K-12 Innovation Challenges

The K-12 Innovation Challenges are semester-long projects that offer high school students the opportunity to collaborate with industry partners to investigate and solve real-world issues relevant to business. The program is designed to create our next generation of problem solvers and link academic achievement with the world of work.

Previous K-12 Innovation Challenges have included the 2018 “Get Into Energy” Challenge and the 2017 pilot program with K2M and Loudoun Academy. To date, over 400 students from Virginia Public Schools have participated, working with mentors from companies across the Commonwealth.

2020-2021 Innovation Challenges

KICK-OFF EVENT: Industry partners will present the Challenge to the student teams and provide an overview of available resources.
MENTORSHIP MATCHING: Industry partners will serve as competition mentors for schools in their region during the semester-long Innovation Challenge.
“SHARK TANK” COMPETITION: Student teams will present their findings at a Spring “Shark Tank” style event designed to recognize student achievement and industry collaboration.

 Screen Shot 2021-02-11 at 4.09.58 PM The Virginia Chamber Foundation’s Corporate Sustainability Committee and statewide education partners are joining together to help the Commonwealth shape a more sustainable future. Through the 2021 Virginia Innovation Challenge, student teams will use critical thinking and creativity to help identify sustainable practices powered by innovation.

The 2021 Virginia Sustainability Innovation Challenge is designed to help high school students learn about exciting career pathways and build critical workplace skills while designing sustainability programs for their schools and communities. The virtual Challenge will run from September, 2021 – December, 2021.

We invite high school students across the Commonwealth to join us and compete in the 2021 Innovation Challenge competition!

School registrations will open in March. For more information, please contact Cyndi Miracle at c.miracle@vachamber.com


Get Into Energy logo Virginia’s GET INTO ENERGY K-12 INNOVATION CHALLENGE brings together industry leaders and high schools to equip students with 21st century skills and build awareness among students, teachers, and parents about the fantastic education and career opportunities available in the energy industry. For more details, download this PDF. 

Click here to get your SCHOOL involved with the 2020 challenge.

Co-hosted by the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium

TEEN DRIVER SAFETY (3) Virginia’s TEEN DRIVER SAFETY K-12 INNOVATION CHALLENGE will bring together teen drivers and industry partners to develop innovative solutions such as technology and/or behavioral health concepts, to prevent young drivers from using cell phones (i.e. calls, texting, social media) while driving. For more details, download this PDF. 

Click here to get your SCHOOL involved with the 2020 challenge.

Contact For More Information:
Cyndi Miracle
Senior Vice President of Programs for the Virginia Chamber Foundation
(804) 237-1466