04 June 2015

Baltimore Data Jam Competition 2015



The 2015 Baltimore Data Jam Competition brought together 77 students, 32 teams and 8 schools across the metropolitan region in a friendly, educational and creative competitive atmosphere.  Student teams were challenged to analyze a socio-ecological data set from the Baltimore region and present the “story” of their data set to a non-scientist audience through graphs, written explanations and a creative outlet.  Student projects included videos, maps, creative writing, power point presentations, children’s books, physical models and interactive displays.  Data sets ranged from stream chemistry and stream flow data to social science data sets on Baltimore neighborhoods.  All entries were judged by a panel of scientists, educators and artists.  Judges included representatives from the USDA Forest Service, the US Geological Survey, Biohabitats, Inc., The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the BES Artist in Residence.

Students were invited to the Baltimore Data Jam Competition Awards Ceremony and Celebration on May 9th to present their projects.  Parents, teachers and members of the BES community attended as well.  The following awards were presented:

First Place High School
·         Jordan Lanham, Juliette Ramos – Eastern Tech High School

Second Place High School
·         Sara Borowy, Tierra Lovelace – Eastern Tech High School

Third Place High School (two-way tie)
·         Hannah Parker, Alberto Salazar, Laurel Brinker-Cole – The Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
·         Carly Redett, Maslin Redett, Ellison Warmath – Baltimore City College High School

First Place Middle School
·         Daija Person, Raguita Diallo, Lawrhen Chapple – Grove Park Elementary/Middle School

Second Place Middle School
·         Tyion Brandon, Kayla Waters – Grove Park Elementary/Middle School

Third Place Middle School (two-way tie)
·         Kate Stevens, Mackenzie Zahn, Madison Michael – Catonsville Middle School
·         Britney Fonmboh, Kaliyah Gowing – Buck Lodge Middle School

Many thanks go to the people who made the Baltimore Data Jam Competition possible including our co-sponsor, Biohabitats, Inc.  A special thank you to our judges:  Sharon Schueler, Alan Berkowitz, Dan Dillon, Benjamin Glass-Siegel, Bess Caplan (Cary Institute); Quin Holifield, Anne Timm, Nancy Sonti (USDA Forest Service); Jonathan Dillow (USGS); Helen Glazer (BES Artist in Residence); Peter May and Amy Nelson (Biohabitats, Inc.)  In addition, BES would like to acknowledge the staff and faculty at the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science for providing a space to hold our Awards Ceremony and Celebration.

Congratulations to all the Baltimore Data Jam teams and especially to our winning entries!

The Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition Launch

All Data Jam prize winners were invited to display their projects at The Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition (GWBC) Launch. 

In attendance were: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes, plus Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Jim Kurth.  The GBWC is an effort to bring together government agencies, non-profits and private groups to work together to build resiliency for communities and nature in the central Maryland region.

Data Jam students were recognized by name and school as they were individually called to the front of podium and applauded by attendees.  What a great experience for our Data Jam students!

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