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AQ-IQ Contest for Seventh Grade Students Statewide

Call For Entries!

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ) invites seventh-grade students to participate in the annual AQ-IQ Contest. Students create a project that highlights an air quality issue and provides a solution to that issue. The projects can be a poster, artistic project, video or game, and students can work with as many as three of their peers. The project puts students in the role of presenting the information, which is one of the most effective ways to learn. The contest is correlated with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction Essential Standards in Science, Technology, and Social Studies.


Any seventh-grade student in North Carolina may participate.  We encourage students to work in small groups and find an adult sponsor (teacher, parent, etc).

How do I register?

You can register and sign up to participate by completing an online Registration Form

Project Types:

Projects usually fall into four categories, including but not limited to: 1) posters, 2) games, 3) artistic/creative or 4) video.  Games must be able to be packed and transported similar to a standard board game. 

Criteria for Evaluation:

Projects are evaluated based on their facts, quality and creativity.

Due Date:

Submissions accepted from March 2-March 6, 2020 at a N.C. DAQ Regional Office or by email.

Regional Award Ceremonies:

There will be regional award ceremonies for the Western Region, Central/Piedmont Region, and Eastern/Coastal region. You may self-select any region based on your location on your registration form.

Note: Depending on the number of statewide entries, a larger statewide AQ-IQ award ceremony may be held in June or July.  Location and specific date to be announced.  In general, entries will compete against other entries from their regions.  However, the best regional projects may then be evaluated in the statewide AQ-IQ Contest for a statewide award.

Video: Learn more about the AQ-IQ contest!

The contest is designed to fit into either a traditional or block school schedule and is correlated with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction Essential Standards in Science, Technology, and Social Studies:

  • Science: 7.P.2: Understand forms of energy, energy transfer and transformation and conservation in mechanical systems.
  • Science: 7.E.1: Understand how the cycling of matter (water and gasses) in and out of the atmosphere relates to Earth’s atmosphere, weather and climate and the effects of the atmosphere on humans.
  • Technology: 7.SI.1: Evaluate information resources based on specific criteria.
  • Technology: 7.TT.1: Use technology and other resources for assigned tasks.
  • Social Studies: 7.G.1: Understand how geography, demographic trends and environmental conditions shape modern societies and regions.
  • Social Studies: 7.E.1: Understand the economic activities of modern societies and regions.

To coordinate a time and place to drop off the projects or find your local regional office, call Keith Bamberger at 828-296-4500 or email him at Contact him to electronically submit a video to the contest. We hope North Carolina teachers will encourage and support student participation in the AQ-IQ Contest. 

Current forms are also available on the Office of Environmental Education website.



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