2020 Geothermal Design Challenge for Students

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), in conjunction with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is hosting the 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge: GIS Mapping Student Competition.  The design challenge focuses on a non-technical barrier to geothermal development to foster understanding and share the benefits of geothermal energy technologies.  Student teams of two or three will use geographic information system (GIS) mapping to create a compelling infographic/poster or interactive map to discover potential opportunities from this renewable energy source.

High school (grades 9-12) and university (both undergraduate and graduate) students (full or part-time) enrolled at an accredited academic institution at the time of submission are eligible to participate. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to participate in the 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge.  The deadline to submit draft entries for compliance review is March 30, 2020.  For more info and to register, click below!


Any questions?  Contact:

Erin Murphy
Outreach Director
Geothermal Design Challenge
(651) 587-9094

The Impossible Map

Check out this 1947 film about map projections.  Film Description: “Development in long-range travel and the growing importance of the Arctic and Antarctic regions make it necessary to understand how maps may be misleading. Experiments with a grapefruit illustrate the difficulty of presenting a true picture of the world on a flat surface and it is concluded that the globe is the most accurate way of representing the earth.” — National Film Board of Canada

2020 SCAG Student Showcase

As part of the 2020 SCAG Student Showcase, ESRI and SCAG will be leading a free story map webinar training this Friday, March 6th at 10am. This training is available for students interested in competing or learning more about story maps. The competition is open to currently enrolled students at universities/colleges within the SCAG region, as well as those alumni that graduated from college within the last 12 months. For more information about the competition please see the PDF.

To RSVP to the webinar training, please visit the following link: http://scag.wufoo.com/forms/2020-student-showcase-webinar

Other important dates for the Student Showcase include:

  • March 16: Abstracts due at 10:00am

o   Submission link: http://scag.wufoo.com/forms/2020-student-showcase-submissions

  • March 30: Final projects due at 10:00am

o   Submission link: http://scag.wufoo.com/forms/2020-student-showcase-submissions

Examples of Storymaps from past participants:

  • Earthquake Preparedness
  • Evaluating Tax Increment Financing Tools
  • The Environmental Injustice that Homeless Face
  • Bicycling in Southern California

Once again we are very excited for this opportunity to work with students throughout the SCAG region. Please pass this information along to your students in the best way you see fit. Feel free to reach out to Lyle Janicek at janicek@scag.ca.gov or (213) 236-1966 with any questions you may have.

The US Water Crisis

The United States Water Crisis is an interactive report published as a part of a graduate thesis in May 2019 that explores the effects of forces like “population growth and climate change,” on the United States’s water supplies. The graphic storytelling website allows users to scroll through three sections that demonstrate how our water systems have changed and what the consequences of these changes are.  Check it out!