The U.S. Department of State and the Global SchoolNet Foundation have announced the 2006 "Doors to Diplomacy" award competition for middle school and high school students. The educational award program will recognize the student-created Global SchoolNet Web projects that best teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy.
The performance-based, collaborative project-design competition engages and benefits students in a variety of ways:
* Supports standards-based coursework
* Connects students to their local communities
* Increases students global perspective
* Increases real world, transferable skills
* Involves students in the assessment
* Teaches students 21st century, information-age skills (research, teamwork, project-management, publishing, digital media, audio, video)
Working in small teams with teacher-coaches, students must complete their projects by March 17, 2006. Winners will be announced in May 2006. Every team that completes a final entry will receive a special Doors to Diplomacy certificate to recognize their achievement. Each student member of the team that wins the "Doors to Diplomacy" receives a $2,000 scholarship, and the winning coaches' schools each receive a $500 cash award.
For a complete description and information about eligibility and judging criteria, visit http://globalschoolhouse.org/doors/
Source: Global SchoolNet, http://www.globalschoolnet.org