The Challenge targets students in the Gulf Coast region as defined by the geographic area of the Marine Technology Society Gulf Coast Section, which includes the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, as well as the panhandle of Florida. To be eligible for prize consideration, each team must provide a YouTube link to their video submission. Videos should be 5 minutes (+/- 1 minute) in length.
Cash prizes will be awarded. Winners will be announced at the OCEANS 2023 Gala on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. Need not be present to win.
Groups or individuals are asked to create a project that brings attention to the problem of plastics in our environment, with an emphasis on oceans and/or the coastal environment, carry out that project, and provide a video that outlines the project and results. The video will be judged by the OCEANS 2023 Outreach Committee Team. Examples of projects (by age/grade) include a video communicating how a team:
- K-5: Collected, identified, sorted and counted plastic trash on school property.
- 6-8: Collected trash over a period of time and graphed results, identifying percent of plastics.
- 9-12: Identified a service project related to reducing plastic waste in the community that finds its way to water sources and communicated how to reduce plastic waste.
- Community/Technical College: Developed a novel tool, incentive or method to reduce microplastics in water bodies such as a local river.