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Hudson Data Jam Competition

Now in its sixth 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.

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.

That's why we began the Hudson Data Jam Competition in 2014. We’re looking for new, creative ways to share the science of the Hudson River and its watershed.

This year, 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!

And if you need more motivation, cash prizes will be awarded to the top projects at both the middle and high school levels.