Project Polar Bear Contest
Project Polar Bear
Team up and compete in this contest to make a difference for polar bears and their habitat.
What Is the Contest?
Project Polar Bear is an international competition among student groups who are taking action to fight climate change. With the guidance of an advisor, groups compete by creating a plan for a project that will help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and engage their communities. This can be a plan for a new project, or a proposal to continue an existing project.
Students and advisors will track their progress throughout the competition through photos, research, and on social media. The culmination of the project is a formal proposal to the PBI judging team. The top three high-scoring teams will receive a grant of $1,000, $750, and $300 respectively to continue their projects.
The contest can:
- Serve as a fun and impactful service learning project.
- Instill a strong conservation ethic in our future leaders.
- Help students build their resumes for college applications.
Who Can Compete
The contest is open to students 18 years of age or younger, working in small teams or large groups. Each team must have an adult advisor, typically associated with a school, home school, zoo, museum, aquarium, science center, green club, or other-liked minded organization.
When Is the Contest Held?
Registration for the current contest is October 1 – November 25, 2016. Teams will work on their projects through March 15, 2017. We'll announce the winners on April 21, 2017, in celebration of Earth Day. We'll open registration for the next contest in the fall of 2017.
Each Project Polar Bear team will develop a climate action plan and implement a community project that reduces carbon emissions, based on one of the categories below.
We're especially interested in how creative and successful teams can be with engaging and sustaining community action.
How does the contest fit into schools?
Why is the contest important to polar-bear conservation?
Over the past six years, contestants have inspired long-term change in their communities through sustainable, ongoing projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
How can I help promote the contest?
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