Kids writing contest to win 2 tickets to Nebraska Science Festival and meet keynote speaker Grant Imahara

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) The Nebraska Science Festival is looking for kids statewide to submit essays for a chance to win 2 tickets and a meet and greet with robotics specialist Grant Imahara.

According to a UNMC press release, "Grant Imahara has worked on some of the most famous movie and TV robots of all time including R2-D2 and the Energizer Bunny." He is also famous for his role on the science entertainment show Mythbusters.

Kacie Baum, Events and Science Outreach coordinator organizes the Nebraska Science Festival. She said the essay contest was “something that we could promote statewide, that all kids could be involved in. Not just in Omaha, where the majority of us are based.”

Judges are looking for passion and creativity. “We thought that this would be a cool thing. That maybe schools would latch on and send out to their students,” said Baum. The essay contest is for 4th through 12th graders, and the categories will be split 4th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th. Write a 150- to 1,000-word essay on what type of robot you would invent to help people or your community and why.

The deadline is March 15th and winners will be notified by March 22nd. The festival's keynote address will be April 5th at the Joslyn Art Museum. “Hopefully that's enough time that you'll be able to plan and come.” Said Baum, “You’ll be able to meet someone that you're passionate about, who's inspired you.”

Tickets for the Nebraska Science Festival go on sale March 2nd. But, if you are a 4th – 12th grader and you think you have what it takes, you could win tickets to make the event.

Kacie had a special message to tell all of the kids in the panhandle, “I would just love to see some entries from out there, I think that would be awesome! So, please please participate, we'd love to have you.”

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