If you think you can change your schooland the world, while you’re at it!and are ready to turn your idea into action, then here’s a contest for you:
The challenge: The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education and the National Science Teachers Association recently announced the kick-off of the third annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a program designed to inspire students and teachers nationwide to take action toward identifying and solving the earth’s problems. This national sustainability challenge encourages all students, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, to team up with their classmates to create solutions to environmental issues in their schools (grades K-5), community (grades 6-8) and world (grades 9-12). Some of the projects from last year’s 13,000 contenders include solutions for reducing lunchtime waste, saving local trees, and encouraging eco-friendly gardens.
The prizes: You could score over $100,000 in grants, savings bonds, exciting trips, and more!
The criteria: Judges will be looking for teams who can create a positive, measurable solution to a local sustainability issue or challenge using scientific methods. The solution must also be something that can be used by other communities. For example, last year’s grand prize winning team, “No1Idling” from Novi, Michigan ,focused on reducing community pollution by raising awareness about the environmental impact of idling vehicles among area drivers.
The entry: Students and teachers can go to wecanchange.comnow to register for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.The deadline for all entries is March 15, 2011. Finalists and winners will be announced in April 2011 and the national winners will be announced in May 2011. For more information, visit wecanchange.com or .