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Nicholas Allen | December 12, 2019

Check out the contests and awards below and continue developing your students’ (or your own!) environmental education.

Youth Making Ripples Film Competition

Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit films of 5 minutes or less on a marine science topic to the Youth Making Ripples Film Competition. The film’s message can focus on an interesting marine topic, a specific marine-related problem or issue, or a call to action for conservation.

Films selected as finalists will premiere at the Youth Making Ripples Film Festival. Other winners will receive cash awards or a scholarship and be eligible to participate in a hands-on scientific outreach expedition with marine scientists and professional film makers.

Submissions due January 5, 2020.

2020 Recycling Video & Poster Contest

Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in a national recycling awareness contest sponsored by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and JASON Learning. Students will create a video or poster that imagines what recycling will look like in 50, 75, or even 100 years from now by designing a solution to a current problem in recycling today.

One video and one poster will be selected as a finalist from each of three grade bands: K-4, 5-8, 9-12. Students could win a trip to ISRI’s 2020 Annual Convention and Exposition to be held April 27-30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Submissions due December 20, 2019.

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning. Up to two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regions will be chosen.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administers this award to honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods.

Applications due January 15, 2020.