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Saving the Planet, One Student Idea at a Time
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 09/16/2021

Stride, Inc. believes high school students have what it takes to solve some of our planet's most pressing challenges--as Stride and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) invite students nationwide to join the first-ever Stride Innovation Challenge.

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.

The theme for this inaugural event is "My Planet, My Neighborhood," which asks students to consider solutions for today's most complex environmental issues. Students are invited to identify environmental challenges in their communities, nationally, or globally, and propose innovative solutions that consider implementation, creativity, and impact. TNC is providing their expertise and science to help students explore critical environmental challenges in their community, will help judge the winning entries, and communicate this competition through its own networks and channels.

The challenge is open to any ninth through twelfth grade student in the U.S. Proposals can be submitted online through Nov. 30. State, regional, and national winners will be announced during the contest's final stage held at an in-person presentation at Stride's headquarters in Herndon, Va., in April. Prizes range from $100 to $1,000 Amazon gift cards and more.

"Innovation is about creativity, problem-solving, and working together, things our planet needs more than ever before," says James Rhyu, CEO of Stride, Inc. "Our first-ever Innovation Challenge will bring students together to explore the next great ideas from every corner of the country. And we are proud to partner with The Nature Conservancy, the leader in environmental protection, to encourage young people all over the U.S. to come up with solutions to environmental problems in their community."

This Innovation Challenge is open to students both inside and outside of Stride K12-powered schools. Teams can have one to three people. See for eligibility and contest details. Registration is open through 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Nov. 30.

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