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Evolution & Art Contest for Kids!

cpeaKate Miller, the creative genius behind Charlie’s Playhouse, is sponsoring an evolution art contest for kids. And like everything that comes out of Charlie’s Playhouse, it’s clever and fun.

Kids pick an existing animal, imagine a bunch of them stuck on an island with an environment different from the one they’re accustomed to, then draw the animal after it has evolved to the new conditions. It’s a well-conceived thought problem that underlines the essential principles of natural selection in a fun, accessible way — Darwin’s finches for kids.

Kate has lined up a great panel of judges — Steve Jenkins, author of Life on Earth: The Story of Evolution; Lisa Westberg Peters, author of Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story; blogger Jenny Williams of GeekDad and GeekMom; and cool kids Caleb (6), Izzy (10), and Maiya (9).

Three age categories (4-6, 7-9, 10-12) with awesome prizes for the winner of each.

Deadline for entries is November 15, and winners will be announced December 6.

Learn more and download contest instructions

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  1. Dale, thanks for posting this! My kids are so jazzed about it. I am thrilled with the conversations this has inspired! They are really utilizing their prior knowledge and thinking deeply to come up with a great project…and we haven’t even sharpened our art pencils!

    Comment: deb – 16. September 2010 @ 8:37 pm

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