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Ocean Awareness Essay Contest – Grades 9-12

From the Bow Seat LogoThe Massachusetts Marine Educators Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that we have partnered with From the Bow Seat to promote the Ocean Awareness Essay Contest for high school students. From the Bow Seat will award $2500 to the first prize essayist and an additional $2500 to their high school science department, so this is a tremendous opportunity for both students and teachers.

From the Bow Seat is a 64-minute non for profit educational documentary film exploring fundamental environmental issues impacting the Gulf of Maine, including depletion of cod stocks, puffin seabird restoration and sustainable lobstering. It was filmed by a family with teenagers and is geared toward educating and inspiring the younger generation to active stewardship.

For the essay contest, students are asked to watch the film and then answer one of three essay questions related to the film or to create their own question. Full details and a teacher tool kit are available at We also encourage you to "LIKE" the From the Bow Seat Facebook page to help spread the word about the contest to others.

The goals of the film are highly aligned with MME's mission and we are pleased to join Linda Cabot in her effort to engage young people in environmental discourse. As partners promoting ocean education, Linda has also made a generous donation to support the 2011 NMEA conference. We would love to see broad based support from our membership, so check out the website and encourage your students to submit an essay today.

Marine Art Contest 2011 (PDF, 1722 KB) Grades K-12

Theme: Amazing Ocean Creatures of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a marine protected area located between Cape Ann and Cape Cod at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay, is an ocean wilderness near an urban world filled with amazing marine life. A diversity of sea creatures reside in the sanctuary and the greater Gulf of Maine, ranging from tiny one-celled diatoms to enormous humpback whales. Students are encouraged to create artistic interpretations of these local species.

There are FIVE divisions in the contest – grades K-4, grades 5-8, grades 9-12, an open scientific illustration division (K-12), and an open computer graphics division (K-12) with a winner, second and third place selected from each division. Winning entries will be posted on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary web site used by the sanctuary to publicize anniversary events, and used by MME in its outreach programs. Notification and certificates will be sent to the participating teachers or individual students at their schools.
Deadline: April 28, 2010
Click here for more information (PDF, 1722 KB)
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