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    • Science Fair Awards

      Is your school hosting a Science Fair?  If so, it's probably just around the corner, as spring is prime time for experiments and showing what was learned at the Science Fair! Kids gain experience with the scientific process including asking a question, making a hypothesis, testing it, and then analyzing the results.

      This project is ready to blow! This project is ready to blow!

      At my daughters' elementary school, the Science Fair is a multi-night event, as there are so many kids that participate, all of the projects won't fit in the gym!  Since my college degree is in Fisheries, I love science and think Science Fairs are a great experience for kids. In fact, I volunteered on my daughter's school's Science Fair committee for 5 years, including Co-Chairing the fair for 2 years.

      In my experience, Science Fair ribbons and Science Awards are a big draw for the fair.  Kids love to get something for the effort they put into their projects, and if your fair is judged, the winners definitely deserve recognition for a job well done. If you are involved in planning your school's fair, give some thought towards the awards for the fair.

      Science Fair Awards

      Reward the hard work that goes into creating epic science projects with Science Fair Awards!  Here are some ideas in a range of budgets.

      Certificates: For our fair, we created certificates for each participant.  We formatted the certificates on regular 8 1/2"x11" paper and printed onto brightly colored copy paper on a desktop printer. Very easy and inexpensive.

      These projects are ready to be judged! These projects are ready to be judged!

      Ribbons: Ribbons are the quintessential Science Fair award.  At our school's fair, every student received an 8" peaked participation ribbon.  Classes with 100% participation received a large rosette "100% Participation" award, which teachers displayed on their classroom wall year after year.

      If you are interested in Science Fair ribbons for your school, we can create ribbons specifically for your fair. This product is not available on our website, so give us a call at 877-926-4700 for more information.

      Medals: At many fairs, projects are judged and awards are given to winners. Science medals make great prizes, as they can be engraved with the school name and year on the back.  Kids and parents love medals because they are inexpensive, small in size, easy to store, and are versatile. Kids can wear them, clip them onto a backpack, or easily display in a bedroom.  Options include our Premium Science Medallion and BriteLazer Science Medals.

      These science trophies are a great choice for your fair winners!

      Trophies:  Science Fair Trophies are another choice for winners.  These are usually larger than ribbons or medals and more expensive, so they may be a good option for older students or for top projects.  We offer many different science trophies including the Resin Science Trophy, a Science Resin Award, and Science Rising Star Award.

      Other Prizes:  For a small prize, consider a Science Lapel Pin.  These pins are top rated by our customers, available for many different academic subjects, including science!

      Judge Badges:  Even though these are not technically awards, badges make a great way to identify and acknowledge your science fair judges.  Our school had white badges with the school crest and they said "Science Fair Judge".  These look very official and made the judges stand out!

      Raffle:  Instead of trophies, our school had a raffle for participants in the fair.  Each grade has an age appropriate science kit or experiment that was raffled off to participants.  Every student who participated in the fair was automatically entered into the raffle.  It was lots of fun shopping for the raffle prizes; one website I shopped at was Steve Spangler Science; they had great experiments that the kids loved!

      Science Fairs are a great way to get kids involved in science. They learn about conducting experiments and the scientific process, which is an extremely important skill for understanding how scientific research is done as an adult.

      Wishing you a fantastic fair with amazing projects by young scientists!

      Cheers, Jessica

      Editor's note:  This post was originally posted in February of 2015.  It has been updated for content.

    • 6 Tips for Presenting Basketball Trophies

      How to Present your Basketball Trophy in a Meaningful Way

      At Trophies2Go, we want the trophy you choose for your child to last a lifetime.  Whether it's a basketball participation trophy for a young player or the State Basketball Championship for a High School team, make the award you choose meaningful with praise, recognition and words of affirmation.

      6 Tips for Presenting Awards

      Basketball awards given in a thoughtful way from the coach solidify a great season. Basketball awards given in a thoughtful way from a caring coach solidify a great season.

      1. Come From The Coach. Meaningful praise from a mentoring coach lasts a lifetime.

      2. Prepare. Spend time thinking about what each player has contributed to the team and the season.

      3. Make It A Ceremony. Even if it's on the court, have the coach individually call each player to receive their award.

      4. Recap The Season. Before presenting the trophies, briefly recap the highs and lows of the season.

      5. Tell A Personal Story. Talk about each players' strengths, team contribution, or most memorable moment. Then give the award with a handshake.

      6. Write It Down. A heartfelt note from a caring coach can be cherished for years to come.

      Don't let the basketball trophy you buy be a dust collector.  Put some thought into how you can capture the meaning around it through words of praise.  That's what transforms a sports trophy into a cherished keepsake.

      Cheers! Jessica

      Editor's note:  This post was originally posted in February of 2015.  It has been updated for content.

    • 2018 Awards and Personalization Association Expo

      The best of the best receive this trophy for our industry!

      Last week Tom, Lori N. and I attended the 2018 Awards and Personalization Association (APA) Expo in Las Vegas, NV. The awards industry's biggest event, it gives trophy and awards retailers the chance to meet with manufacturers and sales representatives face-to-face.

      Industry leaders from across the country meet to network, receive education through seminars, and touch and feel the newest award products and personalization machinery. There is even an achievement gala where the best in the awards industry is recognized with The Gold Obelisk Industry Awards!

      Highlights of the Show

      A cool new product we saw at the show, its a canvas photo shaped like a home plate!

      New Products:  We will be adding many new products to our website soon!  Watch for new Fantasy Football Trophies, new colorful art glass awards, glassware including wine and barware sets, glitter acrylic awards, to name a few.

      Education: The APA tradeshow offers interesting and informative education seminars for it's members.  Experts in different facets of the awards industry present on a wide range of topics, from technical training on how to operate equipment and software, to growing sales in your business.  Our graphic designer and laser engraver Lori N attended many classes to improve her technical skills and

      Meeting Suppliers: We had great conversations with our key suppliers, including Kathy and Greg from Tropar Manufacturing, Casey, Erick, & Brianna from Simba Cal, Dan from PDU/Cat, and Larry from Crystal Blanc .

      Dan L from PDU/Cat, our top vendor.

      Networking with Competitors: Yes, we all own awards businesses, and we are technically in competition with each other. But because our industry is so small, and what we do is positive, we have a very supportive and helpful community. The phrase "a rising tide floats all boats" seems to apply in our industry, as when recognition across the country grows, so does our sales. Each awards company seems to occupy an unique niche market so there is business for all.

      After Hours:  Since it's Vegas, there's lots of opportunity to have fun with friends! Gambling, delicious food, and schenanigans are always in the cards in Vegas!

      Thank you to the APA board members, committee members, and staff for putting on a great show this year.  Also thank you to the Rio for hosting our event.  See you all in 2019!

      Cheers! Jessica

    • What is a Plaque Award?

      What is a plaque award?  In the recognition world, there are two main definitions of what a plaque is:

      An example of a small engraved plaque, also called a plate.

      Plaque:  A small etched plaque, usually made of medal, but can also be made of plastic or cast bronze.  These plaques are small in size, usually just a few inches, and attached to an object, such as a frame, piece of artwork, bench, eagle scout project, industrial panel, etc.  Also known as an engraved plate.  These small plaques commemorate a special project, name an artist, explain an artifact, etc.

      Plaque:  A larger engraved wall plaque that is a type of recognition award.  Wall plaques are most often made of wood (but can also be made of glass and acrylic, a plastic polymer) and contain a special customized message inscribed on the plaque.  The text and often times organization logo is either etched directly into the wood or on another medium, such as a brass or aluminum plate, which is then attached to the wood.  This is a traditional corporate recognition award that can be hung on a wall and admired for years to come.

      An example of a perpetual wall plaque with a header plate and smaller plates for names.

      Perpetual Plaque:  Another type of wall plaque, this plaque contains a larger plate at the top (called a Header Plate) which lists the name of the award and often times organization name.  Below are smaller individual plates, often times called perpetual plates, that can list winner's names and dates.  This award is perpetual, meaning that you can add to it over time.  It makes a great way to showcase your businesses "employee of the month" winners, for example.

      To see all plaques at Trophies2Go, view our Plaque category, including engraved plates, wall plaques, and perpetual plaques.



    • Super Bowl Party Ideas

      Less than a week until the biggest football day of the year - SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! Want to enjoy the game, the ads, and the half-time show with friends and family? Then throw a party with a contest!

      Football and competition go hand-in-hand and a Superbowl party is the perfect opportunity to share football, food, drinks, and a little friendly competition.

      Superbowl Sunday Competitions

      Cheering the Hawks on to victory!

      Football Pool.  Have party attendees buy squares and then assign numbers to the squares for the score after each of the quarters and the end of the game.

      Prop Bet.  Who will win the coin toss?  Which team will score first?  Will Gronk do an end-zone dance?  These are all fun things you can bet on that only require luck!

      Chili Cook-off. Have your family and friends bring their chili in a crock pot for blind tasting. Read my past blog on how to host a chili cook off. Don't forget the prizes, such as chili medals, blue ribbons and chili cookoff trophies for your winners!

      Fantasy Football Awards.  Superbowl Sunday is the perfect day to award you fantasy football league winner and haze your league loser. Bring your perpetual fantasy football trophy to pass to the champ and an engraved toilet trophy for the league loser.

      Other Ideas to Make the Game Festive

      A sweet stadium made of snacks, get the idea on Pinterest!

      Cute Decorations.  Decorate in your favorite team's colors and include one of our Championship Trophies, that looks like a Lombardi trophy, for your table centerpiece. This could go home with the big winner of your Football Pool.

      Snacks: Chips and salsa, guacamole, nachos, cheese or bean dip, garlic bread, and cornbread all go great with chili. Cut up veggies with ranch or even a salad balance out the other junk so at least your guests get a little something healthy.  Check out our Pinterest page for great game day snack ideas!

      Dessert: I personally like cookies, brownies, cupcakes - things you can eat with your hands, to keep dishes at a minimum.

      Full Color Bomb Trophy For someone who blows up the game, award our popular bomb trophy!

      Drinks: Beer, lots of it. Conserve fridge space and have a cooler with ice for the beer.

      Awards:  To add some laughs at the party, I’d recommend one of our funnier trophies. Two of my favorites are The Golden Throne and The Bomb Trophy .

      The Superbowl is a great excuse to get together with family and friends, and hosting a competition is sure to bring an unique twist to your party. But no matter what, Superbowl Sunday is all about hanging out with family and friends and enjoying the best commercials of the year!

      Cheers, Jessica

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