Teen Ink Contest

Deadline: Ongoing
Hybrid cars? Organic food? Solar and wind energy? Pay-as-you-throw trash programs? Required recycling? If you have a plan to save the world, we want to hear about it. And if you know a lot about a current problem facing the planet – pollution, overpopulation, natural resource consumption/destruction – share your thoughts with others by writing a persuasive essay.

California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

Postmark Deadline: January 31, 2017
California Coastal Art and Poetry Contest 2017 Flyer
The California Coastal Commission invites California students in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit artwork or poetry with a coastal or marine theme to the annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge

Register through February 3, 2017
Deadline: March 3, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy’s BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge engages 9th–12th-grade high school teams to research one of five cross-curricular bioenergy topics and design infographics to share what they have learned through various social media channels. The purpose of the Challenge is to enhance energy literacy and foundational knowledge about bioenergy, as well as help students understand how they can play an important role in shaping America’s energy future. The unique design component of the Challenge also encourages creativity and engagement through arts-based learning of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).


Submission Deadline: February 6, 2017
ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. A teacher will sponsor and lead his/her students as they work in groups of 2 – 4 to simulate real research and development. A teacher will guide his or her students as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros and cons, and obstacles. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement in real time.

Kids to Parks Day National School Contest

Deadline: February 14, 2017.
The purpose of the contest is to empower students to create and plan their own park experience. This national contest is open to all under-served schools across the country and in all U.S. Territories. Students can submit proposals for a Kids to Parks Day event at a park in their community. National Park Trust will award grants up to $1,000 to winning entries.

Community College Innovation Challenge

Submissions are due February 15, 2017.
Are you a community college student who has a novel idea that uses science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)? The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) present the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) that asks student teams to innovate a STEM-based solution to a real-world problem. Teams will submit projects in one of three themes: Maker to Manufacturer, Energy and Environment, and Security Technologies. Form your team with a faculty mentor and community and/or industry partner to enter. An entry consists of a written portion and a 90-second video. Visit the Promotional Toolkit, where you can download posters, postcards and more.

World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest

Submissions are due February 23, 2017.
Create a short video – up to 60 seconds – about human population growth that highlights one of the following global challenges: Climate Change, Ocean Health, or Rapid Urbanization. All videos must include:
a) how population growth impacts the issue and
b) at least one idea for a sustainable solution.
All students grades 6-12 worldwide are eligible to participate and win

Cal Water H2O Challenge

Submissions are due February 28, 2017.
Cal Water H2O Challenge is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms, grades 4-6. Designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water, and aligned with the Common Core State Standards and complimentary to the Next Generation Science Standards, Cal Water H2O Challenge offers a unique opportunity for upper elementary teachers to facilitate their students’ learning of standards-based content, while developing the core understanding of environmental principles necessary to becoming science-literate citizens.

Witnessing Change Video Competition

Submissions Deadline: May 1, 2017.
The Witnessing Change Video Competition gives students the chance to work with members of their own communities to document the climate impacts currently happening in America and to tell powerful stories about the costs of climate disruption. There are two separate competitions for high school and college.

2017 Creative Advocacy Competition
Marine Debris

Submissions Deadline: June 19, 2017.
This Competition is made possible by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program, which supports projects that use outreach and education to inspire people to reduce and prevent marine debris. Middle and High School students are invited to participate. The goal of this Competition is to reduce or prevent marine debris from entering our oceans and watersheds by: 1. increasing public awareness about marine debris issues, and 2. carrying out real-world projects to address these issues in local communities.