• Emily B., Grade 8, Pennsylvania
    Emily B., Grade 8, Pennsylvania
  • Lexy F., Grade 3, Texas
    Lexy F., Grade 3, Texas
  • Natalie B., Grade 7, California
    Natalie B., Grade 7, California
  • Kameaheleikealapono S., Grade 2, Hawaii
    Kameaheleikealapono S., Grade 2, Hawaii

K-8 students are invited to submit original and inspiring artwork to raise awareness about marine debris.

About the Art Contest

The NOAA Marine Debris Program wants your help to raise awareness about the global problem of marine debris. They’re looking for original and inspiring artwork from students around the country to feature in the annual Marine Debris Program calendar. So grab your art supplies, be creative, and show them how marine debris impacts the ocean and the Great Lakes environment and what you are doing to help prevent marine debris.

Eligibility- All students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade from all U.S. states and territories enrolled in recognized public, private, and home schools are eligible to participate. Schools, including home schools, must be in compliance with federal and state civil rights and nondiscrimination statutes. Students must work individually.  Each entry must be composed of a piece of artwork and a description (on the entry form). 

All entries must be submitted via mail (postmarked) no later than Thursday, November 30th.  Contest rules and entry forms can be found here.



What Can You Do About Marine Debris?

Stop Plastic Trash

How is plastic pollution impacting our oceans, and what can we do about it?  Learn more in this Flipside Science video, Preventing Plastic Pollution.  If you're using this video in your classroom as part of a marine debris unit, check out the associated math and science classroom activities.  Learn how to carrying out your own marine debris investigation or engage your students in reflecting on the issue of marine debris through the lens of various NGSS Crosscutting Concepts.



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