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Secrets to Winning a Project Ed Contest

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Ready to win your first Project Ed video contest? By following these four steps, you will be that much closer to becoming the next Grand Prize winner with a pocket full of cash.


Download the PDF version of this guide here!

1. Follow the Rules

A video can be gorgeously shot, have crystal-clear sound, and be super engaging. But, if the video doesn’t follow the rules, it will not win Grand Prize.

The video submission rules change from contest to contest so it is important to click on the RULES section of a contest and thoroughly read through before submitting.

Listed below are three rules that are essential to follow:

1. Follow the time requirements.

2. Keep the content appropriate for kids.

3. Use music that is license-free or made available with a Creative Commons Attribution Only license.


One unique rule to the “Nouns Music Video Contest” was that creators had to include the “Abstract and Concrete Noun” song in their submission, Be sure to pay attention to all the rules, like Andy Checketts did in making his Grand Prize winning entry for this contest!



2. Use Accurate Information

If the video entry gets even just one of the educational facts wrong, it will not win Grand Prize.

A video’s educational merit and accuracy is the number one criteria for judging. When creating your video, be sure to do research to verify that all of the information included in your video is correct. This also means you must pronounce all the words correctly and to spell all words displayed on screen correctly.

Use information from websites and books that are trustworthy. Also, check the RESOURCES tab on the contest page for sites we recommend to learn more.


Garrett Fallin’s Grand Prize winning entry in the “How Small is a Cell” presents well-researched and accurate educational information in an entertaining way. Make sure that all the educational content is your video is accurate to increase your chances of winning.



3. Teach the Content Well

What does your audience remember after watching your video? If they don’t understand or remember what you’re teaching in the video, it will not win the Grand Prize.

Because educational merit and accuracy is number one on the judging criteria, making a video that teaches the material well is key to winning.

Have a couple of friends or family members watch your video and then ask them if they understand the educational content of the video. Are they able to explain the word or concept explained? Asking this question is a great way to check out how well the content is taught in the video.


Robert Bender’s Grand Prize winning entry in the “Air is Matter” contest is extremely memorable. Anyone that has watched this will remember that air is matter from the comical demonstration in the video. Make your video’s educational message memorable to drastically increase your chances of winning.



4. Tell a Story

If you are thinking about making a video blog, you should reconsider. Videos that tell stories are much more likely to win Grand Prize than video blogs.

Think of your video as having a beginning, middle, and end.

In the beginning, the protagonist wants something. In the middle, the protagonist struggles to get what he or she wants. Finally, at the end, the protagonist either gets or doesn’t what he or she wants.

Follow the above structure to tell a story that is both educational and engaging.


Dylan Bates’s Grand Prize winning entry in the Lurk video contest keeps the audience watching with its fast-paced, comedic, story that to teaches the word lurk. Keep your audience engaged with a story to increase your chances of winning.


By following the contest rules, having accurate educational information, creating clear and memorable educational points, and make a story, your video entry will have a higher chance of winning Grand Prize. Now that you know the secrets, it’s time to enter a contest!

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