Ocean scientists are conducting exciting and groundbreaking research that addresses many of world’s greatest challenges. Yet, far too often the importance, meaning and implications of their discoveries are never shared with non-scientists. Recognizing the need for scientists to communicate more effectively with the general public, the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE Florida) saw an opportunity to connect the two through film.
Ocean 180 Video Challenge aims to engage non-scientists and students in timely and relevant ocean science research while inspiring scientists to effectively share their discoveries and excitement for research with the public. Our goal is to broaden the reach of scientific knowledge by providing educational opportunities for students and enhancing the communication skills of ocean scientists.
The goals of Ocean 180 are to
1) Turn Discoveries into Stories: To provide an opportunity for ocean scientists to practice their communication skills, using film to bring research to life.
2) Change the Culture of Science Presentation: To encourage scientists to explore new ways to make their research discoveries accessible to a broad, non-scientific audience.
3) Reverse Perceptions of Science: To expose scientists, educators, and students to a new side of science, exploring the important role each play in teaching, learning, and discovery, while at the same time changing the public’s perception of scientists.
4) Connect the Classroom to Science Discoveries:To improve ocean literacy and stimulate students’ (especially middle-grades) interest in ocean science-related careers.