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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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Very often people have everything required to take a step forward on reducing carbon emissions, but they either lack the motivation to do it, or they simply don't know HOW to do it. Sometimes they don't even know it's possible. Influencing people is an incredibly complex endeavor, but it is possible that an innovation in social outreach that would work in multiple communities could have a large impact.

Boston climate action plan

Boston has a plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050. They also have a well-designed website that outlines that plan and what it means. Learn More

Berkley, CA climate change plan

This city's initiatives have resulted in a 43% reduction in waste sent to landfills, reducing their methane footprint dramatically. Learn More

Energetic art

These artificial trees generate a small amount of power as the wind blows through their "leaves", both providing renewable energy, and snowing everyone who sees them that we're surrounded by energy just waiting to be collected.  

Solar thermal power

Port Augusta, Australia is working towards replacing their coal-fire power plant with a stand-alone solar thermal plant. This is both an advance in solar power, and a new example of a community taking action on climate change!

Tortilla chips made out of crickets

This company has developed food made from insects that looks and tastes just like one of America's favorite snack foods. They're high in protein, low in fat (for chips), and good for the environment!

Positive Deviance

This organization is trying to help communities harness the inherent creativity and human resources within the community to solve seemingly intractable problems

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!

Transition town models to encourage community action

There are a number of groups working the "transition town" model, which encourages towns to work as communities to transition away from fossil fuels. 

Redesigning cities for bikes

Lessons from a "brilliant" bike plan, showing how innovations in city planning, layout, and use can result in more efficient transit.

Cooperatives to help people and institutions work together

This group is working to bring together different groups and people to build economic prosperity from climate action.


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