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Education: National Contest Offers $500,000 in Grants and Scholarships and a Smart STEM Opportunity

When researchers asked educators in a recent poll if their schools or districts had integrated “science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education into a single, cohesive curriculum,” the largest number of those surveyed answered that they had “not formally addressed STEM education yet.” Additionally, the study, developed by Education Market Research, showed that nearly 60 percent of educators surveyed indicated that STEM was still far from implementation in their schools or districts.

 And the number of teachers who said that their school or district had made room in its curriculum for “full integration” of STEM in all grades? Less than four percent. 


The Lexus Eco Challenge, a middle and high school competition from Scholastic and Lexus now in its eighth year, offers an opportunity to bring hands-on STEM education into your teachers’ classrooms along with a sizable prize—for eligible teams submitting projects that propose smart solutions for local eco issues, $500,000 in grants and scholarships awaits. The deadline this year is December 8.

Please invite teachers to visit the Lexus Eco Challenge website: scholastic.com/lexus or email us directly at ecochallenge@scholastic.com.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. The Lexus Eco Challenge (“Contest”) is open to students in grades 6–12 who are enrolled in a public or accredited private school or who are schooled at home in compliance with the laws of the students’ primary state of residence and who are legal residents of the United States (one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia) by law. Only the winners from the Land & Water and Air & Climate Challenges will be eligible to participate in the Final Challenge. Click here for official rules.

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