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Making for Good Challenge

Prizes to USA High School Student Teams for Projects
that Address Societal and Environmental Issues

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Innovation Generation, Stanley Black and Decker, and Discovery Education

Deadline Date:

01/30/20 8:00 PM ET


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Prizes to USA high school student teams for product designs that offer solutions to societal and environmental problems. Participating teams of grade 9 to 12 students will design an innovative product to address issues in areas such as transportation, safety, healthcare, nutrition, security, recycling, sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, and green infrastructure.

Jump into innovation and work in teams of 2 – 4 to design a product solution that will help solve an environmental or societal problem in your home, school, community, or global population. Then, create a product design blueprint and submit a 60 – 90 second video discussing the problem, how your product can help solve it, and your team’s process using the 6-step engineering design process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Test, and Improve.

The Making for Good Challenge encourages young makers across the nation to innovate with purpose. Student teams are invited to develop a unique product design solution that either meets an underserved societal or environmental need. Solutions must be a new product or idea and can’t be a new use for an existing product. Proposed design solutions should fall under one of the below topic areas:

Societal Needs 

What kind of product would address an issue in healthcare, safety, transportation, disaster resilience, infrastructure, security (such as cameras and monitoring), employment, automation of routine tasks, elderly care, childcare, education, nutrition, physical health, and more? How can you help to solve or improve some of these societal necessities?  

Environmental Needs 

Human influence has resulted in changes to our natural environment. How can we work together to help solve some of these issues? Explore environmental needs like coastal shoreline restoration, green infrastructure, carbon footprint reduction, clean air and water, recycling, sustainable power sources, sustainable transportation, up-cycling, improved materials and energy efficiency, smart cities, and more. How can you help to improve or solve some of these environmental needs?  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185075

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grand Prize: One team receives a total of $15,000 and an exclusive Stanley Black and Decker Virtual Mentorship
- 2nd Place: One team receives a total of $10,000 and a Stanley Black and Decker Prize Pack
- 3rd Place: One team receives a total of $5,000 and a Stanley Black and Decker Prize Pack
For further information please see Official Rules in Supporting Documents below.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Making for Good Challenge (“Contest”) is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (the “Eligibility Area”) who are at least thirteen (13) years of age and are students enrolled in 9th through 12th grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school located within the Eligibility Area, at the time of entry and when prizes are awarded. (each such eligible participant, a “Student”).

Employees, officers and directors of Discovery Education, Inc. (“Sponsor”), its promotional partner Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (“Stanley”), Promotion Mechanics, Inc. (“Administrator”), their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, advertising and promotion agencies, promotional suppliers (aforementioned individuals and organizations collectively, the “Contest Entities”) and their immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings, and children, regardless of where they live) and members of the same households (whether related or not) are not eligible. Sponsor’s determinations of eligibility are final and may be made at any time. Void outside the Eligibility Area and where prohibited or restricted by law.

Agreement to Official Rules:
Participation in the Contest constitutes each Student's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, Administrator, and Judges, which are final and binding. Further, each Student's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) (“Parent”) unconditionally agrees to all conditions of these Official Rules on behalf of such Student, and further agrees to co-sign any required documents if such Student is chosen as a potential winner and has not yet reached the age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence (a “Minor”). Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time in the event it is determined that any Student or Parent associated with the entry has not agreed to or complied with these Official Rules.

No individual submissions or groups of over 4 students will be accepted.

Only the Student Team members may appear in an entry video. The likeness of any other person is prohibited in an entry video. For each Team, each Student Team member must appear in the video, and each must give a portion of the presentation within the video. Teams must work independently on the development of their entry and must record their entry video with minimal help or direction from others.

For Additional Entry Requirements and Restrictions, please see:

Pre-Application Information:

Contest Timing:
• Entry “Submission Period”: The entry Submission Period begins at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (“ET”) on September 26, 2019 and ends at 8:00 PM ET on January 30, 2020.
• Judging: On or before February 28, 2020, eligible entries will be judged by the Sponsor’s designated judges in accordance with the judging criteria set forth in Section 9 below, to determine the winners.
• Winner Announcement: The winners will be announced at the Website in the Spring of 2020.

To Register: First, each Student must obtain permission from his/her parent or legal guardian to participate in the Contest. Next, Students on a particular Team must name one Student as the “Student Team Leader” for the Team. Then, during the Submission Period, the Student Team Leader must register the Team for the Contest by visiting the Website and following the on-screen directions to complete the Contest registration form

For information on Entry Video Upload and Entry Submission please see:

There is a limit of one (1) entry per Team. Entries received in excess of this limit will be void. A Student may only participate in the Contest as part of one (1) Team.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Discovery Education
Toll-free Phone:1-800-323-9084

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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