Hudson Data Jam Awards Showcase features creative work by regional students

Family-friendly event to be held at Marist College Student Center this Saturday

(Millbrook, NY)  The public is invited to attend the first-ever Hudson Data Jam Awards Showcase. 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 Showcase will be held at the Marist College Student Center from 2-4 p.m. this Saturday, June 14th.

Educator Kali Bird explains, “We’ve been impressed by the work submitted by students. They’ve turned data sets on things like Hudson River salt levels and fluctuating zebra mussel populations into everything from stop-motion films to interpretive dances. They really put their heart into the work, with the support of their classroom teachers, and we hope the community comes to hear their unique stories and congratulate the winners.”

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

More than 89 students in grades 6-12 took part in the Hudson Data Jam, with representation from Arlington High School, Blue Creek Elementary, Boght Hills Elementary, Germantown Central School, Latham Ridge Elementary, Linden Avenue Middle School, Millbrook Middle School, Oakwood Friends School, Southgate Elementary, and Wallkill Senior High School.

Movies, original songs, dioramas, and a puppet show 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 Dorr Foundation and the Malcom Gordon Charitable Fund, which is managed by the Open Space Institute. Marist College is sponsoring the event by providing both a location for the Awards Showcase and the technology needed to support the electronic submission process.

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

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies | Millbrook, New York 12545 | Tel (845) 677-5343

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