Frequently Asked Questions
What is the theme of the student art and Scratch project exhibition?
The theme of the exhibition is “Celebrating Our Heritage” with the goal of inspiring students across the Wind River Reservation to submit art projects that explore the connection, history, and culture of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone peoples. This year, we are also encouraging students to submit Scratch projects to share their computer science learning with the Wind River community.
Who is sponsoring the student exhibition?
The art and Scratch project exhibition 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.
What is a Scratch project?
Scratch is a programming environment where students can learn about computer coding. They drag and drop coding blocks to create code to tell characters or objects (called sprites) to talk, move, and more. The resulting animation is called a Scratch project. If a student shares their project on the Scratch website, anyone can visit the project and interact with it.
What will the Scratch project submissions be used for?
We will place the Scratch projects in an online gallery for the Wind River community to enjoy.
Who can participate?
Any K-12 student 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?
Students can submit one or more of the following art forms:
- An artistic interpretation of one of the artifacts from the Wind River Virtual Museum.
- Visit http://www.windrivervm.org/arapaho.php for Northern Arapaho artifacts.
- Visit http://www.windrivervm.org/shoshone.php for Eastern Shoshone artifacts.
- An artistic interpretation or photograph of original beadwork created by the student artist.
- For example, beadwork with floral patterns or geometric designs.
- An artistic interpretation of a keepsake meaningful to the student artist.
- For example, a treasured toy, a keepsake vehicle, favorite person, beloved animal, etc.
- 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 are the Scratch project submission requirements?
Students can create a Scratch project about anything they wish. We encourage students to create a Scratch project that shares knowledge, sights, sounds, and stories related to the student’s identities. Submissions from last year’s art contest will be available for students to use as sprites in their Scratch projects. Students can also upload their own art into their Scratch projects.
What is the process for submitting Scratch projects?
Students or teachers will make sure their Scratch projects are shared on the Scratch website and then provide a link to the project via the form at the following link: https://bootuppd.org/teacher-submission/
What if a student wants to submit a project they create with ScratchJr?
Please reach out to us at WindRiverCS@air.org and we’ll work with you to get the project submitted.
What is the deadline for submitting art and Scratch projects?
May 20, 2022.
If I am a student who participates, what will I receive?
All student artists and programmers will receive a certificate and be credited for their submissions. They will also receive a small gift card. The exact amount will be determined based on how many students participate.
If I am a teacher whose students participate, what will I receive?
Teachers who facilitate their students’ participation in the competition will receive an honorarium of up to $200. The exact amount will be determined by how many teachers and students participate.
Will there be prizes for top submissions?
This year, submissions will not be scored or ranked to determine top submissions. Instead, all submissions will eventually be included in an online gallery for the community to enjoy. All submissions will be briefly reviewed for cultural sacredness before being made public.
If I am a student who submits art or a Scratch project, 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 or Scratch projects 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.
When will the exhibition be made public?
The online gallery will be made available for public view in mid-June of 2022.
Who should I reach out to if I have questions?
Please contact WindRiverCS@air.org with any questions.