Contest alert: Make your ideas count on World Oceans Day

On June 8, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is hosting an online talk with an oceanographer to get you inspired
world oceans day World Oceans Day is Monday! (NSERC/Little Inventors)

World Oceans Day happens on June 8. Its purpose is simple and vital.

As the largest ecosystem on the planet, our oceans are the backbone of life. But from pollution and overfishing to warming due to climate change, our seas and everything in it are under threat. What we need is awareness!

Enter World Oceans Day—a day dedicated to educating ourselves about ocean life and how we can help it. So, do you have any ideas on how to help? You do?

Well then, we have a contest that we'd love to tell you about!

Mission: protect our oceans

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The Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Canadian Commission for UNESCO have teamed up with Little Inventors to put together a contest designed to help kids use their creativity to help the oceans. It's called Mission: protect the oceans!

To enter, young people across Canada must come up with ideas for inventions that could help save life in and around the oceans. Then they can submit that idea to Little Inventors through their website. The contest closes on December 20, 2020.

You don't actually have to build this invention to enter—just come up with a great idea! And if your idea is chosen, the folks at NSERC will have some of the world's best inventors and engineers make your idea a reality! Wow! That's so cool. To learn more about the contest, check out the video below.

Meet an ocean expert!

Are you interested in a career helping oceans, or tips on what you can do now to keep our oceans healthy? There is an upcoming talk that you should know about!

NSERC and Little Inventors have arranged two online talks on June 8—one in English and one in French—with oceanographer and biologist Paul Snelgrove of Memorial University. Paul is going to talk about why the ocean matters, how you can help, and how you can one day become an ocean expert, just like him!

The English talk is at 1:00pm EST, and the French talk is at 2:30pm EST. It is free, but you do need to register. To do that, click here!

Who out there is ready for an ocean of learning on Monday? So are we!

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