ISRI, JASON Learning announce theme for 2020 contest

ISRI, JASON Learning announce theme for 2020 contest

Students are challenged to imagine what recycling will look like in the future by designing a solution in a poster or video.

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October 31, 2019

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, and JASON Learning, Ashburn, Virginia, are teaming up and calling on students to participate in a poster and video contest to build awareness about the importance and value of recycling. The theme for the 2020 contest is, “Then, Now, and Into the Future.”

Participants are challenged to imagine what recycling will look like 50, 75 or 100 years from now by designing a solution to a current problem today. According to a news release from ISRI, top entries will be used to help educate and create awareness of the evolution and advancements in recycling. The contest is open to all students living in the United States or Canada and enrolled in grades K-12 during the 2019-20 school year. One poster and video will be selected as a finalist from each of three grade bands: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12, along with two overall grand prize winners.

“By its nature, the recycling industry is one that requires constant change and evolution. As new products enter the recycling stream, our industry must adapt and develop ways to process this new material,” says Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Fifteen years ago, for example, no one was thinking of the need to recycling smart phones, now it is common. This contest is a way to help kids look to the future, while also learning about the rich history of recycling, the advancement in processing and sorting technology, and the science and engineering that drives the industry.”

“In everything we do at JASON we try to link kids to the real-world applications of the STEM subjects they study in school,” says Eleanor Smalley, president and CEO of JASON Learning. “Contests, such as this one, are a fun way for them to explore areas of STEM that they might otherwise never think of or make a personal connection with. When they do, we’re always amazed at the depth of their understanding, and the creativity they put into sharing what they’ve learned. The theme of this year’s contest takes a forward thinking look at recycling and looks to the possibilities of the future, and we can't wait to see what they come up with.”

Entries must be submitted by Dec. 20. According to a news release from ISRI, the grant prize winners will receive a trip to Las Vegas with a parent or guardian to participate in ISRI’s 2020 Annual Convention and Exposition. This marks the seventh year ISRI and Jason Learning have teamed up on this contest. Additional information about the contest is available online.