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Imagine Cup Earth is a new contest for students ages 6-18 in which you’ll use computer programming to create a game, simulation, or story inspired by the kinds of earth science that NASA and other researchers do every day. 18 winning students will win prizes totaling $36,000! You can read the official rules here.
We know that around the world, students have many different school schedules. So we have three global deadlines and you can pick the one that’s right for you! They are:
First Round Deadline: 23:59 GMT December 15, 2015 (First Round Submissions Closed)
Second Round Deadline: 23:59 GMT March 31, 2016
Third Round Deadline: 23:59 GMT June 15, 2016
You can enter any round you want. You can even enter multiple rounds – if you don’t win one round you can make a new project or improve your old one and try again!
For the Intermediate challenge, three students will win a prize for each round:
For the best web app exploring an earth-science topic using actual NASA data.
1st Prize: $3,000
2nd Prize: $2,000
3rd Prize: $1,000
Thanks to our partnership with NASA, we have some great inspirational material for you to start with.
For this skill bracket, you will create a web app that uses real scientific data showing algae levels in Earth’s oceans measured by a satellite detecting Chlorophyll-A in the water. This data is used by scientists to detect unusually large blooms of phytoplankton algae, often caused by excess nitrogen from farm fertilizer runoff, which in turn can deplete an area of water of oxygen and kill the fish living there. But they also use the satellite data showing Chlorophyll-A to measure other things, such as the movement of ocean currents, jets, and plumes. Once you can see something, you can measure it and use it in all kinds of ways.
Here’s the NASA Earthdata article you can start with: Cleaner water from space.
What you do with that data is up to you! Here are some suggestions:
Read more articles about algae blooms, fish kills, and chlorophyll levels here:
Your entry will consist of the following:
If you build a web app and host it online, provide the URL for your web app.
If you build a web app and want to submit it as a .zip file containing everything needed to run it locally in a web browser, please upload the .zip file to a cloud storage service such as Microsoft OneDrive, make the file public, and provide the URL to download the file.
Register now for Imagine Cup Earth! You’ll need to create a Microsoft Account first if you don’t already have one, and if you’re 13 years old or younger you’ll need your parents’ help. Then sign up for the contest and visit your Dashboard where you’ll find the submission form for your entry.