2017 KIDS PHILOSOPHY SLAM RULES

2017 Topic: Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword?

Postmark Deadline for all entries: March 10th 2017.

Over $3,000 in Prizes.

 

Complete rules and guidelines for:

Most Philosophical School in America

Kindergarten — 2nd grade

3rd grade — 5th grade

6th — 8th grade

High School 9th-12th grade

Special Philosophy Slam

International entries


Registration information & entry guidelines:
Teachers may register when entries are submitted. To register, please include all of the following information on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper: complete school name, street address and phone number, name of contact person, e-mail address and phone number. There is a $25 registration fee for schools to participate. Along with your school contact information, please send the registration fee of $25 made out to KPS. Mail registration information along with submissions to: Kids Philosophy Slam P.O. Box 406, Lanesboro, MN 55949. **Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope to acknowledge receipt of your entries by the Kids Philosophy Slam. Home school entries are encouraged, and the registration fee is $2 per home school. Entry guidelines are the same for all schools. Due to the volume of entries submitted, essays and artwork cannot be returned.

Teachers—if you would like to be on our mailing list, or if you have questions, please e-mail us at thekidsphilosphyslam@gmail.org and include your name and school mailing address and phone number.

 

Schools & Teachers Submitting Entries:

All Kids Philosophy Slam entries must be clearly labeled with student name, age, grade, teacher, school, school address, school phone number and teacher e-mail address. For essays, put this information on the TOP FRONT of your essay. For artwork, please securely label this information on the TOP BACK of the artwork only. Mail submissions along with registration info to: Kids Philosophy Slam P.O. Box 406, Lanesboro, MN 55949. On a separate sheet of paper, please include school contact information, the total number of entries submitted from your school and the total number of entries from each grade level. **Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope to acknowledge receipt of your entries by the Kids Philosophy Slam.

Entering the Kids Philosophy Slam is easy! Since everyone has experiences in life, the Kids Philosophy Slam asks kids to write, create poetry, or create artwork regarding a philosophical question posed each year. Any student from Kindergarten through 12th grade can enter, including special education students. There is a $25 registration fee for schools and a $2 registration fee per household for home school students. Each grade level will have its own National winner. For example: The top 1st grade winner will earn the title of "Most Philosophical 1st grader in America", up to 8th grade. High school students will compete for the "Most Philosophical Student in America" title and all national winners will be announced in June of 2017.

The Most Philosophical School in America

Schools competing for the title of "The Most Philosophical School in America" should include on a separate cover sheet the following information in addition to all entries submitted: Name of contact personphone number and e-mail address for your school, the total number of entries submitted by your school, the total number of students enrolled in your school, and description of supplemental school initiative information enclosed.

The Most Philosophical School in America will be determined by the following criteria: School initiative, philosophical creativity and overall excellence of the entries submitted. School initiatives may vary from submitting a school video showing students engaging in a philosophical project, podcasts, philosophical conversations, or simply encouraging other schools or countries to participate in the Slam. School initiative is a chance to be creative and showcase your school, whether its has 100 students or 3,000 students! The winning school will receive a $200 cash prize and will be included in all national press releases and will be announced in June of 2017.

Kindergarten — 2nd grade

Younger students may paint, draw a picture or use any combination of words and pictures to express their feelings or ideas about the topic:

"Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword?" Entries in this age category will be judged on creativity, originality and overall strength of the message the student is conveying. A national winner will be chosen from each grade level. Younger students may respond to revised questions, "What does the impact of the pen mean to you?" Or, "What does the impact of the sword mean to you?"

3rd grade — 5th Grade

Students may create artwork, paint, draw a picture or write an essay to express their feelings or ideas about the topic:"Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword ?" Students may use any creative combination of words and artwork or write an essay, short story or poetry about the topic. Judging: Entries in this age category will be judged on creativity, originality and overall strength of the message the student is conveying. A national winner will be chosen from each grade level. A national winner for best artwork will also be selected.

6th Grade — 8th Grade

This age category may write prose, poetry, or write an essay of 500 words or less, answering the philosophical question: "Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword ?" Essays may be based upon personal experiences, observations or through research and historical context. Judging will be based on the following criteria: Originality and creativity, strength of philosophical argument, spelling and grammar. A national winner will be chosen from each grade. A national musical winner will also be selected.

Grades 9th — 12th

High school students may write an essay of 500 words or less, answering the philosophical question:"Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword?" Students may write essays based on research, historical context and philosophical references, though personal experiences and observations may also be included. Four finalists from this category will be announced in April and "The Most Philosophical Student in America" will then be determined by a national philosophical panel of judges and announced in June of 2017.

Judging: A panel of philosophers, educators and parents will conduct the judging. High school judging is based on the following criteria: Strength of philosophical argument, originality and creativity, clarity, basis of the essay in personal experience if applicable, spelling and grammar. The top two finalists from each state will be selected for the semi-final round, and then four finalists will be selected and announced in June of 2017. All other winners, including The Most Philosophical Student in America, will be announced in June of 2017.

Special Philosophy Slam:

For all grade levels K- 12, the Special Philosophy Slam is designed to make philosophy accessible to all kids of all abilities. There will be a participation certificate available for printing or downloading on the philosophyslam.org web site for all Special Philosophy Slam participants. Students may paint, draw a picture or use any combination of words and pictures or write an essay to express their feelings or ideas about the topic: "Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword?" Judging: Entries in this category will be judged more on creativity, originality, and overall intent of the message the student is conveying. Teachers: Please clearly identify Special Slam entries at the top of each entry.

International Entries:

There will be awards for the top three international entries and the overall best international entry will receive $100 and a blue ribbon medal. Please submit all essays in English. International entrants should follow all the submission guidelines above. There are no entry fees for international entries.

**Due to the volume of entries submitted, essays and artwork cannot be returned. Please copy or document student work before submitting.
Winning essays and artwork may be selected to appear on the Kids Philosophy Slam web site and or be used for promotional purposes for Kids Philosophy Slam. There is a $25 registration fee for schools to participate.


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