Road to a metric USA
The successful completion of this project depends on the American public wanting to change to the metric system. The first stage will therefore be to develop a series of education and promotion videos. This will be done with the help of Metric Video Competitions among high school students and others to draft education and promotion videos. Monetary prices will be awarded to the winners.
The videos will be used to educate children and the public. Free use of the videos in the schools will benefit our schools and probably not cost much, but running the videos over TV and other media channels may require sponsors and run into thousands of dollars.
The purpose of this website is to educate and promote the use of the metric system in the United States. This project will also provide help to small and medium-sized businesses coping with implementing the metric system. The website will prominently display links to foundation, corporate, nonprofit, and educational sponsors. Advertising is offered on the site, and specific information on metric products, consultants, etc. will be available for purchase.
Gage public opinion polls for USA to change to the metric system each year until it favors us going metric.
President Gerald R. Ford signed the Metric Conversion Act on 1975-12-23 to require that Federal agencies use SI in their procurement, grants, and other business related activities.
This website will save millions in education of the metric system. Top quality education videos for all grade levels in public schools will soon be made available over the Internet. This site will be made available to all users in schools, industries and homes, free of charge. It will make learning the metric system fun and easy, and it will put all one needs to know about the metric system in one file and computer screen with hyperlinks to further details and animations. The main purpose of the software will be to show how easy the metric system is, help teach it, and provide conversions from inch or metric to required units and accuracy selected. Sound will provide pronunciation of new metric terms. Some humorous animations and games should promote interest among children and help explain the simplicity of the metric system.
Time spent learning about fractions and how to use them in calculations is not required in the decimal based metric world. Different measurements units in the metric system are expressed with the help of prefixes which are in multiples of ten and may therefore be brought on the same units by simply moving the decimal point. No need to convert yards, feet and fractional inches into decimals inches. A metric America will therefore help improve and simplify our education system, increase export of manufactured goods, simplify global communications, and help businesses compete in the international market.
METRIC VIDEO COMPETITION
The Metric Video entry could have a short entry lasting for about 30 second, 1 minute or 3 minutes on educating and promoting the metric system using key elements shown on six sides of the Liter Cube (USDOT Moving with Metric) or the referenced sources:
Additional information about the metric system and how it relates to our customary Inch-Gallon-Pound system is available free of charge below:
Ch. 2. International System of Measuring Units (SI)
Ch.17. Conversion Factors and Programs
The winning proposals will be humorous with a simple straight forward presentation of the various metric units and prefixes.
Substantial cash prices will be awarded for the best three entries.