Earth Day Recycling Contest


To celebrate Earth Day, Roosevelt Park Zoo will be hosting a Recycle, Upcycle & Repurpose Contest in the hopes of raising awareness about environmental issues within our community and world. This contest is a fun way for students and families to explore recycling and upcycling methods in a creative way. We are featuring 3 separate contests: Recycle Robot, Repurposed Art & Upcycle Design. Rules, guidelines and instructions are provided below.

Important Dates:

  • April 19th project entrees are due to the Roosevelt Park Zoo Visitor Center between 8:30am-4pm.
  • April 22nd People’s Choice judging will take place between 10am-2:30pm inside the Zoo’s Visitor Center. Zoo admission DOES NOT need to be purchased to vote or view project entrees
  • April 22nd Party for the Planet from 10am-3pm on zoo grounds. Winter admission rates will apply or use your zoo membership. See below for details.
  • April 22nd Projects can be picked up after 3pm until 4pm on April 24th

Awards:

  • First, Second & Third Place prizes will be given in each division of the contest. Divisions include elementary, middle, high school, and family/adult division. Winners will be selected by Roosevelt Park Zoo staff using a scoring rubric.
  • People’s Choice Award: Members of our community will be invited to view and vote for their favorite Recycle, Upcycle & Repurpose Contest entree on Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd between 10am-3pm inside the Roosevelt Park Zoo Visitor Center. You DO NOT need to pay zoo admission to vote.

Download Earth Day Recycling Contest Submission Form & Rules
Download Earth Day Recycling Contest Flyer
Download Party for the Planet Flyer 

Contact Nicole Barnhart with questions:
nicole@minotparks.com
(701) 857-4166

Recycle Robot Contest


General Description:
The contest will consist of the design, build and operation of a robot made from recycled parts that will complete an action, which is chosen and described by the designer of the robot.
Recycle Robot Contest Rules:
  1. The robot must perform an action of some sort, which will be determined by the designer(s) of the robot. What the action is must be specified and described on the entry form.
  2. The action must be performed within a five-minute time frame. Once the action begins, no one can touch the robot until the action is completed.
  3. A video of the robot performing the action must be turned in with the robot. The video can be emailed to nicole@minotparks.com
  4. At least 90% of all parts must be recycled from some previous use. Glue paint, screws, and other fastening devices are not included in the 10% that do not have to be recycled.
  5. A list of all parts must be included with the robot when turned in. The list must identify which parts are NEW.
  6. The robot cannot exceed the size of 4 feet on any dimension.
  7. Teams can complete the robot together.
  8. All work must be done by the team members, and all work must be original (not a copy of someone else’s work, and no work completed by parents, etc.)
  9. The contest will be divided into four age brackets, and the entry must be submitted based on the age or grade of the team members. Age brackets include elementary, middle, high school, and family/adult.
  10. All decisions of the judges will be final.
  11. Judging Criteria: Each robot will be judged on the following criteria, with a maximum of 10 points in each category:
    • Mechanical Design
    • Programming
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Effective use of materials
    • Usefulness and functionality of the action
    • Bonus/Amaze

Repurposed Art Contest


General Description:
The contest will consist of the design and creation of a work of art made from recycled parts. Definition of Repurposed: taking one thing and reusing it as something else.
Re-purposed Art Contest Rules:
  1. An artist’s statement must be included with the work of art explaining what the artist is conveying in the work of art or what the value, use, or impact of the object is. This should not exceed 150 words (see the application form).
  2. At least 90% of all parts must be recycled from some previous use. Glue paint, screws, and other fastening devices are not included in the 10% that do not have to be recycled.
  3. A list of all parts must be included with the robot when turned in. The list must identify which parts are NEW.
  4. The art work cannot exceed the size of 4 feet on any dimension.
  5. Teams can complete the piece of art together.
  6. All work must be done by the team members, and all work must be original (not a copy of someone else’s work, and no work completed by parents, etc.)
  7. The contest will be divided into four age brackets, and the entry must be submitted based on the age or grade of the team members. Age brackets include elementary, middle, high school, and family/adult.
  8. All decisions of the judges will be final.
  9. Judging Criteria: Each project will be judged on the following criteria, with a maximum of 10 points in each category:
    • Visual Impact
    • Interpretation and Creativity
    • Composition/Design
    • Craftsmanship
    • Artist’s Statement
    • Bonus/Amaze

Upcycle Contest


General Description:
The contest will consist of the design and build of an object made from recycled parts that is an improvement over simply recycling the object or an improvement of the original use. For example, at the zoo old fire houses donated by the Minot Fire Department are turned into hammocks, swings, ropes, and feeding devices for animals at the zoo. Definition of upcycled: taking something and making it better. It’s the reuse of an item that may be used in a new way.

Upcycle Contest Rules:

  1. An explanation of how the upcycled object is an improvement over the original object or what the advantages, value, or impact of the upcycled object are must be turned in with the upcycled object. This should not exceed 150 words. (See the application form.)
  2. At least 90% of all parts must be recycled from some previous use. Glue paint, screws, and other fastening devices are not included in the 10% that do not have to be recycled.
  3. A list of all parts must be included with the robot when turned in. The list must identify which parts are NEW.
  4. The upcycled design cannot exceed the size of 4 feet on any dimension.
  5. Teams can complete the robot together.
  6. All work must be done by the team members, and all work must be original (not a copy of someone else’s work, and no work completed by parents, etc.)
  7. The contest will be divided into four age brackets, and the entry must be submitted based on the age or grade of the team members. Age brackets include elementary, middle, high school, and family/adult.
  8. All decisions of the judges will be final.
  9. Judging Criteria: Each project will be judged on the following criteria, with a maximum of 10 points in each category:
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Effective Use of Materials
    • Engineering
    • Usefulness and Functionality of the Upcycled Object
    • Explanation of Advantages of New Object
    • Bonus/Amaze