Manny and his “Dalmation Mask”

[This comes from 12-year-old Manny, one of our readers.]

The Paradigm Challenge is one of the largest youth innovation competitions in the world. The challenge for 2016 was to come up with an idea, invention, or poster for fire safety or a way to prevent fires. They are giving away $100,000 to different age groups. Homeschoolers are welcome to participate and I figure, if they are giving away $ to kids across America… why not give it a try. The deadline for entries was May 1st. On May 11th, 100 finalists were announced and guess what…

I have been named as a Finalist in The Paradigm Challenge! More than 50,000 students participated, and my idea for reducing injuries and fatalities from home fires was selected as 1 of the top 100 entries! The Finalists are now competing to win a Public Choice award – the 10 entries with the most votes will win cash prizes ranging from $100 to $5,000. I would appreciate your help. You can see my video and vote for my entry by clicking this link: It will take you less than 3 minutes to log in and vote – it’s that simple. Thank you for your support!”

[Note from Teri: A panel of judges evaluate entries based on effectiveness, feasibility, originality, presentation, and collaboration. Members of the public can vote for their favorite finalists until August 30, 2016. In addition to the prize money, Project Paradigm intends to provide further support to help turn winning ideas into saved lives. Check out the top 100 Challenge entries and vote for your favorites here. The 2016-17 challenge will be launched on July 23, 2016.]

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