Enter the Popular Science/InnoCentive Education Challenge

Last few days to win $5,000, and help create the next generation of scientists

Monday, October 31, is the deadline to enter our education challenge. We’re looking for fun, inexpensive lesson plans that teachers can use to teach cutting-edge concepts to students in grades 6 through 8. If you think you’ve got a great way to communicate the fundamental principles of next-gen research, enter now. You don’t have to be a teacher — anyone can get involved, and if your lesson plan is chosen, you’ll win $5000, and we’ll use your lesson plan to create a teaching guide for use in school across the country.

Lesson plans should include a “hands on” activity for students and should cost no more than $50 total in readily available materials. The areas of science we’re looking for are biomimetic design, climate change, fuel cells, polymers, and “big data” analysis.