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Project Paradigm and the American Red Cross

The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition developed by Project Paradigm and the American Red Cross. The challenge is intended to inspire youth to use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills and kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve real-life problems and make a difference. This year’s challenge brings back the first three challenge projects, reducing injuries and fatalities from home fires; helping the environment through the reduction of waste; and improving personal health through wellness and healing; and adds a new project, the security of global food system. Youth are invited to submit entries, including posters, videos, inventions, public messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help reduce waste. A panel of judges evaluates entries based on effectiveness, feasibility, originality, presentation, and collaboration. Members of the public also vote for their favorite finalist.

Eligible applicants are between the age of 4 and 18 (as of May 1, 2019), have the parents’ or legal guardian’s permission to participate, and are not residents of US sanctioned countries. Winners are selected in three age categories: aged 4 to 8, 9 to 13, and 14 to 18. One of the first-place teams is selected as the grand prizewinner. Up to four participants from each first place and grand prize team receive a four-day trip to Los Angeles to attend the Paradigm Challenge Awards Ceremony. In addition, Project Paradigm intends to provide further support to help turn winning ideas into real-world solutions. Entries must be submitted online.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations).

Award: May 1

Deadline: One grand prize of $100,000; first-place prizes of $10,000; second-place prizes of $2,000; third-place prizes of $1,000; and finalist prizes of $200 are awarded.

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