The GeoChallenge is an annual themed and standards-based competition from the National Geographic Society that challenges student groups in grades five through eight across the United States to develop a creative solution to a real-world problem. Participants must register to receive the program materials. Registration is now live!
Students form teams—between four and six people—and respond to a problem, challenge, or critical issue by using research, collaboration, creativity, and communication to create and present real-world solutions, just like National Geographic Explorers. Teams with the best projects can advance to the regional and national levels.
Join us to create a healthier, more sustainable planet.
The 2018–19 GeoChallenge—Tackling Plastic!—invites students to investigate the urgent issue of plastic pollution in our waterways.
Teams of students will use important skills such as teamwork, research, innovation, critical thinking, and persuasive communication while they work on this challenge:
Learning about watersheds and plastics in our lives and communities
Telling a fact-based story about a plastics pollution problem and solution
Designing and creating a map that shows the plastic pollution problem
Creating a solution to prevent plastics from polluting our waterways
Producing a dynamic video about their solutions
For full details on this year’s challenge and to get started, please register to receive a link to the GeoChallenge program guide.
September 15, 2018
Project submission website opens
January 15, 2019
Project submission deadline
March 29, 2019
GeoChallenge regional competitions (Locations TBA)
Late Spring 2019
GeoChallenge national finals in Washington, D.C.