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Lexus Eco Challenge: Air and Climate Challenge

Awards to USA Student Teams to Address Climate,
Air, Land, and Water Issues in Local Communities

GrantWatch ID#: 176913
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Lexus Eco Challenge

12/12/16 11:59 PM ET

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Awards of up to $30,000 for teams of students in grades 6 through 12, who wish to use their critical-thinking and research skills to solve environmental challenges. Students enrolled in public, private schools, as well as homeschooled children may enter the contest. The goal of the contest is to engage students in project-based learning and teamwork and to improve their skill-building talents. In addition, the Competition strives to involve participants in an environmental issue that affects their community.

Students must enter the contest in teams of at least five, but no more than ten and each team may have up to two advisors, who are both full-time school staff. Entrants for this round will compete with projects addressing air, land, water, and climate challenges. A team may consist of students from an assortment of grades, as long as they attend the same school. The competition entry is a PowerPoint presentation.

Land and Water topics include:
- Landfills, Waste Management, and Recycling
- Forest Destruction/Deforestation and
- Desertification
- Endangered Species and Loss of Biodiversity
- Water Conservation and Fresh Water
- Shortages
- Shrinking Wetlands and Aquatic Habitats
- Threats to the world's waterways and oceans, e.g., poorly managed fishing, pollution, coastal tourism and development, and shipping.

Land and Climate topics include:
- Global Warming
- Climate
- Air Pollution
- Ozone Depletion
- Greenhouse Gases
- Fossil Fuels and Renewable
- Energy

- A prize of $10,000 will go to sixteen prize-winning teams (two middle school and two high school teams in each of the four Lexus Market Regions).
- A prize of $1,000 will go directly to the Teacher Advisor for private and public school teams
- A prize of $7,000 will be 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 prize of $2,000 will go to the winning Team's school.
- A prize of $1,000 prize will go directly to the teacher advisors for home-schooled teams
- A prize of $15,000 will go to four middle school teams and four high school teams (First Prize Awards).
- A grand prize of $30, 000 will go to one middle school and one high school.

The 16 winning teams will also be invited to compete in the Final Challenge, which is called: Challenge #3.

16 Finalists, 8 First Place Winners, and 2 Grand Prize Winners.

Awards of up to $30,000 for students in grades 6 through 12, who wish to use their critical-thinking and research skills to solve environmental challenges.

The "Lexus Eco Challenge" Contest ("Contest") is open to students in grades 6–8 and 9–12 who are enrolled in a public or accredited private school or who are schooled at home in compliance with the laws of the students’ primary state of residence and who are legal residents of the Fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (hereinafter referred to as “Student" or “Students").

Students must enter the Contest in a team consisting of at least five (5) but no more than ten (10) Students (each a “Team") and up to (2) teacher advisors (“Teacher Advisor"). A Team consisting of Students from a public or accredited private school 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 (not a volunteer parent or other adult in the school), over 18 at the time of entry, and can be an advisor for more than one Team.

A Team consisting of home schooled students may be comprised of Students from an assortment of grades and may be comprised of students from more than one homeschooled family. A Teacher Advisor for a Team comprised of homeschooled students may be the parent of one or more of a homeschool Team’s members, but must also be the teacher for one or more of the homeschool Team’s members. Except for homeschooled Students, Teams must be made up of Students in the same school.

Teams can also enter if they are part of an after-school science or environmental club at a respective public or accredited private school. The Contest is not open to clubs or organizations outside of a respective public or accredited private school, including, but not limited to, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America or the Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts of America. An eligible minor in his or her state of residence must have his/her parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to enter the Contest.

Full eligibility guidelines:

Official rules:

For detailed information about the prizes:

There are (3) challenges that comprise the contest. Challenges #1 and #2 shall determine the finalist teams that will be eligible to compete in the Final Challenge: Challenge #3. This last challenge is invitation-only.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Enter the competition here:

Lexus Eco Challenge
Water, c/o Scholastic Inc.
P.O. Box 713
New York, NY 10013-0713

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