McGraw-Hill Education announced today the launch of a new student art contest called “This is My Math” designed to fully engage K-5 students from around the country in the meaning of math and give them the opportunity to have their winning artwork featured on the next elementary math program from McGraw-Hill called My Math.
In addition to this recognition, the 12 winning students, two from each grade K-5, will have their artwork displayed at the brand new Museum of Mathematics when it opens next year in New York City.
Teachers will submit their students’ artwork and have the chance to win nearly $15,000 per teacher in fun and functional classroom prizes through the generous support of contest sponsors including Promethean, netTrekker, Psychological Software Solutions, Intel, Texas Instruments, eInstruction, VWR Education/Science Kit, The Math Forum @ Drexel and Crayola.
Students are asked to reflect on the importance of math and illustrate the theme “What Math Means to Me” through their artwork. Teachers will submit the art with an accompanying student-created narrative through a special contest website, https://www.mheonline.com/.
The 12 contest winners, to be announced after December 5, will be selected by a panel of judges including notable individuals from the worlds of education, art and the media.
The judges are award-winning children’s book illustrator R.W. Alley, 2011 Florida Teacher of the Year Cheryl Conley, educator and business blogger Liz Strauss, Museum of Mathematics chief of operations Cindy Lawrence, author and literacy consultant Timothy Shanahan, Crayola Director of Child Development Cheri Sterman, author, composer, and television producer Christopher Cerf, Charlotte Observer arts writer Lawrence Toppman, Scholastic Administrator executive editor Wayne D’Orio and Art + Auction editor Sarah Hanson. In addition to the judging panel, members of the general public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artwork through an online voting system available at https://www.mheonline.com/.
“The My Math student artwork contest provides an opportunity for both students and teachers to engage in meaningful discussion and reflect on the importance of math in their everyday lives,” said Lisa O’Masta, vice president, McGraw-Hill School Education. “By empowering young students to contribute their art to this exciting new math program, we have mirrored the core My Math philosophy of interactive learning.”
The “This is My Math” art contest is being hosted by Shycast. For more information about the contest, rules and guidelines, prize packages, judging criteria and entry information, please visit https://www.mheonline.com/.