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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 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  

Teacher supports
  • 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