Frequently Asked Questions
Who can submit?
What are the submission criteria?
How do I submit my artwork?
How big should the artwork be?
What orientation for the artwork should be used?
Can submissions have more than one artist?
How can teachers and parents help?
When and where will the winning submissions be displayed?
What is the deadline for submitting artwork?
If submitting the artwork electronically, what format should be used?
Any K-12 student in Massachusetts is eligible for the Cool Science competition.
2. What are the submission criteria?
- Answers one of the three Cool Science questions.
- White paper/ canvas
- No photographs or clipart
- All original work by student
- Complete and signed registration form
3. How do I submit my artwork?
Entries can be submitted electronically or hardcopy by mail.If entries are submitted online, you can complete the online registration. If you choose to send your artwork through the mail, you must tape a complete and signed registration form to the back of your artwork.
4. How big should the artwork be?
The canvas/paper should be 24 inches wide and 9 inches tall.
The artwork should maintain a 1 inch border all the way around the canvas. This means that for the 24” x 9” canvas, you have a 22” x 7” work space.
5. What orientation for the artwork should be used?
All projects must be composed using a landscape orientation.
6. Can submissions have more than one artist?
Unfortunately, co-authorship for this competition are not allowed.
7. How can teachers and parents help?
Teachers and parents are encouraged to support students’ efforts to create and submit an entry to the Cool Science competition. Teachers and parents can be helpful in discussing the science of climate change, providing supplies, and solving technical issues with students. However, all creative work must be done by the student(s). See the Teachers and Parents page for more information. Parents can be very helpful in ensuring that the science communicated in the artwork is accurate and valid.
8. When and where will the winning submissions be displayed?
Selected submissions will be displayed on the outside of buses, inside of buses, and the bus station in Lowell, Massachusetts during the first half of 2014.
9. What is the deadline for submitting artwork?
All entries must be submitted by November 22, 2013. If mailing a hard copy of your submission, than the package must be post-marked by November 22, 2013.
Artwork files submitted electronically should be saved as a GIF or JPEG file with a resolution of 300 dpi. If submitting a digital picture of the artwork, take lots of pictures under different lighting conditions to pick the one that looks best. Blurry, out-of-focus, and cut off images are not helpful.