Our latest challenge for the Week in Rap Shout-Out Contest was to write about a news story we didn’t cover, in a style similar to our infoboxes, and include your source. We received some interesting and thought-provoking stories, but only one could win the shout-out. Watch the video here.
And the winner is…
Bannockburn School, Illinois:
Scientists say that the Grand Canyon is 6 million years old. Rebecca Flowers, a geologist at the University of Colorado, says something different. She says that it is over 70 million years old. Her research, which reconstructs the ancient landscape using a technique called thermochronology, is being met with a cool reception from veteran geologists who study the Colorado Plateau. It is hard to think that people can estimate the age of a huge landscape like that.
The winning entry’s source was The Washington Post. Bannockburn School went above and beyond in this round, and had so many interesting news stories for us. That’s why the following runners-up are from Bannockburn school as well.
Greenland’s temperature rose significantly in a few days. In just 4 days almost the entire ice surface of Greenland turned to slush. As it melted away, people started to wonder if it was just a heat wave, or global warming?
- Same school as the winner (source: National Geographic)
The Mayan calendar prophesied the end of the world to be December 21, 2012. In Russia, France and Mexico, there are many different incidents of people gathering candles, matches, food and other supplies in order to survive the “upcoming end.” The governments disapprove, and the French authorities are even going to close off Bugarach Mountain (a tall mountain some people were going to find refuge in to wait for the world to end).
- Same school as the winner (source: The New York Times)
Thanks to all our participants for their great work. We won’t be having a shout-out contest next week, but be sure to enter our Year In Rap Student Contest with the New York Times! We can’t wait to see your rhymes!