Upcycle2020 Challenge

To commemorate Maine’s Bicentennial in 2020, ecomaine is holding an “upcycling challenge” for students to compete for a $2,020 prize for their school’s green team or project graduation.

Rules & Guidelines:

Students should be an integral part of the design and construction process, though a teacher, coach, or administrator will need to sign off on the project.  Schools or programs that serve Pre-K to Grade 12 are all eligible. 

Inventions should incorporate a significant amount of material that would otherwise have been recycled or put in the trash.

Upcycled items should have a new use, and be a useable item (though repairing is an important skill, we won’t consider simply repairing a toaster to work once again).

Schools are required to be in (or serve students from) an ecomaine member community.

Plastic sheeting into a tent? Old machinery parts into home decor? Turn trash into treasure for your school!

Students will have until March 13, 2020 to unveil their upcycled inventions, either by sending their submission as a document, photo, or video to info@ecomaine.org or by tagging it with #upcycle2020 and their school info on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

Finalists will be chosen by ecomaine’s Outreach and Recycling Committee based on the following criteria:

  1. Incorporation of post-consumer materials
  2. Ingenuity and functionality of a new “upcycled” invention
  3. Inclusion of students in the design and construction process
  4. School (teacher, coach, administrative) approval
  5. School is part of an ecomaine member community

Finalists will then be selected by popular vote on social media leading up to Earth Day (April 22) 2020.

Questions may be directed to info@ecomaine.org or by calling Matt Grondin at 207-523-3108.

Good luck!