Part art show/part science project, the Inspiration to Innovation (i2i) Challenge is a fun way for students in grade K-8 to explore nature and investigate STE(A)M (science, technology, engineering, art and math) while inspiring creative thinking.



i2i Challenge Sponsors

Using inspiration from 'Under the Sea,' create or illustrate a work of art that focuses on aesthetic value, an engineering concept, solving a real-world problem, or any combination thereof.


Use the i2i Challenge to inspire students in the classroom or students can enter individually. All accepted entries will be displayed at a public exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art! Are you planning to have your classroom or youth group participate in the i2i Challenge? Please let us know!


Send an Intent to Participate email to that includes your name, school/organization, town, student grade level and the number of netries you anticipate submitting to the Challenge!


The 2017-2018 theme is UNDER THE SEA!!


i2i Challenge Guidelines



For Educators: The STEM + Art = STE(A)M—Inspiration to Innovation (i2i) Challenge was developed to give students the opportunity to further their understanding of how STEM subjects and art relate, and the importance of that symbiosis. The i2i Challenge provides educators with community support and a framework to encourage creativity through imagination and incorporate STEM subjects.


For Students: STEM + Art = STE(A)M—Inspiration to Innovation (i2i) Challenge allows students to explore the integration of art concepts and STEM subjects. The i2i Challenge provides students with a supported framework for discussion of STEM subjects. Students’ observations and classroom discussions serve as the foundation for the students’ exploration of the relation between art and STEM and the impact they have on each other.


This exploration will lead students to a better understanding of the symbiotic relationship between art and STEM and encourage them to use their imagination and knowledge to further develop those concepts in new and creative ways.


Need ideas on how you can incorporate the i2i Challenge into your classroom?

Check out these classroom projects:


K-2: Camouflage | Depths of the Ocean
3-5: Echolocation | Shipwrecks
6-8: Arctic Ocean Life | Camouflage


All entrants must register their submissions between 12/1/17 - 2/15/18 online through the link below.