Challenge 4: Environmental Debate Tournament

For Teams — Maximum points: 225 (4 student debaters in two teams of two; 50 points per student and one alternate team of two students; 25 points for team)

Debate is about critical thinking, building confidence and developing your public speaking skills. It’s also about learning to see every issue from different points of view to better understand your own. For this challenge, students will research timely environmental issues at the local, national, and international level and increase their scientific literacy and civic awareness. Download PDF

LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR DEBATE: Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Electronically submit the following:

EVENT DATE: Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm *Student debaters must arrive by 8:30 am*

✓  Entry Requirements:
 Maximum four student debaters (two teams of two) and one alternate team (two students). Other students may attend as spectators.
 Students and teachers must remain for the duration of the debate to receive points.
 On-time entry form submission. Late entry forms cannot be accepted.

OPTIONAL STUDENT WORKSHOP: Saturday, November 4th, at 10:00 am on ZOOM.
This one-day, virtual workshop will familiarize participants with all aspects of British Parliamentary Debate. Students will be able to learn about the rules and procedures, research and argument construction, and end with a practice round to give all students a chance to receive constructive feedback from debate coaches. 
Visit the student workshops webpage for more information and to register. Click here to register.


For more information on how debaters will be evaluated, see Challenge 4 Rubric.

Visit Challenge 4 Lesson Planning Guide for ideas on how to implement this challenge in your classroom.


  • Debate topics and resources coming soon.