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The 2013 DuPont Challenge Launches with a New Focus on Addressing Global Challenges

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If we are to keep America at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technological innovation, we need to inspire students and teachers to share in our excitement for seeking STEM-based solutions to global challenges.

How do we as a global population respond to the major challenges facing the world? The DuPont Challenge calls for middle and high school students across the United States, Canada and U.S. territories to address these crucial issues through original science essays, which may be submitted at starting Nov. 15. For the 27th year of this premier writing competition, The DuPont Challenge encourages students to research and propose solutions to global concerns using Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and will award students and teachers in an expanded number of categories.

As the world population continues to grow and become more connected than ever, The DuPont Challenge now asks students to take a solutions-focused approach and address one of four categories in their 700–1,000-word science 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.

“If we are to keep America at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technological innovation, we need to inspire students and teachers to share in our excitement for seeking STEM-based solutions to global challenges,” said Ellen Kullman, DuPont chair and CEO. “With its new format, The DuPont Challenge provides an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate how their problem-solving skills can contribute toward a healthy, safe and prosperous society through scientific research, invention and innovation.”

Essays will continue to be judged in two divisions: Junior Division (grades 7, 8 and 9) and Senior Division (grades 10, 11 and 12). Divisional winners will be chosen from each of the four essay categories – eight winners total.

Out of those eight winners, a grand prize winner, first runner-up and two finalists will be chosen for each division. The grand prize winners receive a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond, and the first runners-up receive a $3,000 U.S. Savings Bond. The four finalists each receive a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Honorable mentions in both divisions each receive a $200 U.S. Savings Bond as well. All winners receive digital reference materials and apps from Britannica Digital Learning and the NBC Learn Science Collection for both their personal use and for their entire school.

In addition, the grand prize winner and first runner-up from each division receive an expenses-paid Awards Trip to The Walt Disney World® Resort and Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA will provide an exclusive tour of the Kennedy Space Center and host an awards luncheon in honor of the winning students and teachers.

Sponsoring teachers of all eight winners also receive an expenses-paid trip to the 2014 NSTA National Conference. Teachers of the grand prize winners receive a $600 teaching grant, teachers of the first runners-up receive a $500 teaching grant, and teachers of finalists receive a $200 teaching grant.

Student entries will be accepted via online submission from Nov. 15, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2013. For more information, including official rules, entry form, details on awards, and additional media, please visit

The 2013 DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition is sponsored by DuPont in collaboration with A+ Media, Britannica Digital Learning, NASA, NBC Learn, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and the Walt Disney World® Resort.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

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