Educators visiting Barnes & Noble Victor Valley Mall during Educator Appreciation Days can receive information about Barnes & Noble’s 2016 My Favorite Teacher Contest at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher, which provides middle and high school students the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers by writing an essay, poem or letter about them.
Local winning teachers are recognized at an in-store event in the spring and are eligible to win prizes at the regional level. One regional winner will be named the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year and receive a cash prize of $5,000, with their school also receiving $5,000. The My Favorite Teacher Contest runs thru March 1, 2016. Student entry forms are in store.
During Educator Appreciation Days, Barnes & Noble will offer a special sweepstakes in which educators can enter to win a Maker Space for their school, featuring some of the leading products in technology today, including the da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3D Printer from XYZprinting, Ozobot Classroom Kit, Raspberry Pi Kit, littleBits Deluxe Kit, Electronic Snap Circuits from ELENCO and Extraordinaires® Design Studio PRO. Maker Space prizes will help educators teach students the valuable skills of coding and 3D printing, while giving students the opportunity to gain hands-on learning experiences in the art of designing, handcrafting and constructing.
The sweepstakes winner will also receive books that teach how to use technology in the spirit of collaboration, cooperative learning and teamwork. The book prize package includes titles like Making Makers by AnnMarie Thomas, the Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 2 by Charles Platt, Teach Your Kids to Code by Bryson Payne, and Design for 3D Printing by Samuel N. Bernier, to name just a few.
To enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes that are valued at approximately $4,000.00, educators should visit their local Barnes & Noble retail store and ask a bookseller how to enter Saturday, January 9, through Sunday, January 17. To find their local Barnes & Noble store, customers should visit www.bn.com/storelocator.
“During our Mini Maker Faire this past November, partnerships with schools across the country helped make it a tremendous success and allowed us to introduce the Maker Movement & tech literacy to our customers,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President of Business Development. “We want to help a teacher to get their own Maker Space established in their school so students can be inspired daily to ideate, invent and create.”
As always during Educator Appreciation Days, public, private and homeschool educators who shop at their local Barnes & Noble store or online at BN.com will receive special discounts on merchandise, including: 25% discount on personal and classroom books, toys, games, music, movies and more;10% off the list price on tech tools to help bring tech literacy to classrooms;10% off the list price on all NOOK tablets and eReaders including the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK, the 9.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK®, the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK®, and the new NOOK GlowLight Plus*; and a 10% discount on all Café consumable purchases.
Other prizes and giveaways are gift cards, books, posters, educator guides, sticker sheets, activity kits and tote bags.
These offers are available to pre-K-12 teachers and administrators enrolled in the Barnes & Noble Educator Discount program. Educators can apply for their Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card in their local stores. The application form is available in stores or can be downloaded at BN.com.