The Extraordinary Stories Award

We are faced with a set of Grand Challenges whose solutions are critical to humanity over the next decades. The NAE has identified fourteen specific challenges in the broad areas of Sustainability, Health, Vulnerability, and Joy of Living. To solve these problems will require interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative thinking.

The Extraordinary Stories Award Program celebrates those young people — students and recent alumni — who have made extraordinary contributions towards one of the Grand Challenge problems or areas. Nominations were in the form of an essay or a video, multimedia or straight narrative and came from all over the US, from individuals and groups of students ranging from pre-college through post-graduate.

The ninety-three entries were indeed extraordinary! We learned so much about the wonderful work students are doing. We urge you to explore all of them.