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- America's Greenest School from IC Bus
Prizes to schools who submit applications explaining how their school "goes green." The biggest prize is a hybrid school bus from IC Bus.
- America's Home Energy Challenge
The US Department of Energy sponsors a challenge encouraging teams of students, grades 3-8, from schools across the nation to learn about home energy use, resources, and efficiency. Cash prizes and other awards will be given in 2011-2012. Administered by the National Science Teachers Association.
- American Road & Transportation Builders Association Student Video Contest
American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) organizes an Annual Student Transportation Video Contest: Each year, they ask students of all ages across the USA to submit a short video about any aspect of transportation, and then screen the winning videos at ARTBA’s National Convention in the fall.
Interested students must submit a 2 to 4 minute video that examines transportation in one of two categories: General Transportation or Safety.
Submissions are usuall due in October. As of 2019, top winners will receive a cash prize of $500 and the winning videos will be viewed at ARTBA’s National Convention.
- American Solar Challenge
A rayce is a race using rays of sunlight. Now the North American Solar Challenge
- Ashden awards
Ashden, a UK-based charity, annually offers awards to organizations for achievements in the field of energy efficiency and environmentally friendly energy production and use.
- BP Ultimate Field Trip
The Ultimate Field Trip is a UK-wide competition BP runs every year. It’s aimed at undergraduates and masters students. To take part, you'll need to get a team of three people. It will challenge you to solve a real-world problem in energy supply and demand.
- Building Energy 2010 Student Design Competition
Teams of design/architecture students will compete to redesign a site at a once prominent brewery in Portsmouth NH. Deadline for the 2010 competition is Dec 31, 2010. See the site for registration and rules.
- California Solar Regatta
The California Solar Regatta is an annual solar-boat race open to secondary schools and colleges, usually taking place near the end of spring semester.
- Campus Conservation Nationals
Annual campus resource-conservation competition between dozens of college campuses in the US.
- Clean Tech Competition
The Clean Tech Competition is a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Each year, the Clean Tech Competition addresses an issue that is grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges.
- Climate Change in Focus, a video contest for US middle school students
A contest for middle-school students from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the National Environmental Education Foundation.
- Connecticut Electrathon
High school and college competition of minimal human-scale electric race cars.
- Connecticut's Cool It Climate Change Challenge
A contest for CT students to develop solutions to problems associated with Climate Change.
- Conservation Matters -- Environmental Excellence Awards
A private coalition awarding $10,000 for excellent projects that help to preserve the environment.
- Cool School Challenge
Offering an energy audit toolkit, featuring leading school on the home page.
- DeepCWind Consortium
This consortium led by folks from U. Maine Orono studies far-off-shore wind power possibilities. They hold an annual competition for teams from Maine schools, called Windstorm Challenge, and they list internships and study opportunities in wind power.
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition free for students in grades six through nine where teams can compete for state, regional and national awards while working to solve problems in their community.
- Edison Challenge, Southern California Edison
From their web site: "Student-teacher teams will be challenged to create projects focusing on an area of environmental science to compete for great prizes. Participating teachers are also invited to attend a series of science curriculum workshops for professional development.
Projects topics must be based on the theme of 'Energy and the Environment' and should include certain project components."
- Electrathon America
ELECTRATHON is a type of ELECTRIC MARATHON in which the winner is determined by how far you go in a certain time with a given amount of battery power. ELECTRATHON AMERICA class competition uses specific design rules to ensure safe and fair competition. ELECTRATHON AMERICA events are held around the country, featuring zippy one-person electric vehicles on race tracks.
Students are challenged to simulate a city, maximizing metrics like population and well-being while minimizing metrics like energy use and pollution. Teachers or students can make their own objectives, such as getting a top score on environmental issues. A limited version of the game runs off-line.
- Energy Whiz Olympics Florida
The EnergyWhiz Olympics is held annually at the Florida Solar Energy Center and is composed of the Junior Solar Sprint, Hydrogen Sprint, Energy Innovations and the conclusion of the Florida Middle School Science Bowl.
- Formula Sun Grand Prix
International race for solar cars.
- Future City
Over 30,000 middle-school age students participate in Future City every year, in dozens of regional events. With a mentor from the field of engineering, participants study the dynamics of growth and resources, then engineer, design, and build a future city. Teachers organize and guide teams through the projects.
- Green Dollhouse Challenge
In our Green Dollhouse Challenges, K-12 students, families, design/build students, and design/build professionals will build model play-houses to explore concepts and technologies related energy production, energy use, efficiency, materials, architecture, utility, aesthetics, appreciation of nature, renewable resources, true wealth, healthy living, clean air, and clean water. Awards are non-competitive.
- Green Prize in Public Education
Introduced in 2011, The National Environmental Education Foundation, with major support from the NEA Foundation and in partnership with EarthEcho International, will recognize and celebrate an outstanding K-12 public school that has successfully taken on the challenge of becoming a green school through the Green Prize in Public Education.
- Hunt-Winston School Solar Car Challenge
An annual solar-electric car race at Texas Motor Speedway.
- Hydrogen Student Design Contest
In this contest, teams are challenged to design an energy efficient building that utilizes hydrogen produced from renewable sources for its as much of its energy needs as feasible.
- Igniting Creative Energy Challenge
Students and teachers submit their experiences in energy education for an annual prize. Organized by the National Energy Foundation, developed by a partership between NEF and Johnson Controls. Open to students K-12, the Challenge is an educational competition designed to encourage students to learn more about energy and the environment. All student entries will be recognized, with Grand Prize Trips awarded to three students and one teacher.
- Innovate to Mitigate
TERC, a nonprofit R&D organization focused on STEM education, has launched Innovate to Mitigate, a competition for middle and high school students to design a method to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Junior Solar Sprint Northeast
Up to 2011, The Northeast Solar Energy Association annually organized a championship race for shoebox-size solar cars built by teams of middle-school students. The site also listed local races. The championship was usually accompanied by a fair on the Museum Quadrangle, featuring organizations concerned with sustainability.
- KidWind Challenge
Annual event where students in middle school and high school design table-top wind turbines and bring them to compete with others from a geographical area. Like Junior Solar Sprint.
- MA Excellence in Environmental and Energy Educ.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs accepts applications for the Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education. In 2008, the deadline for submitting your application is March 18 at the close of business.
- Maine Wind Blade Challenge
Teams of high school-age students build blades for a wind turbine and compete in an annual event each April.
- National Electric Drag Racing Association
The National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) exists to increase public awareness of electric vehicle (EV) performance and to encourage through competition, advances in electric vehicle technology. Reaching 159.85 MPH in 7.956 seconds on the quarter-mile track Dennis Berube holds the 2007 record. Adult themes in some of the reporting.
- Nebraska Public Power District--Power Drive
The Power Drive Program is an educational effort that challenges high school students to design and build one-person electric vehicles during the school year. In the spring, these teams of students compete with one another at organized rallies in areas such as vehicle braking, maneuverability and endurance. Teams from around Nebraska compete annually. Comparable to Electrathon.
- New York Electrathon
New York's competition for one-passenger electric vehicles.
- North American Envirothon
North American Envirothon is a not-for-profit organization established to coordinate the delivery of an environmental education program for high school students throughout North America. North American Envirothon is headquartered in League City, Texas.
Envirothon is an annual competition where teams compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.
- Oregon Manifest
A design/build competition to create the modern utility bike. Portland, Oregon, is one of the world's leading communities in replacing automobile culture with fuel-free and efficient transportation. This challenge celebrates the homespun industry that's making innovative bicycles for delivering goods and people for better commerce.
- Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
The Sacramento Municipal Utility Districty offers educational programs in Sacramento County, including competitions, curriculum, and training.
- Shell Eco-Marathon
The Shell Oil company sponsors this annual event in which teams compete to build vehicles that get over 1000 mpg. Most vehicles carry one person (the driver), travel about 25 kph, and run on gasoline.
- Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge
Launching in Fall 2008 for grades 6-8, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will provide students and teachers with the tools and resources to inspire innovative thinking about sustainability issues, and engage them in developing actionable solutions for a greener world.
- Smart Competition
The SMART Competition challenges international teams of high school age students to redesign a gymnasium on an existing high school campus. The redesign must incorporate sustainable materials and efficient energy concepts while ensuring functionality and affordability of their design.
- SMARTT Challenge
Formerly the EV Challenge, a curriculum which previously focused on building an electric vehicle, but was expanded to include alternative fuels and vehicles. Students in the high school SMARTT Challenge program participate in a comprehensive curriculum which includes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Electronics and learning about biofuels, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen Internal Combustion Engines, and hybrids. The new curriculum includes information on emissions, greenhouse gases, global warming, and approaches to ways that students can contribute towards clean transportation.
- Solar Electric Vehicle Team at MIT
- Solar Rollers: a high school remote control solar car challenge
A project of Energetics Education, Solar Rollers challenges high school student teams to design, build, and race solar-powered remote control cars. Engaging many different types of learners, Solar Rollers teaches energy management, STEM skills, teamwork, self-confidence and problem-solving. Teams are supported with cutting-edge materials kits and extensive online resources.
- The Big Green Challenge-Highlands and Islands
The Big Green Challenge is a debating competition for S2 pupils in the Highlands and Islands area (Scotland). The competition reflects the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) in Scottish schools, focuses on renewable energy and will test the topical science knowledge and debating skills of all participants.
- The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Find out how to nominate a student (8-18 years) for their service to the planet.
- Urban Energy Policy Inst. Photo and Essay comps
The Urban Energy Policy Institute has photo and essay competitions for college students studying energy-related majors.
- US Dept. of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition
Undergraduate students plan, design, build, test, and present a wind turbine using market data. In 2014, ten colleges from the U.S. were selected to participate in the competition.
- Volvo Adventure
Volvo Adventure - in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme - is an educational programme that rewards environmental activities among the decision makers of the future. Environmental projects are undertaken by young people (13-16) to improve their local environment. The projects are published on these webpages and the best projects will be selected for an all expenses paid trip to Sweden.
- Westinghouse Energy Student Video Contest
Westinghouse Electric Company, makers of nuclear power plants, through its N-Vision Program, encourages education in science, technology and mathematics. One way that they do this is through their video contest on the forms of energy.
- Windstorm Challenge -- DeepCWind Consortium
The Windstorm Challenge is an annual competition each spring in Maine since 2009, sponsored by the DeepCWind Consortium, a group of institutions researching far-offshore wind power. Secondary-school age students build model-sized floating platforms for wind turbines and compete in a wave-pool for stability.
- X-Prize Cars
Blog following teams competing for the Progressive Automotive X-Prize, a competition to create a production-ready passenger vehicle that gets over 100 miles per gallon.
- Young Scientist Innovation Fair
An annual fair in San Diego, CA, where students identify and then offer a solution to a problem in energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and/or decreasing impacts on the environment.
- Zero Footprint Challenge
How much carbon do we produce for each student we educate? How different is one school's footprint from another? The Zero footprint Challenge is a global initiative encouraging schools around the world to measure, compare and change their footprints. Zero Footprint provides the software that allows schools to benchmark their impact and provides a platform for students to challenge one another to reduce. The Zero Footprint Challenge will enable students to measure, compare and change the environmental impact of their school.
- Green Dollhouse Challenge Oct 2010 workshop notes
- GreenDollhouseChallengeWorkshop20101029.pdf (file size:93,797 bytes)
- Written by Shawn Reeves, to spur discussion among NYS STEM teachers about how to start the Green Dollhouse Challenge.