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Hudson Data Jam Competition

Now in its 8th year, the Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges students to creatively tell the science stories of the Hudson River watershed.


Making data "sing" through creative expression.

Virtual Data Jam 2021

In a response to an increased need for distance-learning opportunities for teachers, homeschool instructors, parents, and guardians, we are offering...

  1. Traditional Data Jam for middle and high school students.
  2. A Family Data Jam that allows students of all ages and their family members to explore data together.
  3. Webinars for participants and educators.
  4. A Facebook group for all participants - students and instructors alike - to connect and share strategies for remote Data Jamming.

Why a Data Jam?

The Hudson River Valley has been intensely studied by scientists for decades. Yet despite the tremendous discoveries made about the Hudson, many of the river's science stories are not well known by the people who call the Hudson Valley home. We believe that the skills of understanding, interpreting, and presenting data are essential in a world where our ability to collect data outpaces our ability to make it understandable for a public audience.

Data Jammers will immerse themselves in authentic, local datasets collected by professional scientists, including Cary Institute ecologists. Whether students create a graphic, song, video, sculpture, computer game, puppet show, or children's book, their imagination is the limit!

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top projects at both the middle and high school levels during our Expo & Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 21 2021.

Have fun Data Jamming, and if you have questions along the way you can always connect with us at caryeducation@caryinstitute.org or on our Hudson Data Jam Facebook page.

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