County of Orange and DSC Hold Eco Challenge Poster Contest
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County of Orange and DSC Hold Eco Challenge Poster Contest

Young Orange County (CA) residents have the opportunity to participate in a special Eco Challenge poster contest presented by the County of Orange, Discovery Science Center and Angels Baseball for the chance to be an Honorary Bat Kid at a 2013 Angels baseball game. Please continue reading for all the rules and details of this contest.

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County of Orange and Discovery Science Center Hold Eco Challenge Poster Contest For OC Children

Participants take a swing at becoming an Honorary Angels Bat Kid 

SANTA ANA, Calif. (April 24, 2013) – Beginning today, young Orange County residents have the opportunity to participate in a special Eco Challenge poster contest presented by the County of Orange, Discovery Science Center (DSC) and Angels Baseball for the chance to be an Honorary Bat Kid at a 2013 Angels baseball game.

The challenge invites boys and girls between the ages of eight and fourteen (8-14) to use their imagination and get creative in designing a unique eco-themed poster. All entries must be based on one of four themes in relation to the Eco Challenge exhibit at DSC.

  1. Recycling – Show how you make an effort to recycle in your everyday life.
  2. Reusing Materials – Show how household items can be reused in multiple ways.
  3. Reducing Waste – Show how to reduce waste in your daily life.
  4. A Greener Future – Show what an ecofriendly Earth would look like.

“The Eco Challenge poster contest is an innovative approach to engage students while providing a unique education experience,” said First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen. “It’s fantastic that winners get the special opportunity to be an Angels Bat Kid for a game during the 2013 season.”

Entries will be judged based on originality, visual clarity, relevance to theme, artwork, and effectiveness of message. Five winners will be selected by a panel of judges and awarded the status of Honorary Bat Kid for one regular season Angels home game during the months of August and September. Each of the five winners will also receive four tickets to a predetermined Angels home game, complimentary parking, one bat kid uniform, one official baseball, one on-field credential for dugout access, and one professional field photo.

Board of Supervisors Chairman, Shawn Nelson states: “Our partnership with Angels Baseball and Discovery Science Center will help excite Orange County students to make better decisions in their daily lives.”

Rules and Guidelines: 
Contest is open to boys and girls who will be between the ages of eight (8) and fourteen (14) at some point during the Angels Baseball regular season (April 1 to September 29, 2013).

Minimum poster size – 11” X 17”
Maximum poster size – 18” X 24”

Content: Artists are allowed to incorporate text relevant to environmentally friendly message. The visual design of the poster must relate to one of the above themes. Poster should be vibrant and aesthetically appealing. Copyrighted characters or name brands (e.g., Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, etc.) should NOT be used in artwork; use of such brands or characters will result in disqualification.

*Please do not fold posters. Entries must be matted, flat or rolled, and not folded.
*Name, address, age, phone number and supervisorial district must be written on the back of the poster.
*Poster orientation: Portrait

Supervisorial Districts are as follows:

1. Garden Grove, Midway City, Santa Ana, Westminster, Fountain Valley
2. Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, Rossmoor
3. Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Orange, Silverado Canyon, Modjeska Canyon, Tustin, Villa Park, Yorba Linda
4. Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park , Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Placentia
5. Aliso Viejo, Coto de Caza, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Las Flores, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Crystal Cove, Emerald Bay

Judging: Posters will be judged based on originality (20%), visual clarity (20%), relevance to theme (20%), artwork (20%), and effectiveness of message (20%). Winners will be selected by the County of Orange, Discovery Science Center and Angels Baseball leadership.

Deadline and Submission Process: Posters should be mailed or brought to Discovery Science Center by May 24, 2013. Limit one (1) entry per contestant. Winners will be notified by phone by June 15, 2013. Winners will have ten (10) days to claim their prize, after which the prize will be awarded to another winner.

Prize: Five winners, as determined by a panel of judges, will be awarded the status of Honorary Bat Kid for one (1) regular season Angels home game each during the months of August and September. Each winner will receive four (4) tickets to one (1) of five (5) predetermined Angels home games, complimentary parking, one (1) bat kid uniform, one (1) official baseball for autographs, one (1) on-field credential for dugout access (for bat kid only), recognition on the video board during pre-game activities, and one (1) professional on-field photo.

For more information, visit discoverycube.org/batkid

About the County of Orange and OC Waste and Recycling
The mission of the County of Orange is to make Orange County a safe, healthy, and fulfilling place to live, work, and play, today and for generations to come, by providing outstanding, cost-effective regional public services. OC Waste & Recycling helps fulfill this mission by meeting the County’s solid waste disposal needs by providing waste management services, protecting the environment, and promoting recycling in order to ensure a safe and healthy community for current and future generations. OC Waste & Recycling manages one of the nation’s premiere solid waste disposal systems, which serve 34 cities and over three million residents. OC Waste & Recycling operates a network of three active landfills and four household hazardous waste collection centers. Visit www.OCecochallenge.com for more information.

About Discovery Science Center
For 25 years, Discovery Science Center (DSC) has been a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting educators teach science and increasing public understanding of science, technology, engineering and math through interactive exhibits and programs. With one of the largest education outreach programs in the county and an unparalleled approach at creating immersive, game-based exhibits, DSC is revolutionizing how educational content is delivered. Throughout the year, guests can take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero or feel the power of a simulated rocket engine launch. Traveling exhibits and annual events such as Spooky Science and Bubblefest throughout the year ensure that there is always something new to discover. DSC owns and operates the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center based in Santa Ana, CA and will be opening a second facility in Los Angeles in 2014. For more information, call (714) 542-CUBE or visit www.discoverycube.org.

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Information (media):
Julie Chay – County of Orange, OC Waste & Recycling – (714) 834-4059;
julie.chay@ocwr.ocgov.com

Isabel Rios – County of Orange, OC Waste & Recycling – (714) 834-4000;
isabel.rios@ocwr.ocgov.com

Dan Nasitka, Manager – Public and Community Relations, Discovery Science Center – (714) 913-5018;
dnasitka@discoverycube.org

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The Author: Brian Curran

A Star Wars Fan since 1977 when he was just 2. Brian grew up in California where his family would often make trips to Disneyland. In 1987 he took his first “Trip to Endor” and doesn’t pass on a chance to go back! He also enjoys going to Conventions and meeting the actors from the Star Wars films.

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