Disney's Planet Challenge, a project-based environmental competition for students in grades 4-6, is expanding nationwide. Disney started the program in 1994 in partnership with the California Department of Education, and it has been so successful in that state and in Florida that the company has decided to open it to schools from all 50 states. Students in the program come up with a project-anything from recycling electronics to protecting a local habitat-and manage it from start to finish. Disney's environmental team has developed the program in collaboration with curricular experts at the K-12 Alliance and the National Science Teachers Association.
Registration opens in September, and projects are due in February. Awards will be announced in spring 2010. To learn more about the program, visit www.DistrictAdministration.com/disney.