Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards

The Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards Competition, sponsored by EOPD-208 Extension Committee, promotes excellence in informational materials which contribute to the understanding of agricultural and biological engineering subjects outside of the traditional classroom setting. All members are encouraged to submit their new extension materials for peer evaluation. New material is considered that was produced in the 18 months prior to the entry deadline, January 25, 2018. For example, educational materials created in July 2016 are eligible for submission in the 2018 competition.

Winners will be recognized in print and with presentation of their Blue Ribbon Certificate at the annual international meeting. This is an opportunity to recognize authors who do exceptional work and provide educational leadership beyond the classroom.

Bilingual publications, those in a non-English language and translations will be accepted. If you plan to submit a non-English language publication please contact the category judge early so a qualified judge or translator can be identified.

All entries need to be submitted by a member of ASABE by January 25th to the pertinent category judging coordinator as shown in the table below.  The entry form includes the criteria on which the entry will be judged.  If you have any questions, please send them to the Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award Coordinator, Gary Hawkins.

2017 Winners

Past Winners

Overall Competition Guidelines

Entry Form Instructions
1) Complete the boxes on the first page of the entry form for your category, including the one person to notify if a blue ribbon is received, an explanation of the purpose and intended audience of your entry and a brief description of how this educational aid meets a clear educational need or moves your educational program forward.

2) Email the form as an attachment along with your entry to the judging coordinator (listed below).

3) Electronic submission is preferred

Blue Ribbon award winners will be notified in late May and invited to attend the meeting to receive their certificate during the General Session Recognition Program. Blue Ribbon winners' names and entry categories will be published in the awards program booklet. For those who do not attend the meeting certificates will be mailed after the meeting to the person identified on the entry form as the one person to notify, for distribution to all winning authors.

Category                                                                                                       Judge

A. Electronic and Web-Based

I. Electronic Delivery: DVDs, web-based computer programs, Powerpoint shows, web-based video, audio-podcasts, video-podcasts:   Include in this category individual aids delivered electronically and via the web. Web sites are included in their own category.

Entry form

 Daniel Andersen

II. Websites:
Include in this category informational and educational web sites, and extension sites that relate to an extension topic. Include a brief description regarding background, need, intended audience, number of hits, and impact assessment (if available). Web site address should be provided and must be accessible by judging coordinator.

Entry form

 Joseph Darrington

B. Publication (Print or Electronic)

III. Publications, Short (less than 9 pages): Concise publication that treats a single topic. A series of publications <9 pages addressing related topics or ideas may be judged as a single entry Electronic submittal preferred.

Entry form

Jaime Thissen

IV. Publications, Medium (9-16 pages): Medium length publication treating a single topic or related topics. A series of short publications that address a set of related ideas may be judged as a single entry. Electronic submittal preferred.

Entry form

Charles Swanson

V. Publications, Long (17-32 pages):
Long publication that treats a single topic or related topics. A series of publications totaling greater than 16 pages may be judged as a single entry. Electronic submittal preferred.

Entry form

 Samuel McNeill

VI. Publications, Comprehensive (33 or more pages):
Comprehensive publication treating broad subjects or multiple topics. Paper copy submittal preferred. Please submit three copies.

Entry form

 Amy Schmidt

C. Extension Methods and Impact

VII. High Impact Extension Methods:
Included in this category are educational events, programs, or assessment methods that are impactful or innovative.  Entrants are limited to ASABE members who develop or deliver educational content to end-users or the general public.  Entries include a summary of five pages or less including: 1) Title page identifying extension method, agency, and personnel; 2) Problem identification, needs assessment, and target audience; 3) Objectives/goals; 4) Implementation plan; 5) Results and impacts; and 6) Evaluation OR Impact assessment methodology; and 7) Impact assessment results.

Entry form