2018 Ocean 180 Video Challenge

I am writing to invite teachers of the Manitoba Science Teacher Association to participate in the 2018 Ocean 180 Video Challenge (www.ocean180.org), an international video contest designed to encourage ocean scientists to share their discoveries and excitement for research with middle school students and the public. The contest is sponsored by the Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) and the US National Science Foundation.

Ocean scientists will submit 180-second videos highlighting the key findings and relevance of a recent research study. Middle school students, the target audience, will play a key role ­ they will screen the top finalists and select the winners.  Registered classrooms will screen and evaluate the videos beginning April 8,2018.  All votes are due by May 4, 2018.

How do teachers register their classrooms?

Online classroom registration is available at http://www.ocean180.org.  Please register by March 30, 2018.

What is required to participate?

Students in registered classrooms are asked to view and evaluate the top video finalists, select their three favorite entries as a class, and enter their votes online. The videos may be watched in a single class period or over several days during the screening period (April 8  ­ May 4, 2018). A sample rubric for evaluating the films is available on the Ocean 180 website at www.ocean180.org.  Teachers are free to integrate the films into their curriculum in any way they wish; we only request that students view and judge all finalists as a class.


Contest rules and guidelines, entry forms, and additional information about the Ocean 180 Video Challenge are available at www.ocean180.org. Inquiries and questions should be directed to info@ocean180.org.


Please share this announcement with teachers and educators in your network.  We invite you to follow Ocean 180 for the latest news and updates on Twitter @Ocean180Video and on Facebook at ³Ocean 180 Video Challenge².


Best regards,


Rick Tankersley and the Ocean 180 Team