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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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One obstacle to reducing carbon emissions through any means is often money. While there are some things people can simply stop doing, larger changes like renovations, different vehicles, solar panels, and so on require money that is not necessarily available. Coming up with new and creative techniques for financing renewable energy development at ANY scale can have a large impact.

Wind-powered trains

The Netherlands' largest train operator has signed a contract with a large European wind energy corporation to power all of their trains—enough power to run Amsterdam for a year—off of wind energy, and they're going to do it by 2018! Learn More

Crowdfunding renewable energy projects

Installing energy infrastructure can be expensive—sometimes too expensive for any one person or any small group of people to do. Crowdfunding allows those who have money at hand to give a little bit, to have a large cumulative impact, and enable people to take steps towards renewable energy that would otherwise be beyond their financial ability. 

Solar hybrid technology for 24/7 power generation

Modular design allows for small-scale installations, or for gradual financing and construction of large-scale installations—you can build a bit of the power plant, and still get power from it. Learn More


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