WHOI Social Media Contests Focus on Ocean

COURTESY OF WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION The R/V Neil Armstrong will be operated by WHOI after it arrives early in 2016.

COURTESY OF WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION

WOODS HOLE – The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is encouraging people to think about how the ocean affects our lives with two social media contests that are running through the end of February.

The contests are part of a celebration this spring to welcome the country’s newest research vessel, the R/V Neil Armstrong, to its Woods Hole homeport.

The Youtube video contest, #SpeakForTheOcean, asks students ages 13 to 18 to produce a video expressing their ideas about the ocean by answering the question, “If the ocean could speak, what would it say?”

The second contest, through Facebook, is for anyone 18 years or older and is inspired by Armstrong’s famous words when he set foot on the moon. #OneGiantLeap challenges participants to come up with ideas for how humans can be better stewards of the ocean through words, photos, videos or songs.

Grand prize winners will win a trip to Woods Hole to participate in the celebration of R/V Neil Armstrong’s arrival, including a behind the scenes tour of the ship and WHOI.

Contest rules and entries can be found at whoi.edu/GetOnBoard. The entry deadline for both contests is Monday, February 29.

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