U.S. students in grades 6-12 this challenge is for you!
Your mission? Craft a STEM project that tackles a real-world challenge. Choose from one of the 2024 themes listed below and use the scientific method or engineering design process.
Create a PDF presentation about your project, keeping it to 3 pages maximum with a minimum of 12-point font. You may include text and images to explain your ideas, but no faces or names in your PDF. Your project should be tested (if using the scientific method) or constructed (physically or digitally if using the engineering design process). Theoretical projects will receive lower scores.
The best projects from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories will become Challenge Finalists with the opportunity to advance to the next level by submitting a video in the second round. Up to 200 National Champions will win a trip to the National STEM Festival in Washington, D.C., in April 2024. There, Champions will showcase their projects to some of our nation's most influential leaders. The Festival is co-presented by the U.S. Department of Education and EXPLR.
Canva has a collection of free templates and graphics to help create your project submission.
Design a project that promotes environmental stewardship and responsible use of natural resources.
This could include conserving water and energy, preserving habitats and ecosystems, or mitigating the impact of climate change.
Projects could also explore socioeconomic factors contributing to environmental issues and scalable solutions to address them.
Jacqueline Prawira invented a way to use fish-scale waste to absorb metals in contaminated water, making previously dangerous water drinkable again.
Waste-to-Energy plants - facilities that burn garbage and turn it into steam to create electricity.
Global Forest Watch uses the high-powered NOAA-21 satellite to identify areas where illegal deforestation is occurring in the Amazon so governments can try to stop unauthorized logging.
Individual 6 – 12th grade students attending public, private, and home schools in the 50 U.S.States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories (including DoDEA and BIE schools) are eligible to enter.
Multiple entries are not allowed. Team entries are not allowed.
Please review the Challenge Rules and FAQ prior to creating your entry.
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Project’s potential for positive
impact on people, communities,
or the planet
and/or originality of the project
Clarity of your project
through images and text
Bonus points award to students who attend Title 1 eligible schools
Manager of Edu. Participation
Alyssa L. Briggs
Strategy & Outreach
Skai Blue Media