Imagining Tomorrow: H2O

Congratulations to the winning teams! 

Team"H2O YEAH!," comprised of Adaline Kerr of Whetstone High School and Kurtis Chenoweth of Columbus Alternative High School from Columbus, Ohio, was chosen for their gray water system solution.

Team "Dayzins," comprised of Zaid Adam Hadir Idriss and Yiwere Aminu from Lebanon Islamic Secondary School in Accra, Ghana, were chosen for their rainwater harvesting solution.


With rapid urbanization and climate change, water is increasingly becoming a scarce resource in many communities around the world, while in other areas, engineers and scientists are working to develop systems to manage an overabundance of precipitation.

To address this challenge and engage students in the solution, the Global STEM Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences is teaming up with Sister Cities International (SCI) and Sqore to challenge students ages 13-17 from around the world to take the lead in solving water issues in their communities.

Imaging Tomorrow: H2O gives students a unique opportunity to tackle a small piece of this giant puzzle by looking at how their communities can begin to manage water differently. Using their passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), students will get apply their scientific knowledge to an issue of critical need to their community and focus on the solutions necessary to make a difference in the areas they live in.


Middle and High School Students 13- 17 will work in pairs and submit a solution to one of two challenge options. While participating in the 60-day challenge period, students will have the opportunity to network with New York Academy of Sciences-affiliated scientists working in the areas of water, environmental science, sustainability, and engineering.

Scientists and practitioners will be serving as mentors and will be available to support the students as they research, investigate options, and design their solutions. Mentors will also inspire students by sharing information about their own research. Through this interaction with professionals working in the field, students will gain access to opportunities to build the skills and confidence needed to become the next generation of leaders, problem solvers, and innovators.

Challenge begins September 16, 2015.


  1. Site Water Audit - Students are asked to research and observe how a site in their community can use water more efficiently.
  2. Fresh Water in the Future - Imaging your community doubles in population over the next 25 years, how will water resources and general infrastructure be maintained.


  • A $1,000 cash prize for each member of the Grand Prize winning team
  • An invitation to the New York Academy of Sciences Junior Academy for each member of the Grand Prize winning team
  • $500 cash award for a Teacher or Advisor who worked with each winning team
  • Judges and Mentors will be given complementary membership to the New York Academy of Sciences


  • Alan Cohn, Climate Program Director, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
  • Peter Corrigan, Service Hydrologist, WFO Blacksburg, NOAA
  • Ruth Marfil-Vega, PhD, Environmental Scientist, Innovation & Environmental Stewardship, American Water
  • Eric Spring, Humanitarian Support Officer, Oxfam America