YC Wins First Place At Regionals! - GeoChallenge
YAMHILL-CARLTON STUDENTS WIN FIRST PLACE AT REGIONALS, ADVANCE TO THE NAT GEO NATIONAL COMPETITION IN WASHINGTON DC
Des Moines, Washington, March 29 2019 —A team of sixth grade students from Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School participated, and won first place, in the regional competition of the 2018-2019 National Geographic GeoChallenge.
The Vicious Nillas is comprised of Gus Amerson, Madyson Bell, Carson Carden, Delaney Kershaw, Ruth Rorabaugh, and Kylie Warner. This team had their project submission appraised and was chosen by National Geographic Society Explorers and staff to advance to the national level of the GeoChallenge. The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. Over 1,200 teams submitted projects to be one of the 183 teams that qualified for a regional competition at one of 16 sites across the nation.
The GeoChallenge is a project-based competition that empowers student teams in grades 5-8 to address a critical issue and change the planet, just like National Geographic Explorers. Student teams create and present real-world solutions to real-world problems. Students gain skills in research and storytelling, collaboration, videography, innovative design, and map-making. This year’s competition challenged students across the country to learn about and take action on the urgent issue of single-use plastic pollution in our waterways.Their project, which focused on improving the Nairobi River in Kenya through an education program for the Kenyans that focused around reusing plastic pollution as shin guards. They created their own prototypes of shin guards made out of plastic containers and plastic bags, explanatory pamphlets in Swahili and English, and presented their research and action plan to a panel of judges at the GeoChallenge Competition at Highline Community College.
The Vicious Nillas competed against 10 other qualifying teams from Oregon and Hawaii. As a first-place team, they received a $1,000 cash prize and support for the team members and their coaches to travel to the national competition in Washington, D.C., on May 19-22, 2019. The winning team of the national competition receives a $25,000 team prize plus support and guidance from National Geographic staff to implement their GeoChallenge solution.
Although this is the second year in a row which students from YCIS won their regional competition at the National Geographic GeoChallenge, this is the first year that the competition has expanded to include a national-level competition in Washington DC.