Innovate to Mitigate challenges 8th12th grade students to submit ideas that will mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gases. 

People around the world are working hard on this problem. To meet the big challenges we face, we need good ideas from everyone. This competition invites students to join the global community addressing climate change and unlocks their potential for finding solutions! 


How Does the Challenge Work?

Student teams submit a brief abstract describing their idea(s) for an innovation. After crowdsourced discussion, they use feedback from peers to revise their idea, then develop and test a mitigation prototype. Finally, they submit a video and paper that make the case for how and why their innovation will reduce greenhouse gases. Winners are selected by a team of judges.  

Students! Compete for a chance to win prize money. Earn recognition from peers, community, and experts. 

Teachers! Engage your students in problem-based learningInvite them to do STEM projects that have the potential for real-world impact in mitigating climate change.  The Innovate to Mitigate Challenge, aligned with Next Generation Science Standards practices, works in the following contexts:

  • As part or whole of an elective course  
  • As a final graduation or independent study project 
  • As a free-choice option in science club after school 

Read a brief articledescribing past student submissions or browse student videos.

Interested teachers can preregister below. We will contact you promptly to share more information and answer questions.


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Learn More About Innovate to Mitigate

Even now, even that it's all over, the kids don't want to give it up. We've got this air duct circle that we're going to open up and use as a better reflector. Then we're going to roll that up again and put the glass tube inside it with a little bit of Styrofoam to keep it in place, and then we'll be able to market that to local farmers and say, 'Try using this and making your own biochar.'"

– Teacher