Resources for Teachers

Interested in registering your class for the Ocean 180 Video Challenge, but concerned about fitting the project into your lesson plans? While programs like Ocean 180 can be a great addition to classroom learning, we know that teachers around the world are balancing packed schedules and curriculum needs. Below, we've compiled some information from past participating teachers as well as educational standards they were able to meet through their participating. We hope this will help you to bring Ocean 180 into your classroom and join our student juding team in 2015!

If you participated in the 2014 Ocean 180 Video Challenge and have advice, lesson plans, or tips to share, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Advice for Teachers, from Teachers

During the 2014 Ocean 180 Video Challenge, we had over 360 teachers lead their students in viewing and evaluating the top 10 finalists, submitting over 1,400 ballots to help determine the winners. Following the Challenge, we asked them to share some of their advice for new teachers, as well as their tips and tricks for integrating Ocean 180 into their classroom. Click here to see suggestions from teachers who previously participated in the Ocean 180 Video Challenge.


Anderson20 - CopyEducation Standards

After the 2014 Ocean 180 Video Challenge, over 50% of teachers told us they were able to use Ocean 180 Videos and judging to meet educational standards, ranging from Common Core to Next Generation Science Standards and International Baccalaureate. Thanks to several teachers who participated in the past, we are able to share some of the standards they met using the Ocean 180 video abstracts as well as their lesson plans.

Although your classroom will be viewing 10 video abstracts highlighting ocean science research, we won't know the specific research or topics covered in the videos until the top 10 are announced on January 2nd. While the finalists may not address a topic in science you will be covering this year, we hope you'll be able to use the finalist's videos to spark discussion about the nature of science, careers, or technology. Click here to see a few of the standards teachers were able to meet using Ocean 180 videos in their classroom in past years.


Careers in Ocean Science

Ocean 180 scientists are able to share exciting research and career opportunities in the video abstracts. But how do you become an ocean scientist? We've compiled a list of some of our favorite resources to help you and your students learn more about pursuing a career in ocean science. Click here to learn more!

Lesson Plans

Teachers who previously participated in Ocean 180 have generously offered to share their lesson plans with us. Please feel free to use or modify these plans to help enhance your classroom's experience. Do you have an Ocean 180 lesson plan you would like to share? Let us know and send your materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Student Judging Rubrics

While we provide a rubric that you and your students may use in the voting process, you are not required to use the rubric or keep it in the same format. Many teachers modified the rubric to maximize space, insert into Google forms, to simplify the information, or to make it more applicable to their classroom. Below are examples of how teachers altered the rubric for use in their classrooms.

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NRMS132015 Modified Rubric- Mr. Snow, St. Paul's Academy in Bellingham, WA

2015 Modified Rubric- Ms. Schultz, Sebastian River Middle School in Sebastian, FL

2015 Modified Rubric- Ms. Keener, Mills Park Middle School in Cary, NC

2015 Modified Rubric- Ms. Francis, Superior Middle School in Superior, WI

2015 Modfied Rubric- Darcy Cohen, Morton Middle School in Fall River, MA

2014 Modified Rubric- Mrs. DuBois and Mrs. Johnson, Dr. David Anderson Middle School in Stuart, FL

2014 Modified Rubric- Mr. Simpson, Dan Savage Middle School in Modesto, CA

2014 Modified Rubric- Ms. Morrow, Coastal Academy in Oceanside, CA



By the Numbers

37,795 students in 50 US states, the US Virgin Islands, and 21 countries participated as judges in the 2015 Ocean 180 Video Challenge.

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