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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? 
      • How will you implement it? 
        • Do you have a club that you can start or that your already lead where this will work? 
        • Do you have freedom in your curriculum to have your class devote 1 period a week? 
        • Do you have a group of students that might be interested in performing an Independent Study project?
  2. Sign up interest form ( receive further information about registration 
  3. Receive email from I2M describing project a bit more 
  4. Get a group of interested students 
    • Script for recruitment
  5. Register the team(s) <> by October 4th. 

Round 1: Abstracts

  1. Receive email with consents and info on next steps 
  2. Attend the first of 3 webinars 
    • Talk about consents, FB process, teacher FB group, office hours, what an abstract entails 
  3. Consents 
    • Teacher 
    • Parent/Student  
  4. Create a Facebook profile for each group (link) 
  5. Send in consent forms 
    • Project staff will reach out to confirm if everything is set 
  6. Attend optional office hours with any questions 
  7. Abstract submissions due (October 25th) 
    • FB comments and revisions to Abstract
  8. Final Abstract submissions (November 15th) 

Round 2: Project Development

  1. Project work begins once the announcement of final project ideas is made (November 18th)
  2. Second webinar right after Nov. 20th or 21st.  
  3. More directions to come.