The AQ-IQ Contest for Seventh Grade Students

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 4:04pm















Every year since 2004, the AQ-IQ Contest has given seventh grade students a chance to show off what they know about the air and how to keep it clean. It was started by Margie Mears, Director of the Clean Air Community Trust in Asheville, but has been a statewide competition run by the North Carolina Division of Air Quality since 2014.

The contest gives the students a chance to show off what the know, and compete statewide against their peers. The students look into the real problems we have with air quality: transportation and cars, electricity use, fire and burning trash, and other issues. The students also look at solutions like new and better technology, the pros and cons of solar power and events like earth day and other community efforts. Students can work in groups of as many as four to create artistic projects, games, posters and videos.Annually we also give special awards for the best projects in different categories. In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Earthday, we have highlighted Earthday as a one of the 2020 categories.

On Saturday, July 13, 2019, over 50 students, family members, and teachers gathered at the North Carolina Transportation Museum for the 2019 Air Expo Award Ceremony. Hundreds of students from every region of North Carolina had created projects on an air quality issue, and looked for solutions to the problem as a part of the Annual AQ-IQ Contest.

Students can create a project in four categories: Artistic Projects: 2016 AQ_IQ Top Artistic Project by, Elenie Lazaro and Lily Caldwell Waynesville Middle School Game Projects 2019 Second Place Game Fire Burns Hailey Studdard, Jamila Washington, Saesha Agarwal, and Sarah Pazokian Davis Drive Middle School Poster Projects 2017 Top Poster Particulate Matter By: Grace Nickol and Taylor Sollie Waynesville Middle School. Watch the top video project from 2015 by Liam Seriff:

Due to COVID-19 and school from home, we have made a few changes to the 2019 -2020 AQ-IQ Contest. We would like you to turn in your projects electronically. This will work best with posters and artistic projects – not as well with games. The projects are due the week of Friday, May 18, 2020. We will then evaluate the projects and let everyone know the winners before the end of May.

That means that there is still a chance to participate in the 2020 AQ-IQ Contest!

Visit the AQ-IQ Page to get started: Students and teachers will find step-by-step instructions on how to do a project and turn it in by e-mail.
Of course you can always contact us directly bout the contest via e-mail or phone:
Contact Keith Bamberger, the AQ-IQ Project Coordinator with the N.C. Division of Air Quality, at (828)-301-7537 or at