Hybrid cars? Organic food? Solar and wind energy? Pay-as-you-throw trash programs? Required recycling? If you have a plan to save the world, we want to hear about it. And if you know a lot about a current problem facing the planet – pollution, overpopulation, natural resource consumption/destruction – share your thoughts with others by writing a persuasive essay.
Winning stories are published in Teen Ink magazine and contest winners receive a copy of the magazine featuring their work. Plus, they’ll have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively from Teen Ink.
Teen Ink will only consider original essays written and poems by teens. Essays should be between 150 and 1,000 words. Possible topics include global warming, clean water, species preservation, air quality, the rainforest, alternative power, depletion of resources and more! For more ideas on how to write a winning essay, see our Environment Writing Tips.
Submit entries through our website. All articles related to the environment submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.
There are no deadlines; entries are accepted throughout the year.
Essay Description: Using information you have obtained from the web sites listed below or elsewhere, reflects on a problem or challenge faced by the world on a day to day basis. Then explain what STEM based solution you have that can be applied to address that challenge. Describe how your plan will work in detail and what the anticipated results would be. You can be creative with how you format this, but be clear and specific when you are addressing the real world challenge you selected. Make sure you back up your argument with scientific knowledge and research about your selected topic and cite your sources.
Essay Rules: ALL ENTRIES MUST BE AT LEAST 300 WORDS LONG AND NO LONGER THAN 800 WORDS. THE ENTRY MAY BE HAND WRITTEN LEGIBLY OR TYPED.
INCLUDE THE STUDENT’S NAME, AGE, GRADE, SCHOOL, LOCATION, TEACHER’S NAME, AND TEACHER’S CONTACT INFORMATION ON THE FIRST PAGE OF THE ESSAY.
Eligibility and Due Dates:
These two contests are open to all 6th-8th grade students who have not received these awards in the last 2 years. They may enter one or both of the contests if they wish. Only one entry in each category per student will be accepted. All entries are due in the office of Dr. Larry Johnson no later than March 15, 2016. Entries will be judged by a panel of Texas A&M University students. Teachers of winners will be notified early in April. They will be recognized at the Sigma Xi Awards Banquet.
Awards Banquet Location: Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History
Date and Time: Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 at 6:00
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ian Tizard
Topic: "Penguins and Their Problems"
Cross Curriculum Tips for Teachers:
Interdisciplinary collaboration among teachers of different subjects may be advantageous. For example, language arts teachers and science teachers can collaborate and take a dual grade from the essay contest and the drawing. Art teachers may be able to collaborate as well with the science teachers and take a grade for the drawing contest.
Five (5) winners will be chosen for the drawing contest and five (5) for the essay contest. Each will receive a cash award, a certificate, and an invitation to the Sigma Xi Awards banquet and dinner. Winners of drawing and essay contests will receive $75 each. Parents and teachers of winners are invited to the dinner and lecture. All drawings and essays will be displayed in the foyer before the lecture at the Sigma Xi’s Awards and Induction Banquet.