I am pleased to introduce the 2010-2011 Disney's Planet Challenge. We had an incredible response last year—from educators and students alike—as we rolled out the program nationally for the first time.
Disney's Planet Challenge is a free, project-based learning environmental competition that empowers students to make a difference in school, at home and in their communities. It began 16 years ago as a regional competition that honored our founder Walt Disney's commitment to conservation of natural resources.
To ensure the highest educational standards, the program curriculum has been developed in collaboration with the West Ed K-12 Alliance and the National Science Teachers Association. A hands-on, problem-solving approach is incorporated into a series of lesson plans that are tailored to both state and grade-specific content standards in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and visual and performing arts.
Students choose a project, manage it from start to finish, and develop decision-making skills and self-esteem along the way. Past projects have ranged from school recycling programs to the protection of local habitats. National, regional and state winners will receive an array of Disney prizes, including a class celebration at Disneyland for the national grand prize champion.
I invite you to learn more about Disney's Planet Challenge and to join us as we help students think and act responsibly toward the environment.
Senior Vice President of Environmental Affairs
The Walt Disney Company
For more information, visit www.disney.com/planetchallenge
<a href="http://www.districtadministration.com/custompublishing/default.aspx?publisher=damicroportal&articleid=2524">Iowa sixth graders win Disney's 2009 Planet Challenge</a>
<a href="http://www.districtadministration.com/custompublishing/default.aspx?publisher=damicroportal&articleid=2526">List of 2010 Winners and Runners Up</a>