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Name Our Children’s Website Contest

housecartoonDrumroll please… It’s time for the first ever official GWW contest! That’s right- we need a name for our new children’s website and who better to ask than the very teachers that will be using it this fall. The website will feature a 3-D virtual Mount Vernon estate that the player can explore while searching for objects and meeting the Washingtons, their grandchildren Nelly and Washy, Dr. Craik, Billy Lee, and many of the other people who lived and worked here. Two features of the game will be Harpsichord Hero (just like Guitar Hero except a bit more historic) and Bombarding Yorktown, where the player will help General Washington blow the British fortifications to bits (in a non-bloody way, of course).

Now for such an amazing online experience, we need a name that appeals to 5-year olds, 13-year olds, and 53-year olds. Prior suggestions have been “George Washington Rocks!,” “Washington’s World,” “Simulation Plantation,” “Tons of Fun with Washington,” and “Wii-shington.” Chime in if you like any of these, but if you have a new idea for a name, let us know! If we pick your name, we will send you a basket of our award-winning DVDs, curriculum kits, and teaching resources and provide one free videoconference of your choice this school year. The contest will end next week on July 31st (UPDATE: Deadline extended to August 8th!). And keep an eye out for the premiere of Harpsichord Hero next month only on GWW!

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9 Responses to “Name Our Children’s Website Contest”

  1. Sharon Schneider Says:

    Suggestion for new website name: “Where in the World is George Washington?”

  2. David Cosand Says:

    My suggestion is simple and obvious, so there is a high likelihood it’s already been put out there.
    How about “Virtual Vernon”?
    I can see my students using the name with ease. It is descriptive and clearly connected to the estate.

    I’m looking forward to being able to share the site with my students this fall!

  3. Scherry Cooley Says:

    I would call your children’s site, “George & Martha’s House.” Exploring a well-designed site is like visiting a gracious home - you can’t wait to peek into the next room and see what there is to discover. I would also put a pet in the president’s house. Presidential pets have long captured the imagination of American children, both the young and the young at heart. We know that prancing about Mount Vernon, accompanying the president on morning jaunts across the estate, were “French Hounds” - seven short dogs Lafayette sent from France. They were basset hounds, the adorable, flop-eared dogs of Hush Puppy fame. Give President Washington an endearing puppy, following at his heels and popping up in view at opportune moments, and you will fix a child’s attention in a powerful way. (Nothing makes a larger-than-life figure accessible like a friendly little dog, happily wagging his tail at his master’s side.) Contemporary education must consider imaginative ways to attract the eye and engage the mind of a student. Even Norman Rockwell admitted that he frequently relied on one visual tool for adding warmth to a painting: “Throw in a puppy.”

  4. Mount Vernon Education Department Says:

    Thank you all so far for the great ideas! We may have to take a vote if the names keep rolling in! We’re going to extend the deadline another week to see what else comes our way… Well done!

  5. BeautifuliSalties Says:

    I’m relieved to find this post. Thank you for the info.

  6. Sonya Fergeson Says:

    I like GeorgeQuest!

  7. Catherine Helms Says:

    I would like to submit my idea for the children’s new website. It is “Walking with the Washingtons.”

  8. Margaret Wiley Says:

    George Goes 3D!

    Kids enjoy interactive 3D experiences. This name tells them what to expect and may build a desire to “try it”.

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