Is your child interested in science, technology, engineering, math, or health phenomena?

This New York Times writing contest could be just the thing to enrich the next few weeks of lockdown.

The contest is sponsored by The New York Times Learning Network, a service for teachers that offers free resources based on the content of the newspaper.

The contest dates are January 19—March 2, 2021. The winning entry will be published in the Learning Network section of The New York Times.

Students are to choose an issue in one of the five specified areas of interest and then write an engaging 500-word explanation.

Sample questions
Why do scientists study tree rings?
How does a Covid-19 vaccine work?
Why do people miss hugging?
Why is handwriting an effective tool of learning?

This is an opportunity for students to use their writing skills to deepen their thinking by explaining an issue to a general audience.

You can find all contest information and guidelines here.

NOTE: All high school teachers and students in the United States can gain free access to The New York Times for the 2020-2021 school year here

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