Cyber AwARe Poster Contest

The Cyber AwARe Poster Contest is a competition designed to promote cyber safety among Arkansas public school students. Entries for the contest will be accepted until October 31, 2021. Participating students are required to create a new, original poster centered on the theme of "Be Cyber Smart".

Do you have a cool poster idea on this topic? Design one, and send it our way! Not only are you eligible for prizes, winning posters will also be shared for use in schools across our state.

"Be Cyber Smart"

The internet is full of knowledge, entertainment, and activity designed to enrich our lives. But making our online life fun also requires staying safe from threats like phishing, ransomware, malware, cyberbullying, hacking and more. Thankfully, learning to stay safe online is free, convenient, and easy to do!

Here are a few links that provide more information on the topic of staying safe online:

Contest Rules and Guidelines

General Rules

  • The 2021 Cyber AwARe Poster Contest will be open for entries until October 31, 2021 11:59 p.m.
  • Winners will be announced on November 8, 2021.
  • The theme of the contest is "Be Cyber Smart".
  • The contest is open only for Arkansas public school students in grades 4 through 12.
  • Students must work individually and only one submission per student is allowed.

How to Enter

  • Send your submissions via email by October 31.
    • Send to shashank.avvaru@ade.arkansas.gov
    • Subject: Cyber Aware Poster Contest Submission - (name of your poster)
    • Attach: image or PDF of your poster
    • Include in the email:
      • First and last name
      • Your grade
      • Name of your school
      • Name of your district
  • All entries must be submitted digitally only.
  • The file name of the poster must be in the following format: Student Name - title of the poster. For example, if your name is Jane Doe and your poster’s title is Cyber Hero, the filename must be Jane Doe - Cyber Hero.
  • The poster must be in a viewable, printer-friendly format. Examples of format include but are not limited to jpeg, jpg, png, pdf.
  • For digitally-created posters, the poster dimensions must be 1375 x 2125 pixels (11x17 inches).
  • For high quality photographs of posters made on paper/canvas, the photograph/scan must be cropped to the edges of the artwork, and the shortest side should at least be 1000 pixels.

Do's and Don'ts

  • Only a poster created in its entirety by the student will be eligible. The use of copyrighted materials is strictly prohibited.
  • Plagiarism i.e. duplication of format/content/style from elsewhere is strictly prohibited. The determination of whether a poster is plagiarized will rest with the judges.
  • Inappropriate content and vulgarity are strictly prohibited and will be immediately disqualified. The determination of whether a poster is inappropriate and/or vulgar will rest with the judges.
  • ABSOLUTLELY NO political posters, relating to either domestic or international politics. Those entries will be immediately disqualified.
  • Here are some examples of eligible cybersecurity and cyber safety themed posters:

Judging Criteria

  • Every eligible poster will be scored on four key components of equal weight:
    • Communication of the topic
    • Effective use of media
    • Design of layout/organization
    • Originality/creativity
  • The poster contest will be scored across the following grade levels:
    • Grades 4 - 6
    • Grades 7 - 9
    • Grades 10 - 12

For more information, please contact:
Shashank Avvaru, Technology Outreach Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Research & Technology
Phone: 870-331-9868
Email: Shashank.Avvaru@ade.arkansas.gov