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.