Weather & Climate Contest for Maryland students in grades 5-12 (April 15 deadline)

Climate Central, in partnership with the National Aquarium, has officially launched the Weather & Climate Contest for students in grades 5-12 across Maryland. Cash prizes and field trips will be awarded to winners in three categories:

• Artistic expression (dance, song, hip-hop/rap, drama, poetry, art)
• News report or weathercast
• Science poster or presentation (eg., Bill Nye, Mr. Wizard, researcher).

Students will use their theatrical, musical, and artistic talents, journalistic skills and scientific knowledge to create short presentations on climate change impacts and solutions.

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With record numbers of floods in Annapolis, a warming Chesapeake Bay, hotter summers in Baltimore and Washington DC, and more frequent heavy downpours across Maryland, this contest offers Maryland students a great opportunity to dive in and understand the connection between weather and climate…and win money!

Students wishing to participate should submit an entry that identifies the audience for their presentation and answers one or more of the specific questions below:

1. How does climate change affect your weather?

2. Explain/demonstrate the role greenhouse gases play in Earth’s changing climate.

3. How is climate change affecting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, now and in the future?

4. What is the carbon footprint of your home, school or town (or all of these)? How can you reduce that footprint?

5. Explain/demonstrate the carbon cycle and the influence humans are having on it.

6. Explain how individual choices and community action can help us solve and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

7. Explain the importance of the ocean in regulating our climate system (heat, humidity, etc.)

All entries must be submitted by April 15, 2015.

For additional information (about eligibility, entry format, judging criteria, prizes and more) please see this page on the National Aquarium’s website, or send an email to: weatherclimatecontest@climatecentral.org

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