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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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First steps 

  1. Envision how you might want to implement the program 
    • Is this project a good fit for you and your students?  
      • Does it fit your learning objectives? 
        • As part or whole of your course elective  
        • As a final middle or high school graduation project 
        • As an independent study project 
        • As a free-choice option conducted by students in out-of-school time, and mentored by you
        • As a free-choice option conducted by students during an enrichment period/club, and mentored by you
  2. Sign up interest form (closed)
  3. Receive email from the project about getting started <link>
  4. Get a group of interested students
  5. Register the team(s) by November 8th. 

Round 1: Abstracts

  1. Receive email with consents and info on next steps 
  2. Attend the first of 3 webinars 
    • Participation process, office hours, what an abstract  entails, consents and research process 
  3. Consents 
    • Teacher 
    • Parent/Student  
  4. Send in consent forms 
    • Project staff will reach out to confirm if everything is set 
  5. Attend optional office hours with any questions 
  6. Abstract submissions  due (December 6th) 
    • Edmodo comments and revisions to Abstract
  7. Final Abstract submissions  (December 20th) 

Round 2: Project Development

  1. Project work begins once the announcement of final project ideas is made
  2. Second webinar in December. 
  3. More directions to come.