4/8/13

IISG-funded contest raises Asian carp awareness with student art

Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in an art contest designed to raise awareness about Asian carp. The contest is one part of outreach efforts employed by Marcelo Garcia, director at the Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory, and his team to train people on how to use their modeling tool, as well as educate legislators and the general public about the importance of preventing Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. 

Students are asked to submit an original drawing of their idea of how Lake Michigan could be protected from the invasive species. Winning students (one each from grade groups K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) will each receive an Amazon Kindle Fire. 

University of Illinois researchers, with help from USGS and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, are developing the decision-making tool to prevent, manage, and control Asian carp populations in tributary waterways. The tool, FluEgg, would provide decision makers with information about how best to prevent the spread of these fish into Lake Michigan. By simulating the transport and flow of the species’ eggs through various water bodies, prevention methods can be theorized, tested, and improved before implementation, providing planners with more information about what may or may not work for their specific needs. 

Garcia, principal investigator on the project, was excited about the contest and the outreach portions of the project. “Thanks to the support of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant we have been able to disseminate the advantages of computational modeling to predict the transport and fate of Asian carp eggs in rivers and streams," he said.

Follow the link for complete contest details (PDF). Deadline for entries is Monday, April 15.

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