2017 Hudson Data Jam Competition

Making data "sing" through creative expression

Now in its fourth 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 & Advisors

For Teachers & Advisors

The Hudson Data Jam Competition is a STEAM program in which 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. 

  • Please visit our “New This Year ” page for 2017 contest changes including our updated rubric, more detailed metadata for highlighted datasets, our teacher guidebook, and a new form to help guide students through their report.
  • Download our Data Jam Guidebook PDF for complete contest information.
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 or watch a webinar.

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

Data Jam webinars are organized by our related Data Jam in Baltimore.  These interactive webinars give background on Data Jam and allow teachers to ask questions in real-time. For more information visit the Baltimore Data Jam webpage.  

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 1 and all team information must be finalized by May 12. 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. Please print out the consent forms and distribute them to each participating student. Return the signed parental/guardian consent forms to the Cary Institute no later than May 12.

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 12. All completed forms can either be scanned or photographed and e-mailed to caryeducation@caryinstitute.org or mailed to:

Shelly Forster
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 Saturday, June 3 at Marist College. Students are asked to come early to set up their projects and posters starting at 1:00pm. Projects will be available for viewing from 1:30-3:00, and the awards will be presented at 3:00. 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 at the Expo.

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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