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Interdisciplinary Case Competition

Case Comp Banner Summer 2021

COMMUNICATING HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS OUR HEALTH

A Climate Year case competition for undergraduates

June 30 - July 15, 2021 (Summer Term weeks 2-4)

Care about climate and human safety? Want to make your voice heard at Drexel?

Be part of the solution! “Climate Change and Health” is a case competition in which interdisciplinary teams of Drexel undergraduate students grapple with the health impacts of climate change.

Climate change is here, and it is already having impacts on human health. These impacts are hitting some communities sooner and more heavily than others, however. Black and brown communities, those experiencing poverty, and people who live in the Global South are already experiencing trauma, dislocation, and intensifying disease impacts from climate change. What does the Drexel community need to know about the risks of climate change on our health?

Competing teams are challenged to develop a public information campaign to disseminate key information about climate change and health throughout the Drexel community of students, faculty, professional staff, alumni, and Academy of Natural Sciences members. Each public information campaign will consist of:

  • A short video
  • A poster
  • An Op-Ed
  • A social media graphic

Campaigns should convey accurate and actionable information about climate and health that empowers our community. The strongest team proposals will demonstrate an understanding of the climate emergency, and the teams’ deliverables will show an interdisciplinary approach to messaging. Participating teams will be able to take advantage of pre-recorded content and skills workshops during the span of the contest.

The top campaigns will be shared throughout Drexel information channels, including at our campus locations and through digital dissemination.

Participants will apply as individuals, and the competition logistics group will assign teams to ensure an interdisciplinary mix on each team. The competition is open to up to 12 interdisciplinary teams of five undergraduate students each.

*$2,000 Prize Pool*


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Dates and Deadlines:

Registration for “Climate Change and Health” opens Wednesday June 16, 2021, at 8 a.m. ET and closes June 23, 2021, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Individuals will be matched to teams and notified on June 25 by noon ET.

 

Timeline:

Timeline for Summer Case Competition 2021

The case competition will run from June 30 through July 15, 2021, weeks 2-4 of Summer Term. The competition begins with a launch from 6-7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 30, which will feature an informative presentation on the prompt, and competition organizers and judges will be available to answer questions. At least one member from each team must attend the competition launch event. This session will include an interactive breakout session for team members to meet and get to know each other. Teams will submit their campaigns by Tuesday, July 13, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The winners will be announced at the competition final on Thursday, July 15, at 6 p.m. ET. The three top-scoring teams will have their campaigns announced and displayed during the final, and those teams will be asked to describe their campaigns. Each team should have one team member present at the competition final.

 

During the two weeks of the competition, participants will be provided with a set of pre-recorded workshops offering basic design, persuasive writing and video production guidance as well as contextualizing information about climate and health. In addition, the organizing team will hold virtual office hours to answer any follow-up questions.

Download the flyer

 

Case Comp Flyer Summer 2021


FAQs

What is a case competition?  

Teams of students come together to create potential solutions to a problem. There is a set time limit and specific rules to which every team must adhere.

Why would I participate in "Communicating How Climate Change Impacts Our Health" case competition?

Case competitions provide students an opportunity to develop and enhance their analytical abilities, critical thinking, oral presentation, and communication skills. In addition, case competitions encourage networking between students as well as with leaders in the Drexel community.

Who can participate?

This competition is open to all Drexel undergraduate students.

What is required to participate?

Each team will need to create an interdisciplinary solution for the prompt and present their solution at the competition final. Each team member should be prepared to fully contribute to the team’s effort. At least one member from each team must: 

  • Attend the competition launch on June 30, 6-7 p.m.
  • Attend the competition final on July 15, 6 p.m. The three top-scoring teams will be asked to describe their campaign.

What if I have questions about the prompt?

The competition launch event (June 30) will include an informative presentation from competition judges and organizers. The judges will also be taking questions from the teams, so be ready with your questions about the basic parameters for competition deliverables. The judges and organizers will also be hosting virtual office hours, dates TBD, during which teams can ask additional questions.

What constitutes an “interdisciplinary team”?

An interdisciplinary team will be made up of students from at least three different disciplines. Teams can be up to five students, so the team makeup might be Engineering (2 students), Marketing (1 student), and Public Health (2 students). A team may also comprise of students from five different disciplines. Proposed solutions should also be interdisciplinary as the problem is not simply public health or environmental science or communications.

Does my team need to attend the launch and closing events?

Yes. Each team needs to have one member present at the launch and closing events. At the launch, teams can learn details about the competition question and ask judges clarifying questions about the problem, parameters for a solution, what is currently being done, budget, etc.

Does my team need to attend office hours?

No, the office hours are not mandatory. However, the office hours will offer greater insight into the issues contained within the competition question. Office hours are an opportunity to connect with competition judges and organizers to ask clarification questions.  It could be beneficial to have at least one team member participate in office hours.

What constitutes a complete campaign?

Judges are looking for proposals that thoroughly engage with the prompt. Teams must address climate change and health challenges through all four campaign media: a short video, a poster, an op-ed and a social media graphic. An interdisciplinary approach should be clear.

Strong campaigns will be well-researched, well designed, and factor in the complexity of the issue. Teams should be able to argue not only why their proposal is strong, but also share potential challenges their campaign may face. Campaigns should take into account the people and connections represented by the Drexel community. Teams will submit their completed campaign materials on July 13 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

How will a winner be chosen?

Three winning teams will be chosen based on the strength of their overall campaign design, content, and presentation, but all teams have the opportunity to have their ideas implemented, in whole or in part, to help create a climate-conscious Drexel community.

What is Climate Year?

Climate year is a collaboration between Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Together they are celebrating, supporting, and cataloging our ongoing climate work happening at all levels of the University as well as launching new initiatives to make combating climate change central to institutional practices, curriculum, research and civic engagement. For more information, please see the Climate Year webpage.


Questions? Please reach out via email: sustainability@drexel.edu

To learn more about Drexel's Climate and Sustainability initiatives and events like Climate Year, check these links out.