The Great Water Design Challenge

NOAA Planet Stewards and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy workshop
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 08:00 to 15:00

Water is a limited resource. More than 1,300 Illinois communities rely on water from Lake Michigan, inland surface water, and groundwater. Globally, more than two billion people are affected by water stress due to growing demands on water supplies and the increasing effects of climate change. Water is essential to all life. We must be responsible for its future.

In the Great Water Design Challenge, student teams will compete in research and design thinking to create innovative responses and solutions to address their selected water challenge. Teams will be provided with access to research, prototyping, and presentation materials to address their selected challenge. Experts will also be available for questions, conversations and insights as team work.

The Challenge is open to teams of 3-4 high school students and their faculty sponsor(s). Teams must arrange for their own transportation. Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. Awards will be presented to top performing teams. Space is limited to the first 20 schools that register.

Challenge Topics:

  • Water Quality
  • Marine Pollution
  • Invasive Species
  • Sustainability
  • Conservation


HS teams of 3-4 students + teacher/advisor

Registration Deadline:

May 1, 2019 
Space is limited to the first 20 teams to respond
Registration Link: esgcl3

Event Location:

1500 Sullivan Road
Aurora,IL 60506

Questions? Contact:

Liz Martinez at: