352 Pins…and Counting

Is your pin on the map yet? There are currently 352 small pins dotting our map of the world. Each marks one school which is now part of the 2015 Ocean 180 Student Judging Team and while it looks crowded, there’s still room for more! With pins located in all 50 US states, DC, the US Virgin…

Comments from the Classroom

Ten weeks ago, Ocean 180 opened classroom registration for teachers around the world and the response has been nothing short of incredible. Since July, 227 teachers have added nearly 1,000 classrooms and more than 22,000 middle school students to our judging team. These students will be responsible for viewing and evaluating the top 10 video abstracts, searching…

The NMEA Three

What’s it like to spend a week surrounded by a few hundred marine science educators from around the world? Amazing. Last week, the Ocean 180 team was at the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Meeting in Annapolis, MD. Since wrapping up the conference, I’ve been struggling to find a way to sum up the experience. Feeling a bit…

Making Science Relevant

If classroom teaching taught me anything, it was the importance of hooking your audience. Teaching science to a crowd of (very judgmental) 11 year olds is an exhausting endeavor. Their attention is directly correlated to how exciting you make the subject to them. You’re competing with a million different distractions in the classroom, so you…