Over the past four years, the Lexus Eco Challenge has inspired and empowered more than 20,000 middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. For their efforts more than $3 million has been awarded to students, teachers, and schools across the nation. This fall, students are invited to participate in the fifth annual Lexus Eco Challenge for a chance to win part of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. Lexus has teamed up with Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, to create the eco-friendly educational school program.
The Challenge has two distinct elements:
- Standards-based supplementary educational materials – encourages teachers to integrate creative lesson plans into their classrooms to help teach students about the environment.
- Competition to reward environmental action – helps young people apply what they’ve learned in class through the program and empowers them to make improvements in their community by participating in the environmental team challenges.
The Lexus Eco Challenge registration opens September 26, and will conclude with the announcement of the first-place and grand-price-winning teams in Spring 2012. Middle and high school teams are invited to participate in one or both of the two initial challenges, each addressing different environmental elements – land/water and air/climate.
For each of the challenges, teams define an environmental issue that is important to them, develop an action plan to address the issue, implement the plan, and report the results. For more information about the Lexus Eco Challenge or to sign up, visit the Scholastic Inc online.