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 instructdion, 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!

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 Advice for Teachers, from Teachers

Following each Challenge, we teachers to share some of their advice for new/future 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.

 Education Standards

Often teachers use Ocean 180 Videos and the judging/evaluation process 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 challenges, we are able to share some of the standards they met using the Ocean 180 video abstracts as well as their lesson plans.

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.

 NRMS13Careers in Ocean Science

Ocean 180 videos often depict scientists conducting research in locations all over the world.  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 to help you students evaluate and select their favorite videos, you are not required to use it. Many teachers modified the rubric to meet their individual needs. Below are some examples of modified rubrics used by teachers from around the country.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



By the Numbers

Over 40,000 students in 50 US states, the US Virgin Islands, and 25 countries participated as judges in the 2016 Ocean 180 Video Challenge.