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We welcome 8th – 12th grade STEM teachers who want to engage their students in problem-based learning, doing STEM projects with the potential for real-world impact in mitigating climate change.

The I2M Challenges, structured to align with NGSS practices, can work in the following school contexts:

  • As part or whole of your course elective
  • As a final graduation or independent study project
  • As a free-choice option in science club after school.

Read a brief article  describing past student submissions or browse student videos.


 $4,000 1st Prize

  $2,500 2nd Prize

  $500 Critic Award

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Media tool kit 

A majority of energy generation comes from creating rotary motion to move magnets past conductive material. Biochemical electricity comes from living organisms, like bacteria, algae, and viruses.

Using swamp muck to generate electricity

This guide shows how to use swamp muck and a few other materials to create a microbial fuel cell that can harvest electricity generated by bacteria.

Using a virus to generate electricity

Researchers at MIT have figured out how to alter a virus in order to augment existing electrode technology. Learn More


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