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Grade 6 Poster Contest. Infectious Disease & Climate Change: Awareness & prevention in your community

About the Contest: The Canadian Public Health Association’s national poster contest is an opportunity for Grade 6 students across Canada to learn more about climate sensitive infectious diseases like Lyme disease and West Nile virus, and share awareness and prevention information with their friends, family and communities.

What are climate sensitive infectious diseases? Many diseases are sensitive to changes in the climate, including Lyme disease, West Nile virus, hantavirus, E. coli, giardiasis and salmonellosis. As the climate changes, so too do the patterns of who and where people get the disease. To learn more about climate sensitive infectious diseases, click here.

Who can enter? Grade 6 students registered in a Canadian school during the 2020-2021 school year.

For Teachers: Would you like to incorporate climate change and infectious disease topics into your lessons? We have developed a Teacher's Toolkit which includes a five-lesson plan to guide you in facilitating a rich, cross-curricular learning experience for your students, borrowing on skills from Science, Math, Language, Geography, Physical Education, Health, and Art. It also includes instructions on helping your students develop their poster entries, and links to additional resources.

Medium: Posters must be created by hand, using only markers, pencils, pencil crayons and/or paint. Please see poster guidelines below.

Format: Posters must be done in horizontal/landscape orientation. It must be no smaller than 11” x 8.5” (279mm x 216mm) and no larger than 17” x 11” (432mm x 279mm).

What should my poster include? Students' posters must clearly demonstrate the effect that climate change is having on a climate sensitive infectious disease.

  • Examples of climate sensitive infectious diseases include: Lyme disease, West Nile virus, hantavirus, E. coli, giardiasis, and salmonellosis. For more information on climate sensitive infectious diseases, click here.

The poster must also include a call to action which shares information with friends, family and community about awareness or prevention of your chosen disease.

  • A call to action is a phrase which that tells the reader what action to take, and how to take it (e.g. “Prevent tick bites, walk on cleared paths”).

Please read the Poster Guidelines and Rules below before starting your poster.

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to a national winner, a national runner-up, and regional winners for Atlantic Canada, Québec, Ontario, the Prairies, British Columbia & the Territories. Prizes must be accepted as rewarded - no substitutes.

National winner: Lenovo Chromebook Duet (10.1”) 2 in 1, Merge Cube, $100 Scholastic Canada Gift card (for personal use), and a $250 Scholastic Canada Gift card (for the winner’s classroom)
National runner-up: Lenovo Chromebook Duet (10.1”) 2 in 1 and a Merge Cube
Six regional winners: Sphero BOLT app enabled robot

All winners will also receive a copy of the book Grandpa’s Wisdom – An Algonquin Reflection on West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease by Albert Dumont.

Prizes must be accepted as rewarded. CPHA reserves the right to substitute a prize of equivalent value.

Enter by: 9 April 2021 no later than 11:59pm EST

Poster judging will take place the last week of April and winners will be notified the first week of May.

How do I enter? Completed posters and submission forms can be sent through the mail or submitted electronically.

To mail your poster: To submit electronically:
  • Print the entry form (single form / multiple forms)
  • Glue the completed entry form to the back of your poster (do not staple or paperclip it)
  • Mail posters flat (not folded or rolled)
  • Mail to:

Grade 6 Poster Contest
c/o Canadian Public Health Association
404 – 1525 Carling Ave.
Ottawa, ON  K1Z 8R9

  • Fill in the online submission form
  • Upload a photo or scan of your poster
    • If necessary, crop the image to the edges of the poster

What makes a great poster?

  • Imaginative design
  • Clear message
  • Correct spelling
  • Easy to read from a distance
  • Have contrast between the background and text

Poster Guidelines

  • Use markers, pencils, pencil crayons and/or paint to create your poster
  • No computer drawings or clipart
  • Poster size must be no larger than 17” x 11” (432mm x 279mm)
  • Poster size must be no smaller than 11” x 8.5” (279mm x 216mm)
  • Posters must be done in horizontal/landscape orientation (not vertical/portrait)
  • All designs must be unique. No copying from other resources (textbooks, web sites, magazines etc.)
  • No cut and pasted materials or three-dimensional submissions
  • All text must be clear and easily readable
  • Text can be written in English, French, and/or a language relevant to the student’s local community

Rules

  • Individual entries only
  • Open to Grade 6 students registered in a Canadian school during the 2020-2021 school year
  • Poster's message must focus on prevention or sharing essential information relating to their chosen climate sensitive infectious disease
  • Submissions that do not meet the poster guidelines will be disqualified
  • Posters submitted with incomplete entry forms will be disqualified
  • Winners will be notified the first week of May 2021 

For Teachers: We have developed a Teacher's Toolkit to incorporate climate change and infectious disease topics into your lessons. This toolkit includes a five-lesson plan to facilitate a rich, cross-curricular learning experience for students that borrows on skills from Science, Math, Language, Geography, Physical Education, Health, and Art. It also includes instructions on helping your students develop their poster entries, and links to additional resources.

All original paper artwork submitted to the contest is retained by the Canadian Public Health Association. Questions? Please email us contest@cpha.ca

 


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