Program Description

The goal of the Bright Schools program is to create a learning experience that will help students, parents and teachers better understand the link between light, sleep and student health and performance. Through the Bright Schools competition, students in grades 6-8 will select a topic related to light and sleep and select one of three exploration options (developing a prototype, creating an awareness campaign or writing a research proposal) to create an original project.

Lack of exposure to natural light and other forms of short-wavelength light during the day has been shown to shorten sleep time for school-aged children. Without the recommended 9-11 hours of sleep, students are more likely to experience behavior problems, from rule breaking to depression and anxiety. Students who are well-rested experience are more creative, have more self-control and perform better in school.

The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. With the help of the National Science Teachers Association, the Bright Schools Competition will also give students the opportunity to participate in an enduring Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) experience.