Help high school students apply classroom learning to real issues that help their community.
The pollution of our waterways with nutrient run off results in algae blooms that endanger aquatic life by reducing oxygen levels. In the United States, this problem is particularly acute in the Great Lakes Basin and Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
To raise awareness of this critical problem and engage local high school students in exploring possible solutions, a coalition of government agencies and private industry has created the Visualize Your Water Challenge.
In this competition, students will use digital mapping technology with data from the USGS, EPA, and other sources to analyze local water quality. They will then create a map that tells a story about the problem and suggests possible solutions.
U.S. High School Students in the following states are eligible to participate.
A free Esri ArcGIS Online school account is available so students can view and analyze relevant data and create maps.
Much guidance is available from the links attached to the different collaborators (below). See their resources to learn about the problem, find data, explore existing analyses, and learn to build your own.
April 2016 - winners announced (see below)
An opportunity to attend the Esri Education Conference, publication of winning map in Esri Mapping the Nation book, promotion on USGS, EPA, and Esri websites
National Geographic Atlas of the World. Publication of winning map in Esri Mapping the Nation book, promotion on USGS, EPA, and Esri websites
Two Regional First Place Awards (Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay) – Publication of winning map in Esri Mapping the Nation book, promotion on USGS, EPA, and Esri websites
Publication of winning map in Esri Mapping the Nation book, promotion on USGS, EPA, and Esri websites
Helps minimize risks to the environment to support sustainable communities and ecosystems.
Website and Video
Provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems.
Website and Portal
Provides software for mapping and analyzing data, to understand our world and solve problems.
Website and Portal
A network of people and technology providing free, easily-accessible data about the Great Lakes.
A White House program to enrich K-12 education in America with technological innovation.
A group of agencies and organizations developing affordable sensors to measure nutrients in water and soil.
A collaborative effort led by Sea Grant educators promoting Great Lakes literacy and stewardship.
Promote practical use and conservation of Great Lakes resources to create a sustainable economy and environment.
A partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey to promote research on the nation's water resources problems.
The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization committed to making an impact in our world.