John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Announces Competition Deadline 22 January-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, January 15, 2010

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Announces Competition Deadline 22 January

The competition will offer designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, researchers, and others the opportunity to build experiences and create ideas with the potential to transform learning through the use of digital media

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the Digital Media and Learning Competition, a $2 million open competition for ideas with the potential to transform learning using digital media.

The competition seeks designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, researchers, and others to build digital media experiences — the learning labs of the 21st century — that help young people interact, share, build, and explore in new and innovative ways. Supported by a grant to the University of California at Irvine, the competition was planned and announced in partnership with National Lab Day, a movement to revitalize science, technology, engineering, and math in schools that was highlighted at a recent White House event.

The competition is designed to promote "participatory learning," the notion that young people often learn best through sharing and involvement. Participatory learning, as defined by the competition, is a form of learning connected to individual interests and passions, inherently social in nature, and occurring during hands-on, creative activities. Successful learning labs and games will exploit all of these elements.

Awards will be made in two categories: 21st Century Learning Lab Designers and Game Changers. The competition includes three rounds of submissions, with public comment at each stage. The public will also be invited to judge the final candidates, including the selection of People's Choice awards in each category.

The 2010 Digital Media and Learning Competition includes three rounds of submission. The public will have the opportunity to review all submissions at each stage and is invited to provide comments intended to strengthen the application and/or to assist judges in their considerations or ask questions to help clarify the application. The competition will invite the public to judge the final list of candidates.

The application system opens on January 15, 2010. During this period, applicants are encouraged to seek partnerships with other applicants that may make either or both proposed projects stronger. Preliminary applications are due on January 22, 2010.

Visit the competition Web site for complete program guidelines. [Link]

View the RFP [Link]