Lexus Eco Challenge: Land and Water ChallengeDeadline: October 17, 2016
The Lexus Eco Challenge is a STEM contest for grades 6–12. In the Lexus Eco Challenge, student teams tackle environmental issues related to land, water, air, and climate, and create practical solutions while competing for prizes. The contest is broken into three main parts. The Land and Water Challenge is first, followed by an Air and Climate Challenge. The Final Challenge is by invitation only, open to winners of the previous two challenges.
For the Land and Water Challenge, teams can choose one of the following topics and identify an issue within the topic that affects the local community:
- Landfills, waste management, and recycling
- Forest destruction and deforestation, and desertification
- Endangered species and loss of biodiversity
- Shrinking wetlands and aquatic habitats
- Water conservation and freshwater shortages
- Threats to the world’s waterways and oceans (e.g. poorly managed fishing, pollution, coastal tourism and development, and shipping)
Amount: A total of $500,000 will be awarded through the Eco Challenge as a whole. Sixteen teams will each be awarded $10,000 through the Land and Water Challenge that will be distributed as follows to public and accredited private school teams:
- A $1,000 prize awarded directly to the Teacher Advisor(s)
- A $7,000 prize evenly distributed among the team members in the form of checks made payable to the parent or legal guardian of each student or to the student directly pending parental consent, who was part of the winning team
- A $2,000 prize to the winning team’s school
Awards for the final challenge (open at a later date to winners of previous challenges) are as follows: Eight teams will receive $15,000 and two teems will receive $30,000.
Eligibility: The contest is open to students in grades 6–12 who are enrolled in a public or accredited private school or who are schooled at home. Students must enter the contest in a team comprised of five to ten students and up to two teacher advisors. Teams may be comprised of students from an assortment of grades but students must attend the same school. A teacher advisor for a public or accredited private school team must be a full-time teacher employed at the school on behalf of which she or he is entering a team/multiple teams, over 18 at the time of entry, and can be an advisor for more than one team.