The competition is open to all U.S. middle school students between grades 6-8. Teams will be made up of two to three students and a teacher or adult advisor. The initiative will expand to elementary schools in 2009 and to high schools in 2010. Teams will be judged by a panel of environmental experts and science educators on their ability to create a positive, measurable solution to a local environmental problem or issue using scientific methodology and how well they explain how the solution can be replicated by other communities.

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