What is Mission: 10,000 Rockets?

Every invention starts from a simple drawing on a paper. To celebrate the Digital Globe™ rocket launch that will capture high-resolution pictures for Bing™ Maps, we want to borrow kids’ imagination to create the rocket of tomorrow. This is an educational project developed by Bing™.

For this contest we are asking kids from grades K-12 to draw the rocket of tomorrow. Drawings must be submitted through www.artsonia.com from 10/8/09 – 11/25/09. The drawings will be judged by a panel of Microsoft employees in conjunction with scientists who will select three that inspire them and turn these student drawings into 3-D models to honor their invention. The selections will be made by grade level brackets, with one chosen in each bracket; K-5, 6-8, 9-12. The first 10,000 drawings will be showcased on a dedicated gallery website (www.10000rockets.com) in addition to the Artsonia.com classroom gallery. These drawings will also be placed into a commemorative Mission: 10,000 rockets book and sold on 10000rockets.com for $39.95.

Of the first 10,000 drawings submitted, every school that submits at least 20 qualified drawings will be entered into a drawing to win a $5,000 donation from Bing and 1/8 of the Mission: 10,000 rockets book proceeds to be used towards future school projects.

Printed educational materials will go out to the first 500 teachers who submit a request through www.artsonia.com. Digital versions of these materials will also be available for download on 10000rockets.com after 10/8/2009.

What are the Dates of the Contest?

• Submissions can begin October 8th, 2009 through Artsonia.com.
• Final submissions must be received by 11:59pm PT on November 25, 2009.
• Drawings will be selected to be made into 3-D Models when we reach 10,000 submissions.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for the Contest?

• Participants must be in the 50 United States or District of Columbia
• Participating teachers must register on Artsonia.com
• Participating students must be between the grades K-12.
• Participating teachers may only submit one drawing per student for this call for art.
• Parents of participating students must be registered with Artsonia prior to 11/25/2009 to have their drawing qualify for this promotion. Parent must contact the student’s art teacher to request a security key prior to registration.
• Participating schools must have a donation acceptance program to receive donations.
• The winning education institutions must provide Microsoft with an acceptance letter prior to accepting the donation.

How Are Entries Judged and Winners Selected?

Drawings will be categorized into 3 grade level brackets; K-5, 6-8, 9-12. Judges will be a team of Microsoft employees in conjunction with scientists. The judges will select one drawing from each age group to be turned into 3-D Models. Drawings will be chosen based on creativity and innovation.
The first 10,000 qualified drawings entered by artists through Artsonia.com will be published in the Mission: 10,000 rockets book along with the artist’s first name and grade.

What Are the Prizes?

• Out of the first 10,000 entries, eight schools will be randomly selected from among all schools that submitted at least 20 drawings, to each receive a $5,000 cash donation and 1/8 of the Mission: 10,000 rockets book proceeds.
• The first 10,000 students who submit their qualified drawing through Artsonia.com will be published in the Mission: 10,000 rockets book.
• The first 10,000 students who have artwork submitted through their teacher will have their art featured on the Artsonia.com classroom gallery and the 10000rockets.com gallery.
• Judges will select one drawing from each grade level bracket; K-5, 6-8, 9-12, to be rendered into 3-D models. Images of these models will be posted on 10000rockets.com.

How will Winners be Announced?

• Teacher’s whose students art have been chosen to be turned into a 3-D model will be notified via email through Artsonia.com and the student’s first name and grade will be posted on 10000rockets.com.
• The eight schools randomly selected to receive the $5,000 cash donation and 1/8 of the Mission: 10,000 rockets book proceeds will be notified via email through Artsonia.com and will also be listed on 10000rockets.com.