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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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The above categories represent the largest potential generators of renewable energy, but there are lots of other things that don't fall into those neat boxes. This place is for all the unexpected, strange, and clever power generation ideas that might fall around the edges. 

Charge your gadgets by walking 

Just as climate change is happening because of the small actions of billions of people, there are many small ways to have a big net impact—this team has developed a system that uses the motion of walking to charge a powerpack. Right now, you have to walk 15 miles to charge a smartphone, but they're working on cutting that down to 5 miles, and it's certainly enough to run a small mp3 player while you work out!

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