Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow 2018

How Would You Imagine Tomorrow?

Demand for clean energy and water, the threat of climate change, and the question of how to transition to an economy based on alternatives to fossil fuels and other sustainability issues are concerns for everyone. These tough issues demand focused research and a commitment that spans individuals, communities, governments, and industries. But the best solutions start with great ideas—like yours. That’s what this high school competition is all about.

How do you participate?

  1. Pull together a team. 
    Your team can include two to five students in grades 9 through 12. Team members can either all be strong in one field—like science, engineering, design, or social studies—or different members can be strong in different subjects.
  2. Choose a challenge topic. 
    Examine sustainability issues from any of four perspectives. Please note that schools can only have 2 teams participate per challenge topic.
  3. Set your ideas in motion.
    Prepare a presentation that includes one or more innovations to address the challenge you’ve chosen. Your project may be a continuation of a project previously presented at Imagine Tomorrow, but you must specify advances made in the time since it was last presented.
  4. Present your ideas.
    You and your teammates will travel to the Washington State University campus in Pullman to present your ideas before a panel of expert judges. Judges include WSU professors, as well as leaders in enterprise and public service from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Who can participate?

Students from all of the United States, in grades 9 through 12, are qualified to participate. Imagine Tomorrow targets student participation from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana. Home-schooled students are also encouraged to participate.

Public or private high schools:

  • Your team must have an adult advisor affiliated with your high school.
  • Your school may send as many as six teams. Only two teams per school can compete in any one challenge. 
  • If your team includes students from two or more schools, you must name one school as the team sponsor.
  • Foreign exchange students may compete as long as they are attending a high school or middle school (grades 9 through 12 only) in the United States.

Home-schooled students:

  • May form teams with other home-schooled students.
  • Must have an adult advisor for each team who is affiliated with the students’ educational process.