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What can we learn about people by the way they move? What do you tell people about yourself when you enter or exit a room? A single movement can express 1,000 words! Take a look at these active words to get a better idea of what we’re talking about. Pick one and create an original GIF image that illustrates the definition of the word. Check out our examples of definition GIFs here.

GIFs are short moving images that loop continuously, so think carefully about your visualization. Your GIF must present both the word and part of speech graphically on-screen, like this. Get creative with looping, time manipulation, stop-motion or any other interesting film device.

The eight words you can choose from are: disperse, strutted, elude, dawdled, bounding, flit, aimlessly, permeated.

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

  • You can choose only one word for your GIF
  • You must use the definition provided below
  • Your GIF must be completely original, i.e. you cannot use images or clips from 3rd parties
  • You must display the word, part of speech, definition, in your GIF


1. Disperse (verb) – when people or things leave in a scattered manner

Time to go!

Thought starter: Be a newscaster! Groups of people often must disperse, and the reasons for this are frequently newsworthy. Pick a current event (or two, or three) that involves people dispersing, and give us a short news report to show us the meaning of the word disperse.

Pro-tip: Writers use disperse to indicate people or things leaving in a scattered manner.

2. Strutted (verb) – confidently walked

Everything’s going my way.

Thought starter: Which members of the animal kingdom strut? Peacocks and lions are two examples. Make a short video showing confident animals in action to demonstrate your understanding of the word strutted.

Pro-tip: Writers strutted to describe a self-assured stride.

3. Elude (verb) – to cleverly escape from something

Whew! That was a close one…

Thought starter: Some of the most nail-biting moments in action movies and mysteries are when the hero must elude capture. Make a short script video about a character that successfully eludes being caught. Show us this great escape in one minute or less.

Pro-tip: Writers use elude when they want to describe an escape from something, often in a clever or secretive manner.

4. Dawdle (verb) – to take a long time to leave

Going…going…wait, still here.

Thought starter: Sometimes we dawdle because we’re having fun, and sometimes people just don’t realize it’s time to leave. Film a short comedy sketch about a character who dawdled at a friend’s house. What does the friend do when this character doesn’t get the hint about leaving?

Pro-tip: Writers use dawdle to describe people, or things, that take their time.

5. Bounding (verb) – powerfully jumping

Able to leap tall buildings…

Thought starter: Create an animated super-hero whose special power is bounding to amazing heights. Show us how this hero uses his or her bounding power for the forces of good in an animated short.

Pro-tip: Writers often use bounding to describe happy, unrestrained movements.

6. Flit (verb) – move quickly from one thing to another

Can’t sit still!

Thought starter: Are you the type of person who’s always doing a million and one things? Make a short documentary style video of your day. Show how you flit from one activity or interest to the next to demonstrate your understanding of the word.

Pro-tip: Writers use flit to describe people or things moving quickly between points of focus.

7. Aimlessly (adverb) – to wander without purpose

What are we doing here?

Thought starter: Do you enjoy doing with no particular goal in mind? Perhaps you love to walk aimlessly through the woods? Or take long, aimless bike rides? Make a short film of you and your friends having fun aimlessly over the weekend.

Pro-tip: Writers often use aimlessly to describe someone or something that acts with little focus or purpose.

8. Permeated (verb) – spread throughout

It’s everywhere!

Thought starter: Even though we can’t see them, smells can create quite a stir. Make a film about a scent (good or bad) that has permeated a kitchen, classroom, or park. How do people’s reactions show how this smell has permeated the air?

Pro-tip: Writers often use permeated to describe a smell or feeling that has spread throughout a room.

Submission requirements:

In your GIF image that is less than 2 MB, you must:

  • Choose one word from the list provided.
  • Show the word, part of speech, and definition graphically on screen throughout the GIF.
  • Clearly demonstrate the meaning of the word.
  • Meet all official rules and requirements.

Key Dates:

  • February 10, 2014 - Contest opens
  • March 10, 2014 - Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • April 7, 2014 - Winners announced on the Project ED website

Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:

GIFs are evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

  • Educational merit and accuracy: Your submission achieves the educational goals presented in the contest brief and viewers learn intended material from your video.
  • Creativity and Engagement: Your submission presents educational content in an artistic and innovative way.
  • Appropriate content: Your submission 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 per contest vary. 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

Official Requirements:

  • The image’s creator must be 13 or over.
  • Entrants who are minors must obtain a parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the contest.
  • You must use appropriate language and content.
  • You must properly clear and credit any source film clips, images, or locations you use. To verify winning entries, participants will be asked to submit proof of proper clearances.
  • 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 Contest Terms.

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