Teams of middle school students are invited to enter the Christopher Columbus Awards, a free awards program that challenges students to explore opportunities for positive change in their communities. Teams of up to four students and a coach must identify a community issue and use the scientific process to solve it. Finalist teams win an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World, where they will compete for U.S. Savings Bonds and the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant to help bring their idea to life. Coaches may be teachers, parents, community leaders, or mentors. Teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter.

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