August 27, 2019

RISE Challenge Colorado

RISE Challenge Colorado & Summit Information

WHAT is RISE Challenge Colorado?

Part competition, part summit, the RISE Challenge Colorado 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 Colorado is open to all educators and students in the state, grades 5 – 10.

  1. Learn about natural hazard risks in you community
  2. Select a community natural hazard issue to focus on
  3. Conduct research and speak with community stakeholders to learn about your issue
  4. Define a strategy for addressing the issue
  5. Develop an action plan proposal to submit to the RISE Challenge CO
  6. Prepare for and attend the RISE Challenge CO Summit to showcase your work
    • Presentation options include: poster, video, or slide presentation
  7. Groups with top proposals will present to a panel of expert judges at the RISE Challenge CO 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.

Read about past RISE Challenge winning projects

Information for Getting Started

REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE HERE or contact Justin Zakoren for more information.

Review RISE Challenge Colorado Key Documents & Resources: Access essential program documents when planning your unit, starting out with your students, and putting together your RISE Challenge Colorado 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 WebsiteThere you find step-by-step videos, lesson plans, worksheets, and student resources for supporting project development, big and small.


Important Dates

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 Colorado 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.


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