December 6th: Abstracts due
December 6th- December 13th: Crowd discuss of abstracts
December 20th: Submit revised abstracts
December 27th: Announcement of project ideas
December 27th- March 6th: Work on your Round 2 project
March 6th: Submission deadline for Round 2 project
March 16th- March 24th: Crowd discuss
March 25th: Winners announced!
$4,000 1st Prize
$2,500 2nd Prize
$500 Crowd vote
$500 Critic Award
Share the Challenge
In groups, students brainstorm a project focus, inspired by the latest scientific innovations featured on the project website. All participant groups submit an abstract, which is enhanced by a discussion with their peers in our private Facebook group. With this feedback, they improve and resubmit an expanded abstract. Scientist judges evaluate the potential of student ideas to make an impact, and vote on the 10 most promising ideas. ALL participants then select one of these ideas to investigate, after which they submit a 3-minute video and a short research paper. Students have a chance to win prize money and earn recognition from peers, community and experts.
Possible school contexts
The Challenges can work in the following school contexts:
- 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
Proposed student activities are standards-aligned, allowing you to meet district requirements
- Three, two-hour webinars for project orientation, review of materials, strategies for supporting problem-based learning
- Ongoing, peer-to-peer support in mentored online discussions to share practices with other teachers
- Weekly virtual “office hours” for answers to specific questions or challenges.
- Professional Development Points for hours spent on the project
Teachers, indicate your interest here.