The 2020 AdCap Challenge
The 2020 AdCap Challenge presented in partnership with Corteva Agriscience, Domino’s and Land O’Lakes took an unexpected turn for everyone involved when COVID-19 shut down in person school and extracurricular activities. That said, student and their teacher remained eager and passionate about participating in the Challenge, perhaps because it enabled them to dream up and design improvements for their schools when opportunities for doing anything became so limited. The AdCap team also knows from experience that this generation of leaders and big thinkers continue to persist with their ideas and their actions and we found that many student teams developed solutions for the Challenge that reflected the new world we’ve living in, which just shows how they respond to issues facing themselves and their peers. After all, no one is better equipped to solve health and wellness challenges within education and make them sustainable than students. With school (hybrid and remote) in full swing, AdCap continues to afford opportunities to students working so hard, despite circumstances, to make meaningful change happen. And as ever, they inspire us.
  • “How can you create partnerships in your school community to remove barriers to accessing more nutritious foods, including dairy?” (Presented by Land O’Lakes)
  • “What idea can you come up with to help us make sure youth have information on food and food production that’s grounded in science and real farm practices, and that’s easy to understand and relevant to their lives?”(Presented by Corteva Agriscience)
  • “How would you re-think the space and experience in your cafeteria to increase efficiency, decrease food waste and encourage consumption of nutritious foods?” (Presented by Domino’s)
  • By the numbers:
    • 521 Registered Students
    • 188 Registered Educators
    • 161 Teams
    • 54 Submitted Entries
    • 25 Winning Teams
    What’s Next? All 25 teams are receiving at least $1,000 to bring their idea to life in the fall, a $100 gift card for their Challenge Advisor, an Entrepreneur Kit in the fall, and Challenge Certificates signed by Challenge partners. Grand Prize teams also receive a $500 gift card for their advisor and a special opportunity this fall to engage with their Challenge Question partner company. All teams have the option to request additional funding to support remote learning or project “plus up” ideas once they return to school (total of $2,000 to each winning project who requests it).