Project Blue Planet 2012
Teachers: Your students can help teach others about the environment—and win!
Teachers, if the environment has been a topic in your classroom this year, here's a way to take it one step further: Project Blue Planet. The contest, which is run by the Smithsonian's National Zoo (and sponsored by KIWI, Whole Foods Market, and the EPA, among others), aims to get kids in elementary, middle, and high school thinking about ways to help the oceans and the environment—and spread that message to others.
Classmates work together to come up with a project that encourages others to help the planet. To get inspired, there's a list of categories on the National Zoo's website that includes various project ideas (examples: "community clean-ups" and "serve only sustainable seafood")—though you and your students can come up with your own ideas, too. Has your class already done a project that fits the bill? If it started after February 1, it can be submitted!
All projects entered correctly will get a "Seal" of Approval certificate. For the winning school at each level: $1,500. (An honorable mention will also get $1,000). Click here for the full guidelines, including how to submit a project judging criteria, and examples of past projects.