Student Innovation Challenge
2020 Challenge: Ocean Pollution

Student Innovation Challenge: Postponed

Out of an abundance of caution the Missouri Botanical Garden has expanded our policies and restrictions in response to the COVID-19 situation. We are postponing all programming and meetings on site and postponing our attendance at all community meetings and events. There will be an update when the Student Innovation Challenge is rescheduled.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students from around the St. Louis community will join EarthWays Center in a one-day design challenge/hackathon where innovation, creativity and imagination are the key to solving real-world environmental problems. Through this challenge, students will build their understanding of recycling and reducing waste, environmental connections, and problem-solving and technology skills as they work to design and develop solutions. Students can either design a physical solution or a technological one using the software Balsamiq. 

Students will have one morning to come up with a unique solution to the problem of ocean pollution, devise a prototype and a pitch, and present their solution to a panel of expert judges from the waste, sustainability, and startup industries. There will be prizes for winners, as well as the opportunity to interact with other like minded innovators!

Students can register as teams of 3 to 4 - just register all the students together in the same order. Students that register as individuals will be placed in teams based on age. 

Register here!

Registration for this event closes on March 27. If you would like to register after that point, please contact Maggie McCoy at (314) 577-0281 or at

Funding for this program provided by the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District.

Lunch will be provided to student participants through a generous donation from Seed Sprout Spoon.



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2019 Challenge: Rethinking Recycling

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2018 Challenge: Waste Solutions

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