Conservation Hackathon

This exciting STEM event, aligned with state standards, NGSS, and STEM curricula, challenges teams of 3-5 high school students to research and understand the science behind a real-life conservation challenge, then collaborate to use technology, engineering, and math to create a working prototype of a solution.

Unlike a science fair, at a hackathon, participants work to complete their project during the event, with additional opportunities for learning on site. Several teams and schools will have the opportunity to work with professionals and test their hack.

The 2018 Conservation Hackathon challenge is: More effectively predict or determine when the endangered massasauga rattlesnakes move into and out of hibernation.

Additional information on the challenge is available at No live snakes will be present or handled
by students at any time before, during, or after the hackathon. Models, materials, and background information and experts will be available at the event.

Four Zoom webinars will be held to review event details and registration:

  • November 6: 3:15 PM-3:45 PM
  • November 8: 8:45 AM-9:15 AM
  • November 9: 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • November 13: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Additional resources, including resources for student research and evaluation categories, will be made available beginning December 1st.

Registration is now open at at
Please read the registration on Eventbrite carefully.

Questions may be directed to

Sponsors & Partners include: Allegheny IU3, Arron IU28, Beaver IU27, Carnegie Science Center, Carnegie Library of PGH, Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1), Montour School District, PA Department of Ed, Remake Learning,  Riverview IU6, Sisters eS.T.E.A.M., and Westmoreland IU7