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The Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13), in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), is announcing an Innovations Challenge, a statewide competition that challenges teams of students in 9th through 12th grade to use their problem-solving, creative, and strategic-thinking abilities to solve real-world lifesaving challenges. Winners will be selected by members of the Organ Donation Advisory Committee (ODAC).

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Your Challenge: 

Develop an innovative video that would encourage people — teens and/or adults — to become organ and tissue donors.

Your Award: 

The statewide winning team will be awarded $3,000. The winning team members will receive certificates as well as their school receiving a traveling trophy and a permanent trophy engraved with the school's name. The team will also be invited to attend the Annual OTDA Spring Conference in State College in May 2024. 

Project & Submission Guidelines 

  • Students must work together in teams (a minimum of two up to a maximum of four individuals) to develop their innovative video that addresses the challenge of convincing peers and/or adults to become organ and tissue donors.
  • All videos must be written, directed, and filmed by team members.
  • The video is to be between 30 and 90 seconds in length.

The challenge is open to Pennsylvania high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in public, private or charter schools. Note: PDE employees and their family members (siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews) are ineligible to enter. Statewide judging events may be held in person or virtually. 

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Submission Form:

Download this form to include with your video entry. All submissions must include the form.


Submissions must be received by Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 by 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2024

Want to Know More About OTDA?

The OTDA Project assists secondary students in pre-thinking the critical issues surrounding organ and tissue donation so that each teen can make an informed decision and communicate that decision to his or her family members.

Learn more about the Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness (OTDA) Program at Lancaster-Lebanon IU13: https://iu13.org/OTDA