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New Zealand Science Teacher

Science Curriculum/Scientific Literacy

Get inspired by the Ocean 180 Video Challenge

Kiwi students and teachers are invited to take part in an international science communication initiative.

The Ocean 180 Video Challenge is all about science communication.

The programme challenges marine scientists to share their research with school students by submitting three-minute videos explaining their study.

Participating classrooms around the world will then watch the videos and decide on their favourite entries, ultimately selecting the top three videos.

High-level research and the school classroom don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and the Ocean 180 challenge aims to inspire young minds by explaining the meaning and implications of authentic science.

The initiative also encourages research scientists to find the story in their work and improve their science communication skills.

Funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), and now entering its second year, New Zealand teachers and students are invited to take part in this second round of the video challenge.

Registration is free and will be open until December 1, 2014. To register, click here.

All registered classrooms are asked to view and evaluate the top 10 videos during the judging period (January 2 to February 6, 2015). A rubric will be provided for students to use in judging the films, as well as instructions for submitting votes once registration closes. Films may be incorporated into the classroom in any way the teacher wishes.

Teachers who participated last year offered their suggestions for integrating Ocean 180 into the classroom. These can be found here.

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