April 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Guinness World Records Asks Kids to Think Big in New Contest

Guinness World Records wants to know what records children would try to set in the next 20 years if they had the chance. The “Records of the Future Challenge” is open to 7- to 12-year-olds and runs through December 1.

For the contest, participants can enter an original poem, song, video, rap, poster or short essay. Entries must be a maximum of 100 words. Submissions can be made online. The grand prize winner receives $750, a 2016 Guinness World Records book, and a mention in the 2017 edition. The winner also gets to nominate a teacher to win $250 for classroom supplies. Ten semifinalists will each receive the 2016 book.

Guinness World Records is holding the contest in partnership with By Kids For Kids, which runs challenges and educational events designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in students and to support the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards .

“The Records of the Future Challenge is a fun and creative way to encourage kids to read and write,” Tavia Levy, a spokeswoman with Guinness World Records, said in a press release. “I am looking forward to seeing some of these kids break these records in the future.”


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SLJ contributor Linda Jacobson is an education writer and editor based in the Los Angeles area.