The Ocean 180 Video Challenge (www.ocean180.org) is entering its third year, offering opportunities for ocean scientists to demonstrate their communication skills and connect with classrooms around the world. We would like to invite scientists and educators affiliated with C-IMAGE I/ C-IMAGE II to participate.
Sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE Florida) and funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation, Ocean 180 challenges scientists to create short (3 minute) video abstracts that effectively communicate the meaning, significance, and relevance of published research to general, non-scientific audiences.
Scientists of all career stages, undergraduates to senior scientists, are eligible to participate and compete for $9,000 in cash prizes.
Entries are initially evaluated by a team of science and communication experts to determine the top ten finalists, but the winners are selected by student judges from 6th-8th grade classrooms around the world. Last year's finalists were viewed and judged by over 35,000 students in 21 countries. Teachers are encouraged to visit the competition website (www.ocean180.org) to register their classes to participate.
This year’s finalists will also be showcased at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans. Competition winners will be announced at the meeting on February 23, 2016. This is a fantastic opportunity for scientists to broaden the impact and raise the profile of their research while practicing their communication skills.