noun: a group of ideas about how to approach a problem
noun: an invitation to engage in a competition
What is the Paradigm challenge?
The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity, and collaboration to make a difference. The 2016-17 Challenge aims to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world.
Who can join the challenge?
Youth aged 4 to 18 (as of May 1, 2017) compete in three age divisions: Ages 4 to 8 ● Ages 9 to 13 ● Ages 14 to 18
What types of entries are accepted?
We welcome all ideas, including posters, videos, inventions, public messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help reduce waste.
How will winners be selected?
A blue-ribbon panel of judges will evaluate entries based on effectiveness, feasibility, originality, presentation, and collaboration. In addition to the prize money, Project Paradigm intends to provide further support to help turn winning ideas into real-world solutions.
May 1, 2017
Deadline for entries
June 1, 2017
June 1-August 30, 2017
Final winners announced at prize ceremony
Launch of 2017-18 Challenge
The top 100 teams will win cash prizes from $200 to the $100,000 Grand Prize. Up to 4 members from the top 3 teams will also receive a 4-day/3-night trip to Los Angeles to attend The Paradigm Challenge Prize Ceremony.