2015 Hudson Data Jam Competition

Making data "sing" through creative expression


Now in its second year, the Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges students to creatively tell stories for a general audience using data from the Hudson River watershed.

For Teachers

For Teachers

The Hudson Data Jam Competition is a STEAM program, where students interpret data in a creative way. Teachers of any subject can get their students involved.  Whether your students focus on historical trends, scientific poetry, or creative mathematical visualizations, we’d like to support you as you help your students enter and win this competition. 

We know how hard-working you already are, so as an added bit of encouragement and appreciation, we will be providing $200 honorariums to the first 14 teachers who register, have at least two eligible student projects submitted, and successfully administer the student assessments.

If you want to get your students involved in the competition…

Step 1: Familiarize yourself.

Peruse this website to become more familiar with the Hudson Data Jam Competition.  Be sure to check out our section for students, so you can have an idea of what the process will be for them.

Step 2: Attend a workshop.

We are offering (free) workshops throughout the Hudson Valley designed to increase your own understanding of data and help you help your students win the competition!

Click here for workshop dates and to register online. 

Please note that participation in these workshops is not required for your students to enter the competition.

Step 3: Register your students for the competition.

Don’t worry if you don’t know how many teams of students you’ll have or what they’ll be doing yet. Registering tells us that you’re planning to get involved and gives us a chance to help you and your students out.

Registrations are due online no later than May 4th and all team information must be finalized by May 18th. Team information may be finalized after registering using the team information sheet.

Step 4: Submit parental consent forms.

You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail with important information regarding the Data Jam Competition and student participation. Included in this confirmation e-mail will be a parental/guardian consent form and a team information sheet. Please print out the parental/guardian consent forms and distribute them to each participating student. Return the signed parental/guardian consent forms to the Cary Institute no later than May 18th.

If you did not submit your students’ team information during your registration, or if their team information has changed since your registration, please complete a copy of the team information sheet. To ensure the receipt of all required materials, please send all completed parental/guardian consent forms and team information sheets together by May 18th. All completed forms can either be scanned or photographed and e-mailed to caryeducation@caryinstitute.org or mailed to:

Samantha Root
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
P.O. Box AB
Millbrook, NY 12545

Step 5: Support your students in their projects.

We hope to support you by providing workshops to help you graph, read, and interpret data and to creatively describe data. We encourage you to pass on these skills to your students and support them in their projects! 

Click here to download the judging rubric for student projects.

We will be sending all competition information and updates to your e-mail address. Please be sure to keep your students updated on any new information.

Step 6: Encourage your students to attend the event!

This year's Hudson Data Jam Expo will take place on Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at Marist College from 2:00-4:00pm. Students are asked to come early to set up their projects and posters starting at 1:00pm. All prize winners will be announced during the event. Door prizes and the People's Choice Awards will only be given to students presenting their projects on Saturday, June 13th.

Travel scholarships are available for students who live more than 40 miles away and demonstrate financial need. Send us an e-mail at caryeducation@caryinstitute.org for more information or questions about travel scholarships.

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