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November 19, 2013 > DuPont Challenge

DuPont Challenge

Submitted By Jane Bachmann

The 2014 DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition is now accepting entries. In its 28th consecutive year, the DuPont Challenge essay contest encourages students to consider how science and innovation can be used to meet the needs of the 21st century for food, energy and protection.

ÒEducation is at the core of strong communities everywhere. A strong foundation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) encourages students to think critically about how scientific discovery, innovation, and invention can be used to meet the needs of our society,Ó said Benito Cachinero-Sánchez, senior vice president of DuPont Human Resources.

Students should address one of the four following categories in a 700Ð1,000-word essay:
Together, we can feed the world. Together, we can build a secure energy future. Together, we can protect people and the environment. Together, we can be innovative anywhere.

Essays are evaluated in two divisions: Junior Division (grades 7, 8, and 9) and Senior Division (grades 10, 11, and 12). The DuPont Challenge offers more than $100,000 in prizes and awards. The top three winners in each division, plus a parent and their sponsoring teacher, receive an expenses-paid trip to the Walt Disney World¨ Resort and an exclusive tour of the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando. In addition, winning students will receive a savings bond and sponsoring teachers will receive grants. All winners receive digital reference materials from Britannica Digital Learning and the NBC Learn Science Collection for both their personal use and for their entire school.

All students in grades 7-12 across the United States, Canada, and U.S. territories may submit their essay entries now through January 31, 2014.

For more information, including official rules, entry form and details on awards, visit:

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