Hudson Data Jam Awards Expo Features Creative Work by Regional Students

Family-friendly event to be held at Marist College Science and Allied Health Building, Saturday, June 3

 

(Millbrook, NY)  The public is invited to attend the fourth annual Hudson Data Jam Awards Expo. Support regional students while learning about the Hudson River in this unique event that combines river science and data interpretation with creative communication. Developed by educators at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the Awards Expo will be held at the Marist College Science and Allied Health Building from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3rd. Attendees will then move to the Marist Student Center for the awards ceremony and pronouncement of winners at 3:00 pm.

A panel of scientists, educators, and artists are currently judging the Hudson Data Jam submissions.  At the Awards Expo the top middle-school and high-school projects will be revealed. Expo attendees will have the opportunity to view projects, interact with students, vote on a People’s Choice Award, and enjoy light refreshments.

More than 200 students in grades 6-12 took part in the Hudson Data Jam, with representation from Beacon High School, Clarkstown High School, Croton Harmon High School, Hark Meadow Montessori School, Linden Ave Middle School, Marymount School of New York, Millbrook High School, Millbrook Middle School, Oakwood Friends School, Poughkeepsie Day School, Poughkeepsie High School, Rye High School, Stissing Mountain Middle School, The Chapin School, and Woodlands High School.

Movies, original songs, comics, and poems were among the projects submitted. In addition to their creative work, participants will also share a poster that includes the Hudson River data set used, graphs that capture data trends and/or comparisons, and an outreach plan for communicating their science story to the general public.

The Hudson Data Jam was made possible through generous funding from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Marist College is sponsoring the event by providing both a location for the Awards Expo, support for the Expo and the technology needed to support the electronic submission process.

You can keep abreast of Hudson Data Jam news by liking ‘HudsonDataJam’ on Facebook.

For more about the effort, visit: http://www.caryinstitute.org/students/hudson-data-jam-competition

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The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is a private, not-for-profit environmental research and education organization in Millbrook, N.Y. For thirty years, Cary Institute scientists have been investigating the complex interactions that govern the natural world. Their objective findings lead to more effective policy decisions and increased environmental literacy. Focal areas include air and water pollution, climate change, invasive species, and the ecological dimensions of infectious disease.