Intel-OARS Environmental Innovators Contest
Proposals are due by Thursday, December 5
Do you have innovative ideas about how to clean water, prevent pollution, make policy that will help protect our local environment? Enter the Intel-OARS Environmental Innovators Contest!
First, second, and third prize winners will receive up to $500! Other prizes will also be awarded.
In today's world of growing environmental concerns, water has become a defining issue. With its increasing scarcity, value, and cost, we need innovative solutions and inspired people working for change.
We are challenging YOU to develop creative ideas on how to solve our local water problems!
Our rivers, streams, and lakes face many threats, such as nutrient pollution, loss of wildlife habitat, and the spread of invasive plants and animals.
Can YOU be the one to bring innovative solutions to our community?
Need a good idea for a project? Don't know where to start? We are offering an "Innovation Workshop" to guide interested students through the basics of developing an innovative project. If you are interested in having us bring this workshop to your school, please email or call 978-369-3956.
Post a contest flier at your school or in your community.
Eligibility: All students from grades 9-12 in the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord River watershed communities.
Entry Form: due Thursday, October 31, 2013. Download form. Please note: if you do not have a mentor, email or call 978-369-3956 and we will help you find one.
Project Proposal due December 5, 2013.
Project due February 6, 2014.
Contest Requirements: Click here to download.
Project Requirements: Click here to download.
Project Presentation and Award Ceremony Early March 2014
Questions? Email or call 978-369-3956.
We are currently seeking volunteers to participate in the planning, organization and execution of the contest, including communications with students. Read more.
2012-2013 Presentations and Awards
On March 21, teams from the Advanced Math and Science Academy, Framingham High School, Marlborough High School, and Westford Academy presented their environmental innovation projects.
Teams from Marlborough and Westford tied for first place, earning each team a $425 prize! Representing Marlborough High School, Emma Johanson designed filters for storm drains that would prevent solid waste from entering our waterways. Westford Academy’s Rohan Rastogi, Micheal Gillett, and Chinar Rastogi created SourceFinders, which uses a web-based platform and social media to raise public awareness about nonpoint source pollution and offers tools people can use to improve their environment. In third place, Aaron Dunbrack, Veronica Belkin and Peter Salhanha, from Framingham High School, used Manyflower Marshpennywort as part of a filtration system to reduce phosphorus levels in our rivers.
OARS wishes to thank the contest judges for volunteering their expertise and Intel for the funding to make this competition possible. We also thank the Assabet River National Wildllife Refuge for hosting us at their Visitor Center.