The 2022 Climate Superstars Challenge: Updated Learning Activities, $30,000 in Prizes Available for Public, Private and Extracurricular Groups

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The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. are pleased to announce the fourth Climate Superstars Challengean online eco-challenge exclusively for middle school grades (grades 6-8) that teaches students about the environment and how they can take an active role in protecting its future.

Courses complement learning activities around energy efficiency, the environment and sustainability for a chance to win one of six $5,000 e-vouchers to use on new technologies for their class, courtesy of Samsung.

“After being chosen as the winners last year, my students voted on what they wanted to buy for the class,” said Samantha Barry, climate superstar winner from Canarelli Middle School in Las Vegas, Nevada. “We’re a hands-on art class, so they chose to get ten Samsung tablets with S Pens.”

Classes will have the whole month of October to carry out short collaborative educational activities that can be carried out online or in person. Those who complete at least seven of the 10 activities during the month of October will be entered into the draw.

“The evolution of the program from year to year has led to more engagement”, said Mark Newton, corporate sustainability manager for Samsung Electronics America. “And every year, I’m inspired by teachers and students who participate in Climate Superstars so they can learn more about how to leave a positive and lasting impact on our environment.”

The Climate Superstars Challenge will take place from October 1 to 31. Registration is now open.

What’s new this year?

  • Expanded Eligibility: Previously only available to public college classrooms, the Climate Superstars Challenge is now open to public and private schools, as well as qualified after-school education programs. “Climate Superstars has been a big hit with educators,” said Meri-Margaret Deoudes, President and CEO of NEEF. “This year, we’re building on that success by opening the contest to more classes and after-school groups, offering them fun activities to learn about sustainability and energy efficiency.
  • Detailed alignment with NGSS: Each task will have a detailed explanation of how it aligns with K-12 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
  • Tasks available for registration: The 10 tasks will be available for viewing before the challenge officially begins, giving educators even more time to incorporate them into their fall lesson plans.
  • Updated Educator’s Guide: This year’s Climate Superstars Challenge offers new resources to help educators incorporate challenges into their lesson plans. The Climate Superstars Educator’s Guide contains additional material to provide context for each task, offer lesson suggestions, and provide additional information on the topic.

“Samsung has been a premier partner in the ENERGY STAR program for several years, among other EPA programs,” said Jill Vohr, Marketing Manager, ENERGY STAR Labeling Branch. “We are grateful to have their support in educating and empowering tomorrow’s leaders on the importance of energy efficiency and green energy in the fight against climate change.”

For more information on the Climate Superstars Challenge, including official rules, how to register, and to get your copy of the Climate Superstars Educator’s Guide, please visit www.neefusa.org/climate-superstars.

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