The AFS:METHOD Web Design Contest is open to Central Ohio high school students
in grades 9 through 12. This web design competition was created to recognize and
reward high school students who create web sites.
Download the Contest Details & Entry Form (PDF)
- One (1) Grand Prize — $500
- Two (2) Honorable Mentions
Registration Opens – February 18th
Download the full brochure (PDF) and get the contest details, theme, and entry form.
Registration Closes – March 18th
Scan and email your completed entry form to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, mail your entry form to us at AFS Web, ATTN: AFS:METHOD, 5500 New Albany Rd, Ste 300, New Albany, Ohio 43054. Mailed entry forms must be postmarked by March 1st.
Initial Design Deadline – April 8th
The Contest Theme & Milestones PDF provides the theme of the contest. Use it as a guideline for creating your website design. An initial design is due on April 1st.
Final Coded Design – May 3rd
The final 3-5 page website must be submitted to email@example.com as a ZIP file by the end of the day.
Winners Announced – May 14th
The contest winner will be notified via email by 12:00PM on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013. The winning design and honorable mentions will be displayed on the competition website and on the AFS Web Facebook page.
Rules & Requirements
The website must contain the following sections and file names:
- Home Page (index.html)
- Menu/main navigation
- Contact Page (contact.html) - Page must display the following information:
- Student Name
- High School Name
- Credits Page (credits.html) – List of Content Attributions (see below)
Templates may not be used. All code and ideas must be original to the student.
Content Attributions/Copyrighted Material
All entries must adhere to copyright laws. Students may not use intellectual property
(images, sound, images, code) created by another person without obtaining written
permission by the creator.
All graphics, text and multimedia components must be listed on the credits page
(credits.html). Copyright status for each graphic and multimedia component used
must be noted.
Instances of valid copyright statuses are as follows:
- Student owns the rights to the content.
- Student has gained permission to use the file. Include the written permission documentation
or a URL to the documentation proof.
- File is free to use. Include a URL reference to the source and a URL reference to
show the file is free to use.
Cascading Style Sheets
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) must be created from scratch or by using Dreamweaver,
Notepad++, or Visual Studio. Using a cascading style sheet from any other source
will be considered cheating.
Flash, Java, Silverlight and other technologies requiring plug-ins are not permitted.
Permission to Publish
By entering the AFS:METHOD competition, each student is giving AFS Web permission
to publish his or her work on its website and in all forms of promotional material,
which may include print, electronic or other.
Parent/Guardian and Teacher Consent
Student, parent/guardian of student, and teacher must sign the official entry form
for the AFS:METHOD competition. In doing so, student, parent/guardian, and teacher
state the following:
- All design, coding and production of the website was done by the student.
- Any graphics, text or multimedia components not created by the student is used with
explicit permission by the creator(s) and properly credited.
- Student’s name and school may be used in publicity materials about the competition.
- They will adhere to the rules of the competition set forth by the competition organizers,
as well as all federal, state and local laws.
Each site will be judged by no less than three (3) judges. The judges’ scores will be totaled to determine semifinalists. All semi-finalist sites will be reviewed a second time by the judges in order to select a Grand Prize winner and two honorable mentions.
Sites will be evaluated for the following:
- Visual appeal and style (colors, fonts, use of white space)
- Ease of use
- Consistent look and feel
Marketing and Content
- Appeal and relevance of content to target audience
- Correct spelling and grammar
- Quality of writing and use of images
- Good use of “content chunking”
- Well-formed HTML and CSS
- Site performance (download speed)
- Cross-browser compatibility
- Optimized graphics for best appearance and fast downloading
The decision of the judges is final.
The judges reserve the right to modify the competition
rules or submission procedures during the competition if
Winner will be notified via email by 12:00PM on Tuesday,
May 14th, 2013. The winning design and honorable mentions
will be displayed on the competition website and on the
AFS Web Facebook page.