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Be a Climate Superstar

What is the Climate Superstars Challenge?

The Climate Superstars is an online environmental challenge that gets kids excited about the environment and how they can take an active role in caring for its future.

During the challenge, middle school classrooms (Grades 6-8) complete short tasks geared towards environmental literacy and energy efficiency. Tasks align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and can be performed online or in person and in any order! Classes that complete at least 7 tasks in the month of October will be entered into a drawing to win six,  $5,000 e-vouchers for Samsung products like tablets, laptops, and interactive displays to modernize their classrooms. 

Meet the 2022 Winners

NEEF and Samsung are proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Climate Superstars Challenge! Check out the full list of winners here to see if your school was selected to receive a $5,000 e-voucher for Samsung technology!

See the full list of winners here.

Join the 2023 Climate Superstars Challenge

The Climate Superstars Challenge will be back in October 2023! Sign up for more information about the competition and reminders about registration:


Who can participate?

If you are a middle school teacher (grades 6-8)* in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, simply register your class or after-school program and get set for the October 1 start!

What do I need to do?

During the month of October, visit the online portal to view and complete tasks. You only need to complete 7 tasks to be included in the prize drawing.

What are the tasks to complete?

Tasks are learning activities that align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that take roughly 15-20 minutes to complete. They're easy to fit into your daily schedule as a fun complement to your lesson plans and can be performed online or in person.

  • You can complete the tasks at your pace - one a day, two a day, or all in one day.
  • You will be able to see all of the tasks after registering.
  • Tasks can only be completed and counted towards the prize drawing when the contest opens on October 1.
  • See an overview of the tasks

How can I include tasks in my lessons?

We've prepared an Educator Guide with supplemental material to give each task context, lesson suggestions, and resources. Download now!

Who organizes the Climate Superstars Challenge?

Climate Superstars is presented by Samsung and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with support from ENERGY STAR®.


Hear from winning teachers

Image of teacher Connie Staley with three students standing outside a classroom door

"I appreciate curriculum about saving our planet. Students were able to learn more about the environment and how to save it."

Connie Staley, Goddard Middle School, KANSAS

image of teacher Jill Hermsen holding a tablet while instructing a student, Explore with Science sign hangs in the background

"These tasks created an opportunity for discussions that led to a heightened curiosity about many different topics that the students explored further."

Jill Hermsen, Oconto Middle School, WISCONSIN

Teacher Kate Czapla with a group of students looking smiling

"The most rewarding part for me was seeing those lightbulb moments when students really connected what we were learning to local events."

Kate Czapla, Perkiomen Valley Middle School East, PENNSYLVANIA


Donita Legoas, a teacher at AR Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School in Augusta, Georgia, was one of the winners of the 2021 challenge. In this interview with NEEF, Ms. Legoas shares how participating in the Climate Superstars challenge aligned with her school’s initiative to integrate technology into learning, why her students think it’s important to learn about the environment, and how her students plan to make change now and as they grow older. Watch her interview to hear more about her experience.


The 2021 Grand Prize Winner, Dr. Marcia Berger's class from Crystal Lake Middle School, treated hundreds of students to a surprise visit and afternoon concert with AY Young and the Battery Tour. Read the follow-up article here and view highlights from the event below. Read the full winners announcement here.

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* The Climate Superstars Challenge is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, and legal residents of Puerto Rico, who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older and currently employed as a teacher/educator in a public or private Middle School, or After-School Organization that teaches grades 6-8, including State or Federally Funded Expanded Learning Programs and Charter Schools (“Entrant”). Note: Home School, not eligible to participate or win.

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