Students identify and complete a school or community project to address the climate crisis and create a digital story reflecting on how climate change impacts their school or community and what they learned by completing the project. Practical digital story making tips will be provided, as well as resources for teacher mentors and students on topics such as action project brainstorming, video techniques and completing the contest application.
The Climate Contest and the Climate Summit are part of the New Jersey Student Climate Challenge. It is recommended, but not required, that schools participate in the Climate Summit if they plan to submit contest entries.
The Climate Contest will be formally launched at the Climate Summit. The Climate Contest Rules and Submittal Details will be added to this web page in late February 2021.
- Public schools located in Atlantic City Electric’s (ACE) service area serving students in grade 6 and above are eligible to participate in the Climate Contest. Please click here to view the list of eligible schools. Based on the success of this pilot project, the project partners hope to implement the NJ Student Climate Challenge statewide in the 2021-2022 school year.
- Teacher mentors register the student teams representing their schools.
- The digital story video should be between 3 to 5 minutes long.
First, second and third place winners in a middle school and a high school category will be selected by a panel of judges that includes educators and representatives from local non-profits, state agencies and the partner organizations.
Winners will be notified in August 2021 and officially announced at the awards ceremony in September 2021. Schools with winning submissions will receive a grant to support their climate education initiatives: first place $2,500, second place $1,000 and third place $500.
Hosted by the Drumthwacket Foundation with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy.
Registration opens: March 15, 2021
Contest entries due: June 11, 2021
Winners notified: August 2021
Awards Ceremony: September 2021