New Year, New Finalists

The Ocean 180 Video Challenge wasted no time in getting the year started. Less than 48 hours after the ball dropped in Times Square, we announced the 2015 Ocean 180 Video Challenge finalists and sent them off to over 2,200 middle school classrooms around the world.

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Student judges in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl prepare their evaluation of the Ocean 180 finalists

For the next two months, the Student Judging Team takes over Ocean 180. The 50,000 registered fifth, sixth, and seventh graders now get chance to view and evaluate the finalists, providing feedback and casting votes for the winning entries.

The finalists were part of a highly competitive and impressive pool of submissions and narrowing the field to the top 10 was no easy job. Each entry was reviewed by team of science and communication experts (Wave 1 Judges) who used a standardized rubric to score and rank the entries. After nearly a month of careful review, the top 10 video abstracts were revealed.

We are very excited to share the research conducted by these 10 scientists, hailing from 9 different institutions and 5 US states. The video abstracts created by the finalists represent a wide range of projects, with videos highlighting research from 6 fields of ocean science from around the US, as well as the Caribbean and South Pacific.

Best of luck to the 2015 Ocean 180 Video Challenge finalists! We would like to thank all teams who submitted video abstracts this year. It was exciting to see so many ocean science discoveries translated into fantastic stories. Our team is looking forward to seeing these scientists continue to share their research with the public and become leaders in science communication.

Not a student judge? Not a problem! You can still view the 10 finalists on our website and share them with your friends. If you have a classroom or group of students who are interested in participating, you are welcome to use our student rubric to run a voting session on your own. While we can’t accept any additional classroom registrations, you’re welcome to use the videos in your classroom, lessons, or educational programs. If you have a great program or lesson plan that incorporates Ocean 180 videos, let us know! We’d love to share your ideas with our followers and other educators around the world.

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