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Koshland Science Museum Launches Interactive Web Challenges

Media Contact:
Amy Shaw, Koshland Science Museum
Tel.: 202-334-1201; ksm_media@nas.edu

June 29, 2012—WASHINGTON—The Koshland Science Museum launched its first web challenge—the first of a series encouraging people to use science to solve problems and investigate possible solutions for their communities.  

The first challenge, “Happiness Is,” asks people to create a short video describing the happiest moment of their life to highlight health and happiness at every age. The video challenge is part of the museum’s Life Lab exhibit about the science of healthy living and how the brain works. Video submissions are due July 18 and can be uploaded to YouTube. The museum will feature all relevant videos in the Life Lab exhibit and online. The best video will be announced July 23 and highlighted on the museum’s website.

“The web challenges are a wonderful way for people to participate in an interactive, online forum,” said Erika Shugart, Ph.D., deputy director of the Koshland Science Museum and developer of the challenges. “You can tour the museum in Washington, D.C., explore the exhibits online, and now participate in web challenges with others from all over the world.”

Future challenges will be judged by a panel of experts for accuracy. The winners of some challenges will be voted on by the public. Winning submissions will be featured on the museum’s website and during evening programs and special events.

“Through the web challenges, we hope to engage a wide range of people,” added Shugart. “The web challenges are open to all, and provide a fun and engaging way to share ideas with others and receive recognition for creative and scientifically-accurate submissions.”

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About the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences
The Koshland Science Museum invites teens and adults to interact with the issues in a thought-provoking setting. Whether exploring on their own or with friends, visitors have the opportunity to use science to solve problems and to engage in stimulating conversations. The Koshland Science Museum is located at 525 E St., N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://www.koshland-dc.org or call 202-334-1201.