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Innovation Challenge for Students 13-17

Published August 04, 2015

Innovation Challenge for Students 13-17

The Global STEM Alliance's Imagining Tomorrow challenges connect students from around the world to STEM mentors with various areas of expertise, opening up problem solving to new players and creating conditions for solutions to be put forth from unusual places.

Over a 60-day challenge period students will have the opportunity to interact in a virtual challenge space with New York Academy of Science-affiliated scientists who will serve as mentors and guide students as they design and develop solutions to specific challenge criteria.

H2O Challenges

The Challenge

With rapid urbanization and climate change, water is increasingly becoming a scare resource in many communities across the United States, while in other areas, engineers and scientists are working to develop new systems to manage an overabundance of precipitation.

To address these issues and engage students in creating solutions, Imagining Tomorrow: H20 is challenging students from around the world to take the lead in solving water issues in their communities.

Middle and high school students, ages 13–17, will work in pairs and submit a solution to one of these two challenge options: Site Water Audit or Fresh Water in the Future.

While participating in the 60-day challenge, students will have the opportunity to network with New York Academy of Sciences affiliated scientists working in the areas of water, environmental science, sustainability, and engineering.

The Prizes

  • A $1000 cash prize for each member of the Grand Prize winning team
  • An invitation to The Junior Academy of the Global STEM Alliance for each member of the Grand Prize winning team (
  • A $500 cash prize for the Teacher or Advisor who worked with each winning team
  • Judges and mentors will receive a 1-year complementary membership to the New York Academy of Sciences


To participate visit now for more information and to sign up for challenge updates and reminders.

We are looking for volunteers with expertise in water, sustainability, environmental science, technology, and/or innovation to serve as mentors in the Imagining Tomorrow: H20 challenge. If you are interested apply here.