CDC challenges kids and teens to a poster design contest! You can draw, paint, or use a computer to design a poster to help educate other kids and teens about concussion safety.

CDC’s Injury Center is asking kids and teens to send in posters they create on concussion safety. Using concussion safety key messages created by CDC (listed below), or creating their own, kids and teens can draw, paint, or use a computer to design a poster. The poster should be designed to help educate other kids and teens about how to spot a concussion or other serious brain injury, what to do if someone may have a concussion or other serious brain injury, and how to help keep safe from these injuries at school, home, or play.

CDC key messages on concussion safety:

• Be Heads Up about concussion. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/Concussion

• Be Heads Up about concussion at school, home, and play. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/Concussion

• We can all play a role in concussion safety. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/Concussion

• Be Heads Up! All concussions are serious. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/Concussion

• Get a Heads Up! Learn what to do if you think you have a concussion at www.cdc.gov/Concussion

• Getting back in the game with a concussion is a bad call. It could take you out of the game of life, for good. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/Concussion

• All concussions are serious. It’s better to miss one game than the whole season. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/Concussion

• Be Heads Up! If you think you have a concussion: don’t hide, report it. Take time to recover. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/Concussion

Kids and teens can send in posters June 12, 2013 through August 15, 2013. Judging will take place between August 16, 2013 through September 20, 2013. Winners will be notified and prizes will be awarded by October 18, 2013.

We will choose one winner in each category: (1) Ages 5-8; (2) Ages 9-12; (3) Ages 13-15; (4) Ages 16-18. The winner in each category will get one prize of $250.00.

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Eligibility

Eligibility Rules for Participating in the Competition:

The contest is open to any contestant, who is an individual or permanent resident of the United States between 5 and 18 years of age. Contestants between 5 and 12 years of age are eligible with the permission of a parent/guardian . (Please note help from a parent/guardian is limited to the online registration process and submission of entries. All submissions must include original artwork created solely by children and adolescents.) Contestants may work as teams and enter more than one poster in the contest. We will place teams in the age category based on the oldest team member’s age (for example, a team of 11, 12 and 13-year-olds will compete in the Ages 13-15 category).

Requirements

Contestants must send in original artwork by email or mail.

Contestants must include the following information with their poster entry:

  1. Name(s) of the contestant(s)
  2. Age category (Ages 5-8; Ages 9-12; Ages 13-15; Ages 16-18)

You can use graphic design and other creative methods (including, but not limited to paint, pencil, colored pencils, or crayon) to design your poster.

All posters must be in English.

All posters must include one key message.

Key Messages

How to enter

Sign up for a Challenge.gov account and become a follower of the “Be Heads Up About Concussion Safety” Poster Design Contest at www.BeHeadsUp.challenge.gov.

Review the rules and guidelines of this contest listed below or at www.BeHeadsUp.challenge.gov.

Contestants must send in original artwork by email or mail. To send in the poster by email, please send the poster in the form of a photograph, PDF or scanned copy to: DUIPinquiries@cdc.gov. Please use subject line: Heads Up Poster Design Contest. Contestants can also send in posters by mail on a 22” by 28” poster board to: Heads Up Poster Design Contest, 4770 Buford Hwy NE, Mail Stop F-62, Atlanta, GA 30341.

Contestants must include the following information with their poster entry:

  • Name(s) of the contestant(s)

  • Age category (Ages 5-8; Ages 9-12; Ages 13-15; Ages 16-18)

Posters entered into the contest will not be returned to contestants.

You can use graphic design and other creative methods (including, but not limited to paint, pencil, colored pencils, or crayon) to design your poster.

All posters must be in English.

Judges

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Panel of Expert Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity/Innovation
    We will judge poster designs on creative and innovative presentation of how to prevent concussions at school, home, or play and how to identify and what to do if a concussion happens.
  • Use of Concussion Safety Message(s)
    We will judge the poster on the accuracy of the concussion safety message(s) included, as well as how well the poster design uses the message(s) to educate others about concussion safety.
  • Depiction of a Positive Message
    We will judge posters on how well the designs show how to prevent concussions and what to do if a concussion happens. Your poster must not show acts of violence, profane language, inappropriate content, or personal or professional attacks.
  • Originality
    We will only accept original graphic design and other creative methods (including, but not limited to paint, pencil, colored pencils, or crayon).