Summer Smart

July 21, 2020

What is the Summer Smart STEM Challenge?

SUMMER SMART is a five-week STEM [science, technology, engineering, math] activity challenge for kids and their parents/families. 

The program includes a simple curriculum guide to follow where kids and their families can participate and can use their cell phone to create a video or photo collage based on the guiding principles of a STEM lessons/curriculum.  

Mission:Ignite will release a new challenge each week that will provide guiding instructions of how to create and post a video or a photo collage for the competition.  

How do I participate?


Every Monday morning a new challenge is released in a video created by Jerry Hughes and Lorenzo Alexander. The Students have all week until Friday at 2 PM to work on their video or photo collage. Students are encouraged to include their siblings and parents, pets and friends to be involved if they choose. A team of judges will review the uploaded videos and photos and the very next week – the winners will be announced.

Upcoming lesson plans

Week 1: Simple Machines 

Week 2: Musical STEM Breakdown 

Week 3: Touch Down Dance 

Week 4: Backyard Scavenger Hunt 

Week 5: The Science of Food Reaction – focusing on Candy! 


We have secured a range of great prizes courtesy of the Buffalo Bills. See the full list below

  • Lorenzo Alexander Autographed Jersey
  • Lorenzo Alexander Autographed Hat
  • Jerry Hughes Autographed Helmet
  • Jerry Hughes Autographed football
  • Micah Hyde Autographed Cleat
  • Tremaine Edmunds Autographed Cleat
  • Jordon Poyer Autographed Mini Helmet
  • John Brown Autographed Mini Helmet
  • Dion Dawkins Autographed Hat
  • A Back-Yard Family Picnic Package valued over $500
  • Nintendo Switch Family Package valued at over $300
  • Cash Prizes  

Standard Rules 

We want to make this challenge fair and equal to all who participate, the following are the official rules for #SummerSmart.  


You must be in 4th – 8th grade with parent/guardian permission and filled out application.

Eligibility: The challenge is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United State and District of Columbia who are: students in grades four to eight. (NOTE: parental consent is required for all students at time of entry.)

Winner Selection: Winners will be selected by a committee of Mission Ignite employees, sponsors and volunteers based on originality, substance, uniqueness, creativity and applicability. All decisions regarding prize awards will be made by Mission Ignite and are final and binding.  

Winner Notification: Winner will be notified via email. Please give accurate email address. Please allow for 2-4 weeks for prize delivery following notification of winning. Prize will only be delivered to address within the United States

Prizes: Odds of winning depends on number of entries received. Weekly prize will vary week to week. Weekly prize is valued at $2.99 – $29.00 Grand prize is valued at $400.00. There will be three weekly winners for weekly prize. First, second and third place. To get entered into drawing for grand prize, you must participate in each of the five weeks.  

General Terms: No Substitution of prize will be offered; prize may not be redeemed for cash value. All participants as a condition of entry, agree to be bound by these Official rules and the decisions of judges.  

Limitations of Liability: Mission Ignite assumes no responsibility for computer or communications errors or any incorrect or inaccurate information. Mission Ignite reserves the right, at its discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or to be acting in violation of the terms and conditions. Mission Ignite reserves the right, at its discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the challenge and determine the winner from entries received.

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