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The Climate Innovation Challenge (CIC) is a free two-part STEAM program that consists of a curriculum and a competition that cultivates student leaders who can think innovatively and communicate effectively about adapting to our changing climate.

We teach youth to think globally and adapt locally.

2021/22 CIC Successes

CIC grew to reach nearly


students in

CIC on TV!

Youth from 6 states and Kenya!

More than


projects were submitted for the 2021/22 CIC showcase!

Students Interviewed by

NM Radio

Listen Here!

CIC 2022 Keynote Speaker: Armon Alex

Armon Alex shares his inspiration for #ClimateAction along with his journey from outdoors and ocean enthusiast to professional climate advocate. Future climate leaders, take note!

MacGyver Award – Best in Show

“Addressing Inevitability: Composting for a Healthier Earth” by Maia, 10th grader at New Mexico School for the Arts

Teacher: Sarah Rowe

Outstanding Entry – Middle School

“Biochar: Soils Best Friend” by Alex, Adrian, and Athena, 5th-7th graders who are homeschooled

Outstanding Entry – Elementary School

“Fish Paradise” by Jacob, Seth, and Austin, 5th graders at Amy Biehl Community School

Teacher: Malcolm Smith Carlile

Outstanding Entry – High School

“Our Native Lawn” by Quinn, 10th grader at Sage International School of Boise

Teacher: Eric Oliver

Most Effective Storytelling

“Soil Care is Climate Repair” by “Alex H., Adrian H., and Athena H., 6th and 4th grade homeschool students

Teacher: Anni Hanna