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.
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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The 2018–19 GeoChallenge—Tackling Plastic!—invited students to investigate the urgent issue of plastic pollution in our waterways.
Teams of students used important skills such as teamwork, research, innovation, critical thinking, and persuasive communication to work on this challenge while:
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
Registration for the 2018-2019 GeoChallenge is now closed. Please check back in summer 2019 for the 2019-2020 GeoChallenge theme announcement and registration!
Thank you to the thousands of teams that participated in this year’s GeoChallenge! Project submissions are currently being appraised, and teams that qualify for the sixteen regional competitions will be notified in mid-February 2019.
September 15, 2018
Project submission website opens
January 15, 2019
Project submission deadline
March 29, 2019
GeoChallenge regional competitions
May 19-22, 2019
GeoChallenge national finals in Washington, D.C.