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Thank you for interest in The Paradigm Challenge Lesson Plans. We are confident that the lesson plans and supporting materials will help you inspire your students to use their kindness and creativity to make a difference in the world. The top 100 student entries and the inspiring teachers will win cash and grants.

Jeff Richardson
Founder of Project Paradigm and The Paradigm Challenge

The three first place teams from our first annual Challenge are helping us produce an updated video lesson plan for our second Challenge. We will email you when it is ready.

In the meantime, check out the below teacher resources, including print lesson plans.

Students and Teacher Explain How to Engage the Classroom

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HOW TEACHERS CAN ENGAGE STUDENTS

Students and teacher explain how to engage the classroom.

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STUDENTS CAN SOLVE GLOBAL PROBLEMS
Teen inventor Alexis joins past Paradigm Challenge winners to explain to students that problem-solving is not reserved for adults.
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USE THE SOLVED METHOD
Paradigm Challenge First Place Winner Kedar explains how to use the six-step SOLVED method to make a difference in the world.
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KINDNESS, CREATIVITY & COLLABORATION
Paradigm Challenge First Place Winners Catie and Paige explain how to use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve global issues.
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MAKE A WINNING PITCH
Paradigm Challenge Grand Prize Winner Benjamin explains how to turn a great idea into a successful presentation.
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ENGAGE EXPERTS AND MENTORS
Paradigm Challenge First Place Winners Allie and Anjali teach students engage others to obtain feedback and other assistance.
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PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Paradigm Challenge First Place Winners Diop, Ama, and Amira help students develop strategies and skills to effectively manage a team project.
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HIGH QUALITY PBL
Paradigm Challenge First Place Winners introduce a series of high quality PBL projects that are available to everyone.
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THE PRINCE AND KEDAR SHOW
Paradigm Challenge First Place Winners Prince and Kedar share how educators can inspire the current generation of kids to use their creativity to help solve real-world problems.
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HOME FIRES
Fire is Everyone's Fight. Home fires occur every 90 seconds and take more lives than earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes combined.
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FOOD SECURITY
Everyone's part of the food system. Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic.
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What is The Paradigm Challenge?

The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth to address important social issues. The 2016-17 Paradigm Challenge invited youth to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity, and collaboration to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and/or around the world. The topic for the 2017-18 Paradigm Challenge will be announced on June 1, 2017. The deadline for entries each year is May 1.

Your Students' Ideas Could Win BIG!

We Welcome all Types of Creativity

Inspire Students to Solve Problems
and You Can Win a Grant!
Grand Prize
1st Place
2 Teams
2nd Place
3 Teams
3rd Place
3 Teams
Finalists
91 Teams
Student Prizes
Grand Prize
$100,000
1st Place
2 Teams
$10,000
2nd Place
3 Teams
$2,000
3rd Place
3 Teams
$1,000
Finalists
91 Teams
$200
Educator Grants
Grand Prize
$5,000
1st Place
2 Teams
$1,000
2nd Place
3 Teams
$500
3rd Place
3 Teams
$250
Finalists
91 Teams
$50
Top 5 Reasons to Join the Movement
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Youth can win up to $100,000.
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Educators can win up to $5,000.
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Youth will learn problem-solving skills.
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Inspire youth to change the world.
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Simple and engaging lesson plan.
About Project Paradigm And The Paradigm Challenge

Project Paradigm’s mission is to identify, support, and collaborate with passionate individuals and organizations to inspire, lead, and facilitate paradigm shifts in the approaches to global challenges.

The Paradigm Challenge invites students aged 4 to 18 around the world to use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help address real-life problems. The top 100 entries win up to $100,000 and the first place winners in each age division (4-8, 9-13, 14-18) win a 4-day/ 3-night trip to Los Angeles to attend The Paradigm Challenge Prize Ceremony. Teachers associated with the top 100 entries win grants up to $5,000. The annual deadline is May 1.

The Paradigm Challenge is an annual global competition created by Project Paradigm in collaboration with the American Red Cross and a wide coalition of partners. Project Paradigm is a national private foundation headquartered in Los Angeles.

The Paradigm Challenge presents multiple high quality project based learning opportunities for students pre-K through 12. Past Challenge winners lead video lessons that help build student problem-solving skills, emotional intelligence, and character. These videos, together with print lessons and supporting materials, provide students with step-by-step guidance on how to solve problems and innovate kindness.

Project Paradigm funds, operates, and makes all final decisions regarding The Paradigm Challenge.

Project Paradigm funds, operates, and makes all final decisions regarding The Paradigm Challenge.