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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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Manufacturing interacts with climate change on a number of levels. On the one hand, it requires energy to manufacture goods, so it is currently a source of greenhouse gasses. On the other hand, the materials used can ALSO be a source of CO2. Advances in manufacturing can take the form of reducing energy costs, changing energy sources, or materials that either replace carbon-intensive ones, or even act to pull carbon out of the atmosphere at some level.

Using fungus to create a variety of materials

This company uses mushrooms, grown in molds, to create materials for packaging, insulation, car parts, structural building materials, and even surfboards. Not only does their product require relatively little energy to create, it replaces other, more energy-intensive products, and has a wide range of applications.

Beetle wing casings to make plastic

A Dutch designer has developed a way to convert beetle wing casings—made mostly of chitin—into a kind of bioplastic. Given that a number of people are trying to develop ways to farm insects for food, chitin-based plastics could turn out to be a major part of manufacturing in the future.


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