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Students in grades 9-12 must register by Feb. 1 to participate in the 2023 New Jersey Science Day Challenge that asks them to use scientific and engineering principles to investigate and develop solutions for water quality problems caused by human impacts. 

NJ Science Day, an annual event first held in 1950, is sponsored by the nonprofit New Jersey Science Teachers Association and the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. The 2023 challenge reflects the competition’s focus in recent years on fostering growth in science and engineering practices through authentic community-based problem solving. 

For the first time, this year’s competition allows students to work individually or as part of a team of two or three students. Winners will be selected in both categories. 

Students are being asked to research the damage that is being done to a specific New Jersey water system by human activity, including climate change. They must develop a scientific solution, assemble a slide deck using an online template and upload a 2-minute video that summarizes their submission and communicates their enthusiasm about the project. 

Students must register to participate in the competition by Feb. 1. The deadline to submit the work is 11:59 p.m., Feb. 6.  

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