The Youth Making Ripples team is looking forward to a 2nd year of great films submitted by students from across the country.
Our efforts to raise ocean awareness, inspire others through public events, and create content rely on the generosity of and support of individuals, groups, and organizations. Our goal this year is to start a scholarship fund for our program. Make a tax-deductible donation today and support ocean education.
Finally - In honor of shark week - Check out our interview with shark biologist Dr. Simon Pierce.
Parents, students, educators, friends, and colleagues - Our campaign for year 2 of Youth Making Ripples is underway and submissions are open! We need your support again to make this year just as successful as our inaugural year.
In our first year we received 110 submission from across the country, some of our finalist's films debuted in the European Union, we recently secured sponsorship from Scuba Pro, and the film created by the winners of our middle school category played a pivotal role in passing legislation to reduce nutrient runoff in Brevard County, Florida. We want to offer the same opportunities to the students in this years competition.
Donations will help defray the cost of hosting the festival, support 1st place prizes, and help us get 21st century technology into K-12 classrooms. We are also in the process of launching a scholarship program for Youth Making Ripples participants.
Every dollar goes a long way! Please help us reach our goals in year 2!
Check out our new radio promotion that aired on NPR yesterday!
We can't believe the event is less than 5 days away!
New Radio Interview Youth Making Ripples
We are grateful for all of the support we've received so far for Youth Making Ripples! Your generous donations are going to help us make the premiere of this year's festival on January 18th very special for the students.
We received so many great films this year that it was very tough to narrow them down, but we are ready to announce this year's finalists. This is the final line-up for the premiere:
1. Beach Clean-up by Brevard Zoo Teen Conservation Team
2. Law and Order: Oceanic Crime Unit by Evan Glauberman
3. In the Mangrove Forest by The 3rd Grade Students at West Melbourne School for Science
4. Water Pollution Video by Greg Johnson, Holly Rogers, Michaela Stewart, and Kirsten Stewart
5. Algae Blooms in the Indian River Lagoon by Pooja Shah, Anna Osborne, and Emma Welman
6. Development and Destruction by Ellen Straub, Brooke Bayer, and Katie Braun
7. Dolphin Deaths by Kumar Sampson and Sammy Lane
8. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye: Turtle Edition by Jordyn Hall, Erica Sheets, Emily Bennett
9. What Do You See? by Cori McWilliams
10. Ghost Fishing by Dean Otto and Ty Yeaton
11. Cruise Ships by Megan Mackool
12. Shipwrecked by Hannah Vance and Bailey Anderson
13. Bob the Bag by Grace Carberry
14. The Pacific Mole Crabs by Michele Gee and Evan Isackson
15. Ripples by Zack Katz and Jade Sparks
16. The Ocean by Alex Cooper
17. Black Muck in the Indian River Lagoon by Tian Snyman
Congratulations to all the filmmakers who submitted a film!
Today we sent out our finalists for "Best Scientific Message" to our panel of scientific judges...we're just days away from announcing the final line-up for the festival!
Keep spreading the word!
We're just under two weeks away from the film festival! We're narrowing down the entries and will be announcing the line-up later this week!
Keep spreading the word and make a donation if you can :)
We have films from Kindergartners all the way to High School seniors for this year's Youth Making Ripples competition!
The breakdown is:
-4 elementary school
-36 middle school
-66 high school
We've been going through all of them the last couple weeks and we definitely have some really great films to show in January!
The films are all out for pre-screening and we'll be announcing our finalists at the beginning of next year!
This was the first year of the Beneath the Waves-Youth Making Ripples competition and we received 106 entries! 90% came from 5 cities around Florida (see the picture below!)
We even received 10 entries from San Francisco and one from Colorado!
Cities in Florida where films came from
Check out the radio spot we recorded last week for the local NPR station to promote the Youth Making Ripples festival!
NPR Radio spot to promote the festiva
We have a final count: 106 films!!! Check out these screenshots for a preview :)
We're in the processes of sending the films out to our pre-screening panel to narrow down the finalists for the competition. Please keep spreading the word!
Students in California study mole crabs
A beach cleanup in Melbourne, Fl
A artistic film made by 6th graders
We have 103 films so far!...still a few local entries trickling in. Keep spreading the word!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far! Your generous donations will help young scientists-in-training like this one make their voices heard! Keep spreading the word!
A scientist in training at our film fest
Check out our new trailer for Youth Making Ripples!
Youth Making Ripples trailer
Thanks again to everyone who has made a donation so far. We're 5% of the way to our goal, but we still have a long way to go. Keep spreading the word!
We're up to 89 films! Expecting about 20 more by the end of the week!!
Check out our amazing new logo for Youth Making Ripples designed by a local artist!
Youth Making Ripples logo!
The entries are flooding in from across the country for the first Youth Making Ripples competition! We'll should have a final count later this week :)
Thanks for all the support so far! We're now 2% of the way towards our goal, but every little bit helps!
Learning about waves at film festival
Making Ripples Initiative
The Beneath the WavesTM
Youth Making Ripples Film Competition ( www.beneaththewavesfilmfest.org/youth-making-ripples/
is an opportunity for K"“12 students to use their creative talents and serve as
a voice for our oceans. The aim of the Beneath the Waves"“Youth
Making Ripples film festival and competition is to educate K"“12 students about
the importance of scientific research related to ocean and coastal communities.
We are challenging educators and students to incorporate 21st
century technology (film) into their curriculum by adopting a hands-on approach
to marine science education. Students can submit short films (<5 min) on any
marine-science topic of their choice and the finalists' work will premiere at the
flagship Beneath the WavesTM
Youth Making Ripples Film Festival in
This is the inaugural
year for our Beneath the WavesTM
Youth Making Ripples initiative, and
we have already received submissions from K"“12 students from across
. The films are due December 1st
are anticipating over 100 submissions
! The incredible response to the inaugural year of the Youth Making
Ripples film festival and competition demonstrates the need for such a program
in K"“12 classrooms not only to facilitate teaching but to also engage students
in cooperative, interactive, hands on learning opportunities.We are requesting funding to award prizes to the winners of the 2013"“2014 competition and to promote further development of the Youth Making Ripples Initiative. How
we will use your donations
The response to the
inaugural Youth Making Ripples competition has been overwhelmingly positive. We
never expected that our program would become a national competition in only
five months! We have secured donations (movie tickets, local zoo passes,
restaurant gift certificates) from a variety of local businesses; however, such
contributions will not benefit students submitting films from out of state. We
are, therefore, requesting donations to purchase prizes for the now national Beneath the WavesTM
Making Ripples film competition. Winning films will be decided
based on the following criteria: 1) best scientific message as determined by a
panel of scientific judges (1st
, and 3rd
place), and 2) viewer choice award based on audience votes during the film
festival. We hope to purchase film equipment for the 3rd
viewers' choice award winners. The first and second place winners will receive
to support higher education.
We also hope to enter
the winning films in our parent film festival, Beneath the Waves ( www.beneaththewavesfilmfest.org
which occurs worldwide throughout the year. A portion of your donations will be
used to defray travel costs for the winners to see their films debut to international
audiences at the premiere Beneath the WavesTM
Film Festival held at
the National Benthic Ecology Meeting that in March 2014. We also have an
agreement to show the winning films internationally through the Marlisco Project ( http://www.marlisco.eu/
an international film festival in the European Union.Check out the trailer to see where we've been this year!
Finally, we plan to use
a significant portion of the donations to provide support for the Youth Making
Ripples Initiative in the coming years. One way we can accomplish this goal is to
help educators incorporate 21st
century technology into curricula.
Since many teachers operate on limited budgets, the Youth Making Ripples
program will use your contributions to purchase a set of versatile GoPro cameras
which will be loaned out to educators to help facilitate their student's films.
The remaining $1500 will be invested in Beneath the Waves, Inc. to ensure the sustainability
of Beneath the WavesTM
Youth Making Ripples competition in the years
to come.Project Budget
Beneath the WavesTM, Inc.
is in its fifth year of production and has showcased hundreds of short films
from students, scientists, and professional film makers at festivals around the
world. The aim of Beneath the WavesTM, Inc. is to actively educate the
public about marine science and conservation issues by hosting interactive and
informative film screenings. The Beneath the WavesTM Youth Making
Ripples program is run completely by graduate students and post-doctoral
researchers in the marine sciences, all of whom share the common goal of
promoting hands-on, inquiry-based learning through filmmaking. We believe that
film can serve as an engaging communication and outreach platform to educate
K"“12 audiences about the importance of marine related issues.
The co-founders of the Beneath
the WavesTM Youth Making Ripples film festival and competition are marine
science doctoral student Philip Gravinese and postdoctoral researcher Dr.
Lauren Toth. Both have an extensive experience in education and outreach at the
K"“12 level. Gravinese and Toth have a combined experience of 10 years teaching
laboratory biology courses as teaching assistants at Florida Tech. Dr. Toth has
experience as a marine science summer camp instructor for middle and high
school students, and has co-taught study abroad field courses. Prior to
enrollment in his Ph.D. program, Gravinese was an instructor within Brevard
County high schools for 5 years and served as an adjunct professor at Florida's
Eastern State College. He also participated in a fellowship that was part of a
National Science Foundation K"“12 outreach program which partnered graduate
students with teachers to create and implement inquiry based lessons based on
their research. Gravinese received K"“12 classroom experience, management and
teaching pedagogy training as part of a National Science Foundation K"“12
inquiry teaching outreach program. Gravinese's and Toth's experiences as educators
in formal and informal settings will provide the scaffolding necessary to make the
Beneath the Waves"“Youth Making Ripples a successful program for K"“12 educators
and students nationwide.
Toth and Gravinese also
have experience with creating films based on the broader impacts of scientific
research. Their film, "A Mucky Future for
the Indian River Lagoon" was accepted to the Beneath the Waves 2013 Film
Festival and debuted to international audiences in March 2013. They also
organized a two-day Beneath the WavesTM festival at Florida Tech in
October of 2013. Additionally, Toth has an undergraduate degree in film
production from the University of Miami.