National Aquarium Hosts Weather & Climate Contest For Maryland Teachers & Students

2/26/2015

Climate Central, a Princeton-based science and journalism organization, is teaming up with the National Aquarium and a host of Maryland-based organizations to launch the Weather & Climate Contest for students in grades 5-12 from across Maryland.

Cash prizes go to winners who use their theatrical, musical and artistic talents to create short presentations on climate change impacts and solutions. With a record numbers of floods in Annapolis, a warming Chesapeake Bay, hotter summers in Baltimore and Washington D.C. and more frequent heavy downpours across Maryland, this contest offers students a great opportunity to dive in and understand the connection between weather and climate.

Entries will answer questions like: How does climate change affect your weather? How is climate change affecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed? What is your carbon footprint and how can you reduce it? Students can answer these and other questions either individually or in groups limited to five participants; specific contest questions can be found at http://aqua.org/weatherclimateday. Participants may apply independently of their school affiliation.

“This contest gives Maryland students an opportunity to creatively express the connection between weather and climate, how it impacts our lives now and in the future, and our role in global warming. Students can respond to our theme – Climate Change: the Science, the Impacts, Our Future – by answering specific contest questions through song, dance, art or with a more traditional scientific presentation, or even a weathercast that incorporates climate information,” said Bernadette Woods Placky, former WJZ Emmy Award winning meteorologist and now Climate Matters Program Director at Climate Central.

Entries are due on April 15th and will be judged on their relevance to the theme, scientific accuracy and creativity. Contest entrants will be given free admission to Weather & Climate Day at the National Aquarium on May 16th, where winners will perform or present their entries and be hosted by Maryland’s leading environmental agencies, TV meteorologists and non-profit organizations.

Read more about the May 16th Weather & Climate Day, download the contest flyer and order a poster at www.aqua.org/weatherclimateday.

Weather & Climate Day and the contest are sponsored by the Town Creek Foundation.

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