Education: Challenges

Interested in creating the next big app in education? Want to make a difference in your local schools? Join one of the many competitions and challenges for developing apps, maps, and visualizations with education data.

Completed Challenges

Yeah, having your schoolwork posted on the fridge at home is cool. But having a video you made posted on the White House website and screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? We think that’s pretty cool, too. That’s why we’re super-excited to announce the first-ever White House Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media pages.

Our schools are more high-tech than ever. There are laptops in nearly every classroom. You can take an online course on Japanese — and then video chat with a kid from Japan. You can learn about geometry through an app on your iPad. So, what does it all mean?

We’re looking for videos that highlight the power of technology in schools.

Your film should address at least one of the following themes:

  1. How you currently use technology in your classroom or school.
  2. The role technology will play in education in the future.

Here are some topics that you may want to consider as idea starters when deciding what your video could be.
How does technology help with:

  • Personalized Learning
  • Online Learning
  • Global Collaboration
  • Student Creativity
  • Making and Tinkering
  • Project Based Learning
  • Critical Thinking

Campus RainWorks 2013 challenges college students to design innovative stormwater management projects for their campus to raise awareness of green design.

The USEPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for college and university students. Once again, EPA is inviting student teams to design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment.
This year, EPA is pleased to introduce two design categories: a Master Plan category and a Site Design category. Winning teams in each category will be awarded cash prizes, and winning teams in the Site Design category may also be invited to apply for grant funding to help carry out a demonstration project based on their submission.
Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage stormwater and create healthier urban environments. While single-purpose “gray” stormwater infrastructure (e.g. catch basins, pipes, and ponds) is largely designed to move urban stormwater away from the built environment, green infrastructure uses vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls. By weaving natural processes into the built environment, green infrastructure can provide not only stormwater management, but also heat island mitigation, air quality management, community amenities, and much more.

The NEA Foundation and Microsoft – US Partners in Learning want to know your best idea for how interactive technology and game-based learning can improve teaching and learning.

 Winner Announced!

How can we knock down barriers to innovation in health care IT, clean energy, and learning technologies. Post your ideas online! The public, including students and other solvers, will be invited to translate the best ideas into “Policy Business Plans,” which will be shared with President Obama’s Cabinet.

 Winner Announced!

Students from across the country are invited to submit a business plan and a video pitch for a for-profit or non-profit startup that includes an innovative strategy, product or service designed to address one of four challenge topics.

 Winner Announced!

Help us bring cool experiments into the classroom so everyone can enjoy doing science!

 Winner Announced!

America’s Home Energy Education Challenge is designed to teach students and families about energy, its use, and the link between saving energy and money.

Few people know what “net price” means and even fewer know to look for a college’s net price calculator on its website. Help us get the word out!

 Winner Announced!