Kids' Science Challenge
The SPC was a partner to the 2011-2012 Kids’ Science Challenge, a nationwide competition for third to sixth graders to participate in hands-on learning about science and engineering. Partially funded by the National Science Foundation, each school year the students are presented with three topics and they are invited to submit experiments or prototypes. The students with the winning entries visit a team of scientists and engineers for a day to make their experiment or prototype come to life.
For the 2011-2012 school year, one of the three topics was a Zero Waste Packaging Challenge: Can you invent a package that never ends up in a landfill?
The SPC advised the organizers on the content of this challenge, and several SPC members contributed their thinking and staff scientists to help explain the concepts behind sustainable packaging and host the content winner. Our own Minal Mistry was also one of the featured scientists to help kids through the contest.
The Challenge was open to all third to sixth graders at no cost to participate.