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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the theme of the student art competition?
The theme of the art competition is “Celebrating Our Heritage” with the goal of inspiring students across the Wind River Reservation schools to submit original art that explores the connection, history, and culture of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone peoples.

Who is sponsoring the student art competition?
The art competition is sponsored by the Wind River Computer Science Elementary Collaborative, a community of teachers, administrators, professional development providers, and researchers created to bring culturally relevant computer science to elementary schools on the Wind River Reservation. The Wind River Computer Science Elementary Collaborative is managed by the American Institutes for Research and funded by the National Science Foundation (Award Number 1923375).

What will the art submissions be used for?
The Wind River Computer Science Elementary Collaborative is developing computer science curriculum through Scratch that is culturally relevant. Art submissions will be incorporated in this curriculum, which will be shared with students and teachers across the Wind River Reservation, across the state of Wyoming, and eventually across the United States.

Who can participate?
Students can participate if they are registered with either the Eastern Shoshone or Northern Arapaho tribes AND if they attend schools in the following districts (which are part of the Wind River Computer Science Elementary Collaborative):

  • Fort Washakie School
  • Fremont County School District #38
  • Wyoming Indian Schools

What are the art submission requirements?

  • Grade Level Requirements

    • Grades K-5: Participating students will create one of the art forms from the list below with a 1-2 sentence description.
    • Grades 6-8 and 9-12: Participating students will create one of each of the art forms from the list below with a 1-2 sentence description.
  • Art Forms

  1. An artistic interpretation of one of the artifacts from the Wind River Virtual Museum.
  1. An artistic interpretation or photograph of original beadwork created by the student artist.
  • For example, beadwork with floral patterns or geometric designs.
  1. An artistic interpretation of a keepsake meaningful to the student artist.
  • For example, a treasured toy, a keepsake vehicle, favorite person, beloved animal, etc.
  1. A photograph or artistic interpretation of a person or sculpture wearing typical or traditional attire, provided that it is not sacred.
  • Consider a range of ages, genders, skin colors, body types, attire, (dis)abilities, etc.

What is the process for submitting art?
Teachers will upload art submissions on behalf of participating students through the following link: https://bootuppd.org/teacher-submission/

What is the deadline for submitting art?
May 25, 2021.

If I am a student who participates, what will I receive?
All student artists will receive a certificate and be credited for their art submissions. The top artists will receive gift cards of up to $200.

How many top artists will there be?
There will be 3 top artists chosen for each grade band: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

If I am a student who places among the top 3 artists, how will I receive my gift card?
Staff from the American Institutes for Research will contact your parent or guardian via email to coordinate payment.

If I am a teacher who submits art on behalf of student(s), how will I receive my honorarium?
Staff from the American Institutes for Research will contact you via email to coordinate payment.

Who will determine the winners?
Winners will be selected by a panel of 6 Wind River Reservation community members (3 from the Eastern Shoshone tribe and 3 from the Northern Arapaho tribe), who will serve as judges for the art competition.

How will winners be announced?
Winners will be announced in Summer 2021. They will also be honored at the virtual Native American Education Conference on Aug. 14, 2021.

Who should I reach out to if I have questions?
Please contact WindRiverCS@air.org with any questions.

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