Stick Science Contest: Judging
There will be first, second, and third place winners.
Entries will be judged in three areas:
1. Accuracy -- Correct portrayal of science concepts.
2. Creativity -- Did you convey your point in a way that will stick in the "average person's" mind?
3. Clarity -- Can we make sense of what you wrote and what you drew? You will not be judged on artistic talent, but the work needs to be clean enough for us to tell what is going on.
There will be two rounds of judging. First, all entries will be judged by a panel of Florida Citizens for Science members. They will whittle the entries down to a top 10. Those entries will then be presented to our "celebrity" judges who will pick the final winners.
Your celebrity judges are:
- Genie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education.
- Carl Zimmer, science writer whose articles regularly appear in the New York Times and Discover magazine, "The Loom" blogger at Discover magazine, and author whose latest book is The Tangled Bank, An Introduction to Evolution.
- Jorge Cham, writer and artist of Piled Higher and Deeper, a comic strip about life, or the lack thereof, in academia. He was a Research Associate at Caltech from 2003-2005 and obtained a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, specializing in Robotics.
- Jay Hosler, author and illustrator of science-oriented comics such as The Sandwalk Adventures, and Optical Allusions. He is also an entomologist and associate professor of biology at Juniata College.
What will happen to your cartoons:
The winning cartoons may actually be used to educate the public through Florida Citizens for Science, the National Center for Science Education, and other pro-science groups/organizations. The cartoons may be used in flyers to lawmakers, on websites, or we can maybe even get them published in newspapers, pamphlets or books. The educational sky is the limit.