This is the 8th year this contest has been active, last year the contest received more then 650 submissions with 150 participants claiming their prizes. Over the years, 3500 students and 500 teachers participated in DISTCO contests, sponsored by North American University.
Qualifying digital stories are told using digital tools such as computer programs, tablets, apps or a digital camera. Participants create a short movie containing still images, sound clips, background music, and the gift of your voice! Students all of over the world participate in each year as young as Kindergarten students. The submitted stories can be non-fiction or fiction and the contest has many categories for story submission such as English Language Arts, Math, Science, Pop Culture, Sports, and personal stories. Submissions are judged in two formats, a select panel of judges and by social media. A winner will be announced for each category on May 5, 2016 and a prize presentation ceremony will be held on 3rd week of May at North American University for winners to claim their prize. Prizes may only be claimed in person.