Iowa High School Radon Video Contest
(January 14, 2015)
The American Lung Association in Iowa is launching a Iowa High School Radon Video Contest
To increase awareness of radon’s health hazards, Iowa Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association in Iowa and of the Upper Midwest, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 are hosting an annual statewide radon video contest. We are calling on Iowa high school students (individuals, groups, or classes) to create a 1 minute Commercial Style Video or Public Service Announcement (PSA) that will increase public education of radon gas and encourage Iowa residents to test their homes.
Radon is a radioactive gas, completely undetectable by human senses, that is known to be the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers nationwide. This hazardous gas originates from the decay of naturally-occurring uranium within the soil that enters buildings through foundation joints and small cracks and can be inhaled. 100% of Iowa counties are considered at high risk of high levels of Radon. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Iowa has the largest percentage (71.6%) of homes above the EPA recommended level of 4.0 pCi/L. The EPA estimates that 400 Iowa citizens die from radon related lung cancer annually.
For this contest year (2015), monetary prizes are to be given to the top five videos, including $800 to the first place participants; $600 to second place; $400 to third place; and $250 to two honorable mention videos. Additionally, each high school is eligible for ONE monetary prize if their students win a first ($300), second ($200), or third ($100) place in the contest. The judges will also select a group of videos that will be entered into a marketing contest. The video with the most views during a 1 week period will win a monetary prize of $300. Details about this contest will be sent directly to video contacts.