RISE Challenge Colorado & Summit Information
WHAT is the RISE Challenge?
Part competition, part summit, the RISE Challenge is a community natural hazards education program that combines project-based learning, action civics, and environmental education to engage students as problem-solvers and leaders in making their communities safer, stronger, and more resilient to natural hazards.
How It Works
The RISE Challenge is open to all Colorado educators and students, grades 5 – 10.
- Learn about natural hazard risks in you community
- Select a community natural hazard issue to focus on
- Conduct research and speak with community stakeholders to learn about your issue
- Define a strategy for addressing the issue
- Develop an action plan proposal to submit to the RISE Challenge
- Prepare for and attend the RISE Challenge Summit to showcase your work
- Presentation options include: poster, video, or slide presentation
- Groups with top proposals will present to a panel of expert judges at the RISE Challenge Summit for the chance to win prize money!
All projects are eligible to receive implementation funding. Apply for Project Implementation Support HERE!
Awards will be presented to the top 5 winning proposals, determined on summit day as a combined score of the written proposal score and summit day presentation score. Prizes range from $1,000 for 1st place to $200 for 5th Place.
Information for Getting Started
Review RISE Challenge Key Documents & Resources: Access essential program documents when planning your unit, starting out with your students, and putting together your RISE Challenge proposal. At the RISE Challenge Colorado Resources page, you will find current judging rubrics, proposal guides, past project examples, community natural hazard education resources, and much more!
Explore Earth Force Educator Resources for Supporting Student Action Projects: Take a look at the great action project classroom resources we offer at our Earth Force Resources Website. There you find step-by-step videos, lesson plans, worksheets, and student resources for supporting project development, big and small.
Take Part In Our Fall Natural Hazards Resilience Teacher Professional Development Series: Interested in learning more about the RISE Challenge, natural hazard science, and education resources? Join Earth Force and HEART Force for our fall teacher professional development series. Hear from Colorado natural hazards experts. Discover natural hazard and community problem-solving curriculum resources. Meet other teachers working with students to understand community natural hazards and solutions.
Wednesday, December 2, 4-5 PM:
RISE Challenge Veteran Teachers Share hosted by Earth Force
Wednesday, December 9, 4-5 PM:
WWA Scientist 2020 CO Hazards Recap hosted by HEART Force
Wednesday, December 16, 4-5 PM:
Introduction to RISE Challenge hosted by Earth Force
Proposal Submission Deadline: March 12, 2021
All student community natural hazard project proposals must be submitted before Friday, March 12, 2021 to be eligible to compete in the RISE Challenge competition. SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT PROPOSAL HERE
Youth Summit For A Resilient Colorado: May 6, 2021 (Time TBD)
Register your class today to take part in this exciting event! This virtual event offers students the opportunity to showcase their work, interact with a community of professionals, and meet peers from across Colorado. Visit here to register and learn more about this great event.