Frequently Asked Questions

Do students have to write in English?

No, students can write or speak in their native language. Narrative Atlas operations are available in several languages, however the submission form is in English. The submission form will be [voluntarily] translated into European languages and supplied as downloadable PDFs, as needed. Student stories will remain in their native languages, for the time being.

Can younger students participate?

Of course! The challenge was originally designed for secondary school students but if you are a primary school student with a project you would like to share, we would love to see your story.

What is the mentor’s role and who can be a mentor ?

The mentor is often a classroom teacher, but also very well be an educator leading a non-school project. His or her role is simply to guide students through the project. He or she will also be the person to contact if there is a need.

Is it about sharing our personal experience as a scientist or our scientific experiment ?

This depends on the mentor and the students. Some chose to focus on scientific communication tools while others prefer a scientific diary. A mix of both is also great! This could be the case if the outcome of an experiment spurs student or community action.

As a mentor with multiple students working on multiple stories, how many stories can we submit?

As many as you would like! We recommend that in order to ease your workload in uploading submissions, that you group them in some way. For example, if many students create drawings, upload multiple drawings as a "gallery," as one story.

Are there awards?

We will send a virtual certificate of participation for every student that participated! We are planning to display the student's histories at the DITOs final event next year, with proper authorization of course. 

We are also working on organizing a small committee to judge other awards, for example "school with the most students involved" or "most creative medium."





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