Educational Website Science NetLinks Launches Contest

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Identify a science-related object based on its close-up picture in the new Mystery Image Contest.

Think you’re clever at noticing details? Are you able to piece together the whole picture from just the barest fragment? Then Science NetLinks invites you to participate in its new Mystery Image Contest, a recently added feature on its site.

The Mystery Image Contest ( or offers site visitors the chance to identify a science-related object based on a close-up picture of it. At the conclusion of the contest, winners will be randomly selected and additional information about the zoomed-out image will be provided. This month’s contest runs Sept. 9-23.

Although individual contestants must be 18 or older, teachers are welcome to enter on behalf of their class. The September contest offers two prizes, as a special back-to-school incentive to encourage classroom participation. The individual prize will be an "I [heart] Science" t-shirt and matching mug from AAAS, and the classroom winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Carolina Biological Supply Company.

The point of the contest is to broaden site visitors’ exposure to the many different aspects of science and to encourage curiosity and attention to detail, traits universally embraced by scientists.

Science NetLinks, which can be found at, is a K–12 science education resource offering free standards-aligned lessons, interactives, tools, podcasts, and hands-on activities for teachers, students, and families. The site, which was named one of the 2013 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning by the American Association of School Librarians, is produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The non-profit AAAS ( is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more.

Science NetLinks is part of (, the Verizon Foundation’s award-winning educational website with tens of thousands of free, engaging materials for teachers and students. This comprehensive resource includes K-12 lesson plans, in-class activities, and videos, all searchable by grade level, keyword, or subject. The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company's innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, health care, and energy management.

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