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A new year is here! Are you feeling refreshed?

It’s the beginning of a whole new year! Didn’t the last one disappear in a flash? The dawn of a new year is a great time for making new resolutions, changing old habits, and starting over with a clean slate. What better way to celebrate than with these words of renewal?

Look at the ten words below. Choose one. Take a close look at the definition and the clues in the brief to craft a story that conveys the definition. Then, make a video that lasts 1 minute or less, that effectively and creatively teaches the meaning of your chosen word. Are you up to the challenge?

The ten words you can choose from in this challenge are: activate, generate, salvation, reconciliation, insight, transitional, maturation, enable, potential, and replenish.

Before you get started, here are the MUST-HAVEs for your video:

  • Your video must be no longer than one minute
  • You can choose only one word for your video
  • You must use the definition provided below
  • You must display the word, part of speech, definition, and an example sentence on the screen at appropriate points during your video

1) Activate (verb) - set in motion

All systems go.

Activate is a verb that means set in motion. Many people pronounce activate as ACT-iv-ate.

To mark the beginning of a new year, the people of New York City activate a ball drop in Times Square.The commander of a spacecraft might press a big, red button to activate the launch of her ship. A cat-burglar might activate an alarm if he’s careless in his attempt to steal the world’s largest diamond. You might accidentally activate your TV by sitting on the remote control.

Pro Tip: Activate comes from the Latin word activus which means capable of acting.

2) Generate (verb) - produce

Made from scratch.

Generate is a verb that means produce. Many people pronounce generate as JEN-er-ate.

As evidenced by the large crowds and fireworks, the start of a new year can generate a huge amount of excitement across the globe. A hive of busy bees might generate hundreds of pounds of honey over the course of a single year. The average power plant will generate enough electricity to power everyone’s lights and appliances. Hanging out with a group of good friends can often generate warm feelings and some pretty fun times.

Pro Tip: Generate comes from the Latin root generatus which means to beget, to produce.

3) Salvation (noun) - protection from harm

Saved my bacon.

Salvation is a noun that means protection from harm. Many people pronounce salvation as sal-VAY-shun.

A bicycle helmet might be your salvation if it protects your head during a bad crash. If a castaway is adrift on a life raft, her salvation might be a cruise ship that happens to spot her. A bird chased by a cat might find salvation in a very high perch. If your older sister catches you in her room, looking through her things, the door of a nearby closet might provide salvation from her wrath.

Pro Tip: Salvation comes from the Latin word salvare which means to save.

4) Reconciliation (noun) - a resolving of differences

Potato, potahto. Let’s call the whole thing off.

Reconciliation is a noun meaning a resolving of differences. Many people pronounce reconciliation as reh-kuhn-sill-ee-AY-shun.

The start of a new year is often a very good time for reconciliation.Sworn enemies, tired from years of fighting, might make a reconciliation and decide to bury the hatchet. If a cat and a dog stop hissing and barking at each other and decide instead to cuddle, it could considered a sign of reconciliation. If you have drifted apart from an old friend after a long forgotten argument, but now find yourself wanting to make up with him, it may be time for a reconciliation.

Pro Tip: Reconciliation comes from the Latin word reconciliationem which means a re-establishing.

5) Insight (noun) - awareness and understanding

I can see the light!

Insight is a noun meaning awareness and understanding. Many people pronounce insight as IN-cite.

If you think very hard about the year that has almost passed, you might gain some insight about the ways you’d like to grow in the coming year. Learning new details about your parents’ lives might give you some insight into their behavior. A smart student might say something that offers fresh insight on that book the class is reading. When you know someone really well, you might be able to offer unexpected insight on how they behave.

Pro Tip: Insight comes from the Old English word innsihht which means sight with the eyes of the mind or a mental vision.

6) Transitional (adjective) - moving from one thing to the next

Moving right along…

Transitional is an adjective that means moving from one thing to the next. Many people pronouncetransitionalas tranz-IH-shun-al.

New Year's Eve and New Year's day are transitional times--they mark the shift from an old year to a brand a new one. Dusk is considered a transitional period between daytime and nighttime.If you decide to move in the coming year, you might find yourself in a transitional period as you look for a new place to live. Spring is sometimes considered a transitional season – the cold weather of winter slowly changes the hot months of summer.

Pro Tip: Transitional comes from the Latin word transire which means go across.

7) Maturation (noun) - a process of growth leading to full development

Grow up, dude.

Maturation is a noun that means a process of growth leading to full development. Many people pronounce maturation as mah-chur-AY-shun.

The dawn of a new year often makes us think about the growth, or maturation, we’ve experienced in the passing year. A baby who moves from crawling to walking has undergone a basic, but very important, maturation. Feeling like you’d rather spend more time improving your grades in school than goofing around is a sign of maturation.

Pro Tip: Maturation comes from the Latin word maturare which means to ripen or to make ripe.

8) Enable (verb) - make it possible for

Make it so.

Enable is a verb that means make it possible for. Many people pronounce enable as in-AY-bul.

The start of a new year may enable to make changes in your behavior or your attitude. A wild winter snowstorm will enable some pretty incredible sledding. A pair of binoculars can enable a explorer to see much further than anyone else. In a noisy room, a loudspeaker will enable you to be heard over all of the laughing and talking. A sleepy goalie could enable the other team to score the winning point! Noooo!

Pro Tip: Enable comes from the Middle English word inable which means to make possible.

9) Potential (adjective) - possible

This looks promising.

Potential is an adjective that means possible. Many people pronounce potentialas po-TEN-shul.

Beginnings can be very exciting because they are full of potential, meaning that nothing has been decided yet--anything is possible! Adults often, correctly, tell kids that their future is wide-open and that potential opportunities await them.If you are very outgoing, a party full of strangers is a room full of potential new friends. If there is a fifty percent chance of strong winds andsnow, it means we’re expecting a potential blizzard.

Pro Tip: Potential comes from the Late Latin prefix potent- which means being able. It also derives from the Late Latin word potentia which means power.

10) Replenish (verb) - renew

Rested up and ready to roll.

Replenish is verb that means renew. Many people pronounce replenish as ree-PLEN-ish.

The beginning of an entirely new year can often replenish a person’s spirit and focus their priorities. A good night’s sleep can replenish the energy of someone who is worn out. The warm rains of the late spring help the once barren trees replenish their leaves. Lots of food and rest over the long winter’s holiday might even replenish your desire to study and work hard.

Pro Tip: Replenish comes from the Old French word replenir which means refill.

GET STARTED:

  1. READ THE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS IN THE RULES TAB.
  2. GO CREATE!
  3. SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO BEFORE FEBRUARY 3, 2014

Submission requirements:

In a video, no longer than 1 minute, you must:

  • Choose only one word from the list provided.
  • Clearly and accurately demonstrate the meaning, pronunciation and correct usage of the word using the definition provided.
  • Display the following as text on screen at appropriate points during your video:
    • The word and its part of speech (noun, adjective or verb).
    • The definition of the word.
    • The word used accurately in a sentence that describes the actions in your video.
  • Meet all official rules and requirements.

Key Dates:

  • January 6, 2014 – Contest opens
  • February 3, 2014 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • February 17, 2014 – Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • March 3, 2014 – 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: Your video achieves the educational goals presented in the contest brief and viewers learn intended material from your video.
  • Creativity and engagement: Your video presents educational content in a memorable way; viewers are compelled to watch the video to completion. Does your video convey its message in an artistic, creative and innovative way?
  • Quality of video production: Your video has high resolution and audio quality, effectively employs visual aesthetics and cinematography and demonstrates production skills.
  • Appropriate content: Your 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 ‘Youth’ category and one in the ‘Adult’ category. All entries are categorized by age of the submitter. Submitters under the age of 18 are placed into the ‘Youth’ category and submitters 18 years or older are placed in the ‘Adult’ category. Finalist videos will also receive a prize. In the case of winners under the age of 18, prizes will be awarded to a legal parent or guardian. 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 are subject to the applicable district and school policies. Prizes for teachers 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 cannot last more than 1 minute.
  • You must use appropriate language ad 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 theGeneral Terms and Conditions.

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