DuPont Sponsors Premiere Science Competition for 24th Year

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Company Calls for Entries to DuPont Challenge© 2010 Science Essay Competition to Increase Science Literacy

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Technical competency is imperative in a society in which success depends on the ever-increasing use of science and technology in daily life

DuPont announced the call for entries to the DuPont Challenge© 2010 Science Essay Competition. Now in its 24th year, the DuPont Challenge© is one of the premiere science competitions in North America, inspiring students to excel in scientific writing.

“Technical competency is imperative in a society in which success depends on the ever-increasing use of science and technology in daily life,” said DuPont Senior Vice President and Chief Science & Technology Officer Uma Chowdhry. “Through the DuPont Challenge©, the company hopes to motivate students to develop skills and gain confidence in communicating technical ideas.”

The DuPont Challenge© gives students the opportunity to write a 700–1,000-word essay discussing a scientific discovery, theory, event, or technological application that has captured their interest. The range of possible essay topics is as broad as science itself. Essays are judged based on ideas and content, mechanics and conventions, organization, style, creativity and originality. All entries must be received by midnight Jan. 31, 2010. The DuPont Challenge© attracts more than 10,000 entries annually.

Students from grades 7-12 are eligible to take part in the DuPont Challenge©, and essays are evaluated in two divisions: Junior Division (grades 7, 8, and 9) and Senior Division (grades 10, 11, and 12). Each division is judged by National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)-selected science teachers from across the United States, and scientists from NASA and DuPont. In each division, the first, second and third-place winners will receive $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 U.S. Savings Bonds, respectively. All three winners in each division will receive an expenses-paid trip to The Walt Disney World® Resort and Kennedy Space Center, accompanied by a parent. Honorable mentions will each receive a $200 U.S. Savings Bond.

In 2009, the first-place Senior Division winner wrote about an African beetle in the Namib Desert whose ability to capture water droplets on its back from air moisture could help solve a major world problem: a looming shortage of fresh water. In the Junior Division, the top winner explained how wasps and bees possess such a powerful sense of smell that they could potentially be trained to track down the peculiar scents of TNT bombs, certain drugs, landmines and even cancer.

In recognition of the role that teachers play in encouraging students to excel, the DuPont Challenge© rewards the unique contributions made by the science teachers of the winning students. Each sponsoring teacher of a first- or second-place winner will receive a $500 education grant. Teachers of the third-place winners will receive a $250 education grant. All sponsoring teachers of the three top winners will receive an expenses-paid trip with the student and parent to The Walt Disney World® Resort and Kennedy Space Center. The sponsoring teachers of the first-place winners will receive a DuPont-sponsored trip to the 2011 NSTA national conference to be held in San Francisco, Calif.

For more information on how to participate in the The DuPont Challenge© -- including a copy of all rules, regulations and entry forms -- students and teachers should visit The DuPont Challenge© 2010 Science Essay Competition website at Due to the high volume of essays received, all essays must be submitted electronically at: No essays submitted in hard copy via mail or any other carrier or courier service can be accepted.

The DuPont Challenge© 2010 Science Essay Competition is sponsored by the DuPont Center for Collaborative Research & Education in cooperation with A+ Media, NASA, Kennedy Space Center, The Walt Disney World® Resort, and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont(TM), The miracles of science(TM), and DuPont Challenge© are registered trademarks, trademarks or copyrights of DuPont or its affiliates.

Walt Disney World® is a registered trademark of Walt Disney Company.

Michelle Reardon


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