COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 8

February 12, 2008

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE/SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Linda M. Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

By Kids For Kids Program

 

I am pleased to bring to your attention the By Kids For Kids (BKFK) program. This program inspires young innovators to create and share their ideas and inventions.

 

Included on the BKFK website, www.bkfk.com, are materials to help classroom teachers instruct students on how to apply critical and creative thinking and problem-solving skills through the activity of creating an invention.

 

In 2008, BKFK is planning 16 competitions throughout the year for students in all disciplines. These competitions recognize student inventions and bring the most creative ideas to the marketplace at no expense to either the school or to the parents. The current competitions include the Say It Digital Art Challenge, the Build It Sports Evolution Challenge, the Design It Signature Style Challenge, and the Change It Going Green Challenge. Submissions for both the current national competition and current state of Virginia competition are due by noon on March 31, 2008. Prizes are awarded at both the state and national levels. For competition information visit the BKFK website at www.bkfk.com. For additional information, please contact Barbara Young, elementary science specialist, via e-mail at Barbara.young@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2676.

 

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