Register today to receive materials, criteria, and support – deadline extended to January 7, 2022! Project submission deadline: March 13, 2022.  Click here to see the project criteria.

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.

CIC Successes!

Students submitted


more climate adaptation projects in 2021!

CIC on TV!

Counties Represented


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Students Interviewed by

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CIC 2021 Keynote Speaker: Delaney Reynolds

Introducing our 2021 keynote speaker, Delaney Reynolds, youth climate activist of the Sink or Swim Project (

MacGyver Award – Best in Show

“Saving Water with Aquaponics” by Benjamin B., 7th grader, Santa Fe Prep

Teacher: Robin Koval

Outstanding Entry – Middle School

“Microbes for Earth” by Maggie L., 7th grader at Santa Fe Prep

Teacher: Robin Koval

Outstanding Entry – Elementary School

“Milkweed” by Gabriella D., 5th grader at Amy Biehl Community School

Teacher: Malcolm Smith

Outstanding Entry – High School

“Seagrass for Climate” by Emma H., 11th grader at Armand Hammer United World College of the American West

Teacher: Aaron Yang