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Lexus Eco Challenge

Awards to USA Student Teams (Grades 6-12) for
STEM Projects that Address Environmental Issues

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Foundation / Corporation

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Scholastic and Lexus

Deadline Date:

12/10/18 11:59 PM ET - For Challenge #1: Land and Water Only


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Prizes of $10,000, $15,000, and $30,000 to USA teams of students in grades 6 through 12 for submitting winning projects that offer creative solutions to environmental concerns in the areas of land and water, and air and climate. Topics can address the issues of pollution, deforestation, biodiversity, global warming, or water conservation.

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—for eligible teachers, students, and schools.

The Lexus Eco Challenge gets students involved in project-based learning, teamwork, and skill building as they identify an environmental issue that affects their community, use their critical-thinking and research skills to come up with a solution, and report on the results by way of an Action Plan. Teams of five to ten students look to the Challenge Planner for time-management guidance, and are led by one or two Teacher Advisors—who are full-time teachers employed at the school (not volunteers or parents)—to help their community while getting a chance to compete for scholarships and grants.

The contest is broken into three main parts:

The Land & Water Challenge: 8/14/18–10/15/18
The Air & Climate Challenge: 10/17/18–12/10/18
The Final Challenge (invitation ONLY, open to winners of the previous two challenges): 1/30/19–3/13/19

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182107

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

For Challenges #1 and #2, 16 teams will win. For the final challenge, 8 teams will win first place and 2 teams will win the grand prize.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Winning teams will receive $10,000.
- First-place teams will receive $15,000.
- Grand-prize winning teams will receive $30,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Challenge #1: Land & Water
- Entries will only be accepted between 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on August 14, 2018, and 11:59 p.m. ET on October 15, 2018.
- Potential winners will be notified on or about November 20, 2018, by email

Challenge #2: Air & Climate
- Entries will only be accepted between 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on October 17, 2018, and 11:59 p.m. ET on December 10, 2018.
- Potential winners will be notified on or about January 22, 2019, by email.

Final Challenge: Challenge #3
- Entries will only be accepted via email between 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on January 30, 2019, and 11:59 p.m. ET on March 13, 2019.
- Potential winners will be notified on or about April 1, 2019, by email.

The Teacher Advisor (a full-time teacher employed by the school, not a volunteer) selects a team of 5–10 students. The team chooses an environmental topic that impacts your community. Teacher Advisors must register each Team they are advising at, and include the name of each Team they are advising.

The team implements an Action Plan and reports on the results. Entries are submitted via PowerPoint or the online tool.

Students create a PowerPoint presentation using the Action Plan template (download below) to describe how they can help solve their selected environmental issue.

The Teacher Advisor submits the Action Plan PowerPoint presentation. No team may participate more than once within the same challenge. Teams may enter up to two Action Plans—one for Land & Water and one for Air & Climate.

About the contest:

Official rules:


Contact Information:

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

Submit Action Plan PowerPoint presentations to

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

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