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SOLAR STAR CHALLENGE 2021

The Solar Star Challenge engages students to design, test, compete, and celebrate the scaling up of solar power technologies.

Students build solar models to race and showcase, write poetry, create cartoons and artwork, enter Minecraft builds, and create action plans to install pilot and commercial solar arrays at their schools.

We welcome teachers, community members, artists, celebrities, and corporations to leverage their resources and ‘star power’ to support student changemakers as they innovate and expand clean energy solutions. 2021 marks the event’s fifth year of commitment to improve educational, environmental, and economic performance at schools around the world with solar power.

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Deadline: May 11, 2021

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SOLAR STAR

Poetry Challenge

Good at writing? Enter your poem about solar energy in schools and around the world.

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SOLAR STAR

Cartoon Challenge

Get drawing your 16-panel cartoon showcasing renewable energy.

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SOLAR STAR

Artwork Challenge

Submit your painting, sculpture, etc. promoting solar and renewable energy.

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SOLAR STAR

Minecraft Challenge

Using Minecraft Education, build an original structure using renewables.

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SOLAR STAR CHALLENGE 2019

SOLAR STAR CHALLENGE 2020

A SOLAR CHALLENGE FOR EVERY SCHOOL

Through real-world, hands-on, remote, and virtual learning opportunities, the Solar Star Challenge energizes the next generation as leaders and changemakers. The challenge connects learners with tools to raise awareness and support for clean energy in education. Students and schools compete for #SolarStar social media acclaim in the following categories:

  • Most Solar Star Pledges
  • Top Boat Design (World Junior Solar Race)
  • Fastest Boat (World Junior Solar Race)
  • Top Car Design (World Junior Solar Race)
  • Fastest Car (World Junior Solar Race)
  • Project Sunflower
  • Top Solar Star Cartoonist
  • Top Solar Star Artist
  • Top Poetry Writer
  • Minecraft Build
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Individuals and teams of students are eligible to enter the Solar Star Challenge and demonstrate how they are helping expand solar power models and solar installations. Participating students from schools around the world have included Denver Academy (DA, Denver), Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC, Annandale), University of Colorado Denver (CU, Denver), Fairgreen International School (FIS, Dubai), Dunecrest American School (DAS, Dubai), Raha International School (RIS, Abu Dhabi), Shanghai American School (SAS, Shanghai), Universal American School (UAS, Dubai), Bangkok Patana School (BPS, Bangkok), and additional schools through the Dr. Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots network. Check back soon for student participation signup, call for judges, and more.

OUR SOLAR STARS IN ACTION!