We’re in need of students like you to help us tell stories about the Hudson River and its tributaries!
So how do you get started?
First, look at last year's winning projects and some examples of what we’re looking for. Then, when you have an idea of what the competition is all about, read through the Rules & Regulations to gather the details and be sure to make note of important dates.
Now that you’re psyched to win that $500 1st prize and the People’s Choice Award, it’s time to get to work!
If all of this seems challenging at first—fear not! We’re here to help.
Step 1: Decide—Work alone or with others?
Decide whether you want to work alone or with others. If you want to work with others, talk to your friends and teacher to find out who else might be interested in participating. Talk to your family and teachers and let them know that you would like to participate in the competition and direct them to this website for more information. They’ll be able to help you and any of your siblings or classmates who are also interested in entering the competition.
Step 2: Register through a team advisor.
Whether you enter as a team of one or many, you’ll need to choose an adult team advisor. There are two categories of teams that can enter: small teams (consisting of one to six students) or class teams (consisting of entire classes or grade levels). Your team advisor can be a teacher, parent, or another trusted adult.
Have your team advisor register your project for the competition. Registrations are due May 4th.
What your team advisor will need from you:
*Hint: You’ll probably want to check out the Data Sets page, to get an idea of what data sets are available. These data sets will provide the scientific evidence you’ll be using to tell your story.
Step 3: Return signed parental consent forms.
Make sure you return your signed parental/guardian consent form to your team advisor as soon as possible (it is due back to the Cary Institute by May 18th).
Step 4: Get to work!
It’s now time to start working on your project:
Step 5: Submit your project.
Submit your project online between May 1st and June 1st, 2015. Instructions for online project submission will be e-mailed to your team advisor. To ensure our judges will be able to open your files, all word documents and PowerPoints should be submitted as .pdf files whenever possible. Deadline for submissions is 11:59pm EST on June 1st, 2015.
Step 6: Attend the Data Jam Expo!
All student participants, team advisors, family, and friends are encouraged to attend the 2015 Hudson Data Jam Expo. Bring your project and a tri-fold poster neatly displaying all nine components of your report to the Marist College Student Center in Poughkeepsie, NY between 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The event will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m.
Remember, while attendance is not necessary to enter to win merit prizes, the People's Choice Award and the door prize are only available to participants present with their projects during the 2015 Hudson Data Jam Expo. Travel scholarships are available for students who live over 40 miles away and demonstrate financial need. Send us an e-mail at email@example.com for more information about travel scholarships.
Still have questions?
We want you to use your energy to create fantastic projects, not trying to figure out what to do next or how to enter the competition.
We’ll do our best to make the entry process as easy as possible, but if something is unclear or you need help, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org