How it Works

Making a connection between science in the classroom and science as a career is not always simple. By participating in the Ocean 180 Video Challenge, you have the opportunity to bring research and scientists into your class, hopefully exposing a new generation of budding scientists to an exciting field. 

Scientists competing in Ocean 180 will be submitting a 3 minute (180 second) video summarizing recently published ocean science research. A team of experts will narrow the field to the top 10 for final voting, and that's where your classroom comes in.NRMS2 - Copy

Registered middle school classrooms will be able to view the top 10 video abstracts. Each classroom will be able to select their top 3 videos and cast their votes through our online form. Teachers may register up to 8 classrooms total. Winning videos, as selected by registered classrooms, will recieve a prize. All participating classrooms are eligible to participate in the post-contest Student-Scientist Summit.

By participating in the judging of videos, your class will have an opportunity to see the application of science beyond their classroom and textbooks, and see how scientists from around the world use it to learn and explore. Ocean 180 can bring some of the most exciting research out of journals and articles, and into your classroom.

Interested in joining Ocean 180?

Classroom registration for the 2016 Challenge will open in August 2015. If you have any questions, or would like to be notified when registration is open, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bringing ocean science into the classroom

Teachers who previously participated with Ocean 180 have shared their tips and suggestions for incorporating the program into their classroom, which can be found in our resources for teachers. We encourage educators to explore additional opportunities available through the COSEE Florida and the Ocean Literacy Principles to help translate ocean science into effective educational tool. 

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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