A few months ago, I told a well-connected colleague about the USA Science & Engineering Festival. He asked me how he could help and I suggested he help us spread the word. Well, he enthusiastically sent out a blast and I was copied on his email to about forty scientists.
One of the recipients responded to the email, almost instantaneously, saying that he had visited our website and saw a link to our jingle contest. His complaint to the email list was: “What has science come to? Do we really need a jingle contest?” I must admit that I was taken aback as I had initiated the contest. I mulled over his comments for several days, wondering whether I should discontinue the contest.
Then I literally stumbled upon this quote from Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman:
“Our poets do not write about it; Our artists do not try to portray this remarkable thing. I don’t know why. Is no one inspired by our present picture of the universe? The value of science remains unsung by singers: you are reduced to hearing not a song or poem, but an evening lecture about it. This is not yet a scientific age.”
I believe the answer is a resounding Yes — Science could use a jingle.
We are nearing the end of the USA Science and Engineering Festival jingle competition and have had dozens of wonderful submissions. I must admit that when I hear a jingle like the following one it does stir in me a grand, passionate feeling about science.
Find out more about submitting your jingle to the competition here.
Prize for the winning Jingle: $500 (and knowing that your Jingle will be heard and sung by hundreds of thousands of science enthusiasts across the country)
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2010
You can sing it solo or with your friends, with your choir or band, in unison or harmony, with accompaniment or a cappella, as long as the words and music are your idea and the entire Jingle is your original idea.
We are looking for a Jingle that
* • captures the spirit of curiosity, innovation and discovery that the Festival is all about
* • is so memorable that people can’t stop singing it!
Imagine hundreds of thousands of people humming your Jingle on their way to the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo Day in the National Mall!