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About the Geochallenge

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.

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THIS YEAR'S CHALLENGE THEME: TACKLING PLASTIC!

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.

Key Dates

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.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST YEAR’S CHALLENGE

Have a Question?

The National Geographic GeoChallenge team is here to help! Please submit your questions to geochallenge@ngs.org.