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How Small is a Cell?

Cells are extremely small!

Zoom in—way in—to a digital photo. Do you see the thousands and thousands of colored squares? Those are pixels. Thousands of tiny pixels come together to form one image. When you zoom out you can see the whole picture again.

Similar to the pixels (colored squares) in a digital photo, millions and millions of tiny cells make up an entire organism. Every living thing you see is made up of cells—a colossal number of cells, each with a job to do and each connecting with other cells to create an entire living organism, including you.

Right now, as you’re reading this, over 100 trillion cells are holding you together. There could be 2-3 billion cells in your little toe alone!

Can you help us understand how small a single human cell is in comparison to an entire body? What does 100 trillion even look like?

In a short video that helps viewers understand these building blocks of life, give us your answer to the question How small is a cell?

Now go make a big deal out of a small thing!

Submission Requirements

In a video no longer than 2 minutes you must:

  • Use comparisons to demonstrate that cells are extremely small
  • Present at least three facts about cells (e.g. all living things are made of at least one cell; a cell is the smallest unit able to perform life functions; cells are not all the same: there are many different kinds of cells)
  • Meet all official rules and requirements

Key Dates:

  • March 25, 2013 – Contest opens.
  • May 13, 2013 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • May 22, 2013 – Finalists notified
  • May 31, 2013 – Winners announced on the PROJECT ED website

Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:

Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

  • Educational merit and accuracy: How well did you achieve the educational goals presented in the contest brief and how much do viewers learn from your video.
  • Creativity and engagement: Video presents educational content in a memorable way; viewers are compelled to watch the video to completion. Video conveys its message in an artistic and innovative manner.
  • Quality of video production: Video has high resolution and audio quality, and effectively employs visual aesthetics and cinematography.
  • Appropriate content: Video does not contain indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or offensive material.

In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken on the basis of the tied entrants’ scores in the “Educational merit and accuracy” criteria.

Prizes:

Prizes per contest vary. In most cases, a grand prize will be awarded to one video in the Under 18 category and one in the Over 18 category. Finalist videos will also receive a prize. Rules for each contest explain how and when we will notify you and the date the prizes will be announced.

Prizes are awarded at Amplify’s discretion and subject to the applicable district and school policies. Teachers’ prizes may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.

Official Requirements:

  • The video’s creator must be 13 or over.
  • Entrants who are minors must obtain a parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the contest.
  • Your video can’t last more than 2 minutes.
  • You must use appropriate language and content.
  • You must properly clear and credit any source music, film clips, images, or locations you use.
  • You can only submit one entry per contest.
  • If you are employed by a school you must ensure your entry into this contest is in compliance with your institution’s policies.
  • Please carefully read the complete rules listed in the General Terms and Conditions.

Check out these links to learn a bit more about cells

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