Bring the Ocean back to school in Fall 2023!

Welcome back educators and students! 

Just a few quick reminders for resources you might be interested in as you plan the school year:

1. Order your “Explorers of the Deep” kits today!

This STEM focused kit was developed by a team of educators and oceanographers in the Department of Marine Sciences and the Department of 4-H Youth Development at Rutgers University.  The kit focuses on the mysteries and adventures of ocean exploration – with ocean robots!

Activities were designed to develop observational and critical thinking skills while exploring the interconnected nature between the ocean and humans, regardless of where they live. Kids learn foundational STEM skills while they wrestle with the same questions as today’s top oceanographers and scientists.  Activities can be done all at once or individually, making the kit a great resource for classrooms, after-school programs, clubs, families and more.

4-H Explorers of the Deep STEM Challenge Kit

2. Join this international art contest: Hidden Wonders of the Deep

The Living Oceans Foundation’s 2024 Science Without Borders Challenge is now open. The theme for this year’s Challenge is “Hidden Wonders of the Deep.” It is an international art contest that invites students worldwide to showcase their creativity by depicting the mysterious and unique creatures or ecosystems found in the deep sea. Through their artwork, students will have the opportunity to highlight the beauty and diversity that often goes unnoticed in these fascinating underwater worlds. 

The Science Without Borders Challenge is open to all students worldwide who are 11-19 years old and enrolled in primary or secondary school (or the home-school equivalent). College and university students are not eligible for this contest. Work will be judged in two categories based on age, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded for each:

  • Students 11-14 years old
  • Students 15-19 years old

Students can win up to $500 in this international art contest. 

All entries must be received by Monday, March 4, 2024, to be eligible to win the contest. 

Hidden Wonders of the Deep - Science Without Borders Challenge Student Art Contest