2012 Hands-On Explorer Challenge!

Are you a student age 9-14 who likes to travel and go on adventures? How does a National Geographic trip to the wilds of Montana sound? If your ears are perking up at the thought, then you should enter the 2012 Hands-On Explorer Challenge! The contest began on September 20, 2011 and applications are being accepted until January 7, 2012. Read more about the competition below to find out how to enter!

handson.JPGApplication: Talk about yourself and take a photo!

1. In an essay of 300 words or fewer, tell us how you explore your world, and what it is about exploration that inspires and excites you.

2. Take a photograph of what, where, or how you explore the subject of your essay. You must be the photographer. The essay and the photograph must each be a single work of original material created by the contest entrant (no asking Mom or Dad to do it!)

Fifteen Grand Prize Winners will be selected. The Grand Prize consists of a 7-10-day Expedition to Montana, provided by Montana Office of Tourism, Department of Commerce, for each Winner and his/her guest, and one digital camera. The Expedition is currently scheduled for July 2012, but is subject to change at the discretion of Sponsor. Each Winner’s guest on the Expedition must be his/her parent or legal guardian. The Expedition includes meals, local transportation, and double occupancy accommodations for the Expedition nights. Expedition also includes round trip air transportation for each Winner and his/her guest between the major airport closest to that Winner’s home and the Expedition departure point (air transport provided by NGS).

To enter, visit kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/contests/explorer-trip-2012, download, print, and complete an entry form; and be sure to include your parent’s or legal guardian’s signature. Mail your completed entry form along with your essay and photograph to: NG Kids Hands-On Explorer Challenge, National Geographic Kids magazine/CDH, 1145 17th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Entry form must be complete for entry to be valid.

Good luck explorers!

Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States and Canada
(excluding residents of Quebec) who are ages nine to fourteen (9-14) as
of July 1, 2012. Entrants must have a parent’s or legal guardian’s
permission to enter. Read complete contest qualifications here.

Looking for Hands-on Explorer inspiration? Check out the National
Geographic Education explorer-themed recommended reading list! Here you
will find an awesome selection of adventures written by famous explorers
of the earth, a perfect resource to get you started thinking about your
own explorer essay!

Photo Credits: National Geographic Kids, Erich Barth (Your Shot)
–Julia from My Wonderful World

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