This Friday, March 29, 170 middle schoolers will gather at UNI’s Maucker Union to participate in Iowa’s first GeoChallenge, a competition that asks students to create real-world solutions to tackle real-world environmental challenges.
UNI is one of 16 sites across the country hosting the challenge, sponsored by National Geographic and coordinated for UNI by the Department of Geography. With the GeoChallenge in the afternoon and the annual Iowa State GeoBee in the morning, Friday promises to be a "GeoFest" of geographical educational activities.
This year’s GeoChallenge theme, Tackling Plastic, invites students to investigate the urgent issue of plastic pollution in our waterways and oceans. Teams of students will use skills such as teamwork, research, innovation and critical thinking to address the challenge and then create maps, models and videos to help communicate their solutions. CSBS faculty and staff are welcome to watch the students’ showcase their solutions from 1:45-2:30 p.m. in Maucker Union. Contact Alex Oberle for more information.