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Open Webinar for HS Students Competing in "Visualize Your Water Challenge"


Attention all high school students with a passion for the environment: The Visualize Your Water Challenge, sponsored by the Obama administration, is looking for innovative students grades 9-12 to create compelling visualizations that can teach their communities and others about nutrient pollution in a local waterway using geographic information system (GIS) software and water quality data collected by Federal, state and local efforts.

Nutrient pollution is one of the biggest environmental issues in the Great Lakes region, causing algal blooms and hypoxia in local watersheds.

To gain an edge on the competition, students and educators can check out a free webinar hosted by the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute and Minnesota Sea Grant on Tuesday, January 26 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm CST. The webinar will give students and teachers tips on geography, data analysis and visualization, water quality, using ArcGIS tools and more. Registration is required. For those who cannot make the webinar, it will be recorded and available through March 1 on the Minnesota Sea Grant website.

The Great Lakes region competition is open to high school students of any type (public school, private, magnet, charter, home) in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The grand prize winner will recieve $2,500 and the opportunity to attend the Esri Education Conference in San Diego, California in June. Regional winners and honorable mentions have the chance to have their work published on a series of websites. Submissions are due March 1, 2016 by 8pm EST, and winners will be announced in April.

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To learn more about the Challenge, visit

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