Hack-a-Thon 2017


The RSC is hosted its first ever hack-a-thon on February 16th, 2017 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center! The event brought together students from Iroquois, Fairview, and McDowell school districts to “hack” or solve a real world environmental issue. This all day event gave students hands-on learning and experience in science, technology, engineering, and math. Students also gained experience in communication skills and teamwork. The students were expected to complete their own research on the challenge topic using information provided by experts in the field of study. The students had only short time increments to complete their research, build a prototype, and present to a panel of judges. Each project was extremely well done and unique! Thank you to all the presenters, judges, and staff who helped make this hack-a-thon possible. And thank you to the student for their hard work, energy, and determination in hacking the solution!

We look forward to the hack-a-thon event February 23rd, 2017 with middle school students!

Hack-a-Thon flyer: Hack-a-thon poster 1

CHALLENGE REVEALED: Microplastics & Marine Debris

Award recipients by team name:

  • The Brook Trouts: Best Engineering & Most Community Engagement
  • Enviro-Clean: Best Presentation
  • Green Beam Team: Most Applicable in the Real World
  • Clean Water: Most Thorough Research
  • Fuzzy Carrot: Must Sustainable Project
  • The Green Tails: Most Original Project


Photos from the event (February 16th, 2017):

Hack-a-Thon Research Links:

Data sets:



GRID Arendal (infographics)



Ocean Conservancy

Other Resources:

PASG News in Education Website

8 Hard to digest microplastics 12 06 16 _Erie Times-News__C__6

9 Pesky Plastic problems 12 13 16_Erie Times-News__C__8

11_Erie Times-News__A__1Floating danger plastic

bren-patagonia brief


microfiberposter PataPlastBrief

Plastic Debris in 29 Great Lakes Tributaries Baldwin Corsi Mason 2016














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