The Hudson Data Jam emphasizes creativity in presenting data, which begins with the ability to understand and interpret data. These skills—understanding, interpreting, and presenting data—are essential in today’s world, where all sorts of misleading “facts” are only a click away and our ability to gather data outpaces our ability to interpret and categorize it.
Graph, analyze, and creatively interpret Hudson River watershed data for a public audience. Your goal is to present a compelling data-based story or message that accurately describes a finding from local scientists.
You may create a graphic, story, play, song, or other product—your imagination is the limit! Just make sure your creation accurately summarizes and portrays the trends from the data.
For a comprehensive look at the Hudson Data Jam, download our PDF Guidebook.
Looking for an exploratory activity that siblings and parents can work on together during school closures? Consider Family Data Jam! Rather than submitting separate projects for the middle and high school categories, siblings of different ages can instead work together on a single project. Elementary-age students can also participate with guidance from older siblings or guardians. Project groups can be as small as one child and one adult.
Family Data Jam allows parents or guardians to be more involved with Data Jamming, offering their own data interpretations, computer skills, or artistic input. Family Data Jam project submissions require only one graph with a paragraph-long interpretation and a creative project with a brief explanation. A special award will be granted to our top Family project. Please refer to our Family Data Jam rubric for details.
Family Data Jam
Registration for the Hudson Data Jam Competition is required three weeks before project submissions are due. All registrations must be completed by May 20, 2020. Registration is non-binding, but it helps us estimate the number of judges we will need.
Projects registered by February 1 will be eligible for a free classroom visit by a Cary Institute educator to introduce Data Jam or assist with student projects.
Fill out the registration form. Only one registration form is necessary per advisor.
You will receive a confirmation by email. If you have not received a confirmation within 24 hours of submitting your registration, please call or email us (845-677-5343; firstname.lastname@example.org).
All students participating in the competition must complete the consent form. Team projects with missing consent forms cannot be judged.
We provide dozens of local datasets collected by Cary Institute and other local organizations like Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper. We also highly recommend using the data from the Day in the Life of the Hudson, especially if your students participated in Day in the Life. Our datasets are available as Google Sheets through the Datasets page. If you want a fun, easy way to try graphing, you might want to try out our interactive drag-and-drop graphing portal hosted on Tuva.
If there is a local dataset you’d like to use that we don’t have on our page yet please let us know, as we are always trying to make our collection more engaging and classroom-friendly.
Projects are both submitted and judged online.Instructions for project submissionsJudging rubricFamily Data Jam judging rubric
Students can work on projects on their own or in groups as small as two students or as large as a whole class. Prizes are awarded for a project, so winnings must be split between team members.
Family Data Jam teams can be as small as one child and one parent/guardian.
Prizes will be awarded separately for middle and high school students. Each age group will include:
A special prize will be awarded to our top Family Data Jam project submission.
Each submission to the Hudson Data Jam Competition will include two parts – a scientific report and an interpretive creative component.
We recommend reading the Data Jam Guidebook for a scoring rubric and detailed information about what the Report and the Creative Component entail.
May 20 – Competition registrations and parent/guardian consent forms due. (extended deadline)
May 27– Project submissions due online by 11:59pm EST.
June 19 – Virtual Data Jam Expo and Awards Ceremony. All prizes awarded during the event.