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Challenge Popular Science / InnoCentive : Science Lesson Plan for Grades 6-8
Popular Science / InnoCentive : Science Lesson Plan for Grades 6-8
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 1211
Posted: Aug 11 2011
Challenge ID: 9932806
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Popular Science, in partnership with InnoCentive, is requesting original ideas for Lesson Plans for grades 6-8 in five specific science and technology areas. Lesson plans will include a “hands on” activity for students and should cost no more than $50 total in readily available materials. 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award in each of five categories. Award winners and some runners-up may be featured in Popular Science Magazine and/or in special publications it produces and distributes.


This Challenge is part of the Popular Science-InnoCentive partnership which seeks to advance innovation in technology, science and engineering.  In order to supplement middle-school science with hands on activities and provide teachers with new lesson plans, Popular Science, in conjunction with its Education Issue, is collecting and promoting lesson plans for grades 6-8. Lesson Plans will be in the 5 specific categories listed below: 

Biomimetic Design
Climate Change
Fuel Cells
“Big Data” Analysis

More details about each category will be given in the Detailed Description when you open a Project Room after signing the Solver agreement. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission in each of five categories as solely determined by the Seeker. The award will be $5,000 for each category winner for a total payout of $25,000. (Note: The Seeker reserves the right to not payout an award in a category if it is underrepresented and no submission meets the requirements; however they will make an extra award in a different category so the total award will be paid out. 
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal. The Solver will still own their submission and will be credited with authorship, but the award winners and some runners-up submissions will be made available for all educators to use through Popular Science Magazine. 

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s).All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided

About the Seeker: The core belief that Popular Science and our readers share: The future is going to be better, and science and technology are the driving forces that will help make it better. Popular Science gives our readers the information and tools to improve their technology and their world.



What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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