Cook MS students place at 1st National Geographic ‘GeoChallenge’

April 27, 2018

Eleven Cook Middle School students qualified and competed at the first-ever National Geographic GeoChallenge
Eleven Cook Middle School students qualified and competed at the first-ever National Geographic GeoChallenge, attending a regional competition April 6 in Bedford. The GeoChallenge challenged teams of fifth- to eighth-grade students to develop creative solutions to real-world issues and problems. 

April 27, 2018—Eleven Cook Middle School students made up four teams who qualified and competed at the first-ever National Geographic ‘GeoChallenge,’ attending a regional competition April 6 in Bedford.

Among them, eighth-graders Camryn Kelly, Lexi Chau and Rhea Patkar, who formed Team Gazelle, won for “Outstanding Story Tellers” at the competition.

: Cook Middle School eighth-grade students Rhea Patkar (left), Lexi Cha and Camryn Kelly
Cook Middle School eighth-grade students Rhea Patkar (left), Lexi Cha and Camryn Kelly, who formed Team Gazelle for the National Geographic GeoChallenge, won for “Outstanding Story Tellers” at the regional competition, which was held April 6 in Bedford.

Other students who competed were fellow Cook eight-graders Emma Anderson, Riley Schaudel, Adithi Reddy, Tanya Sutippantupat, Trinity Ramirez, Larissa Bates, Colin Morris and Bilal Qureshi.

The GeoChallenge is a standards-based competition founded by the National Geographic Society that challenges teams of fifth- to eighth-grade students (four to six per team) to develop creative solutions to real-world issues and problems. Students respond to challenges by using research, collaboration and communication to create and deliver solutions to the challenges presented.

Cook Middle School eighth-grade students Colin Morris (left) and Bilal Qureshi were among the 11 participants from the school to compete in the National Geographic GeoChallenge.
Cook Middle School eighth-grade students Colin Morris (left) and Bilal Qureshi were among the 11 participants from the school to compete in the National Geographic GeoChallenge.

The 2017-2018 theme was “On The Move,” and it challenged students and teams to research a migratory species they were interested in and come up with an obstacle or obstacles that impede the species’ migratory path. Students were required to have a video that included a map of the migratory path, a story about the species and a call to action for solving the problem, submitting their video and application to National Geographic.

Creativity was encouraged and more than 50 top-performing teams advanced to the regional competition, which was held at the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Administration Building. 

In all, 11 teams from Cook qualified for the regional competition and four participated. The students presented live in front of a panel of judges and answered questions.

“It was a great opportunity and experience for the students,” said Kari Ragain, Cook science curriculum specialist. “The kids had a great time.”

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