc.), drug abuse or brain health (helmets,
brain disorders, etc.).
Be creative! Use your brain!
- Entries will be divided into four age groups.
If you are in Kindergarten to Grade 2, your poem can be in any
style; it doesn't even have to rhyme.
If you are in Grade 3 to Grade 5, your poem must rhyme. You can
rhyme the last words on lines one and two; the last words on lines three
and four, etc. or you can choose your own pattern.
If you are in Grade 6 to Grade 8, your poem must be in the form of
a limerick. A limerick has 5 lines; lines one, two and five rhyme with
each other and have the same number of syllables; lines three and four
rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables.
The brain is important, that's true,
For all things a person will do,
From reading to writing,
To skiing to biting,
It makes up the person who's you.
If you are in Grade 9 to Grade 12, you poem must be in the form of
a haiku. A haiku has only THREE lines. Also, haiku MUST use the
following pattern: 5 syllables in the first line; 7 syllables in the
second line; 5 syllables in the third line.
Three pounds of jelly
wobbling around in my skull
and it can do math.
- To enter the contest, mail your completed entry form with your poem
Dr. Eric H. Chudler
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-6540
Entries must be MAILED by "regular" mail.
NOT be accepted by e-mail.
- Entries must be received by February 1,
2002 and cannot be returned.
- People and their families associated with the Neuroscience for Kids
web site are not eligible to enter the contest.
- Poems will be judged by the staff of Neuroscience for Kids on the
basis of originality, scientific accuracy and overall style.
- At least one winner from each group will be selected. Winners will
be announced on March 1 and will be notified by e-mail or regular mail.
The winner agrees to allow Neuroscience for Kids to publish his/her name
and poem on the Neuroscience for Kids web site. Winner addresses and
e-mail addresses will NOT be published.
- All materials received will become the property of Neuroscience for
Kids and will not be returned. Neuroscience for Kids will not be
responsible for entries that are damaged or lost in the mail.
- Winners will be awarded a book (including those from Capstone Press, Millbrook Press, Copper Beech Books
Century Book) related to neuroscience. Prizes will be mailed to the
address listed on the winner's entry form.
by Terri DeGezelle,
(MN): Bridgestone Books, 2002
by Helen Frost, Mankato (MN):
Pebble Books, 2000
|101 Questions Your Brain Has Asked About Itself but
Couldn't Answer ... Until Now
by Faith Hickman Brynie, Brookfield
(CT): The Millbrook Press,
|Medicine's Brave New World by Margaret O. Hyde and
John F. Setaro, Brookfield (CT): Twenty-First Century Books,
- Void where prohibited by law. Questions about this contest should be
directed to Dr. Chudler at: firstname.lastname@example.org