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Dolphin Quest Oahu Student Stewards Contest: 2018-2019

 

Dolphin Quest has been a community education partner, welcoming school children as participants in our field trip program, for over 20 years.  Education is at the foundation of our mission to touch hearts and minds and inspire the next generation of stewards.  In this 2nd annual contest, Dolphin Quest is again reaching out to Title I schools, this time there will be two grand-prize recipients!  Students are presented with a question about a current conservation hot topic.  Submissions may take the form each classroom deems best suited to address the issue (i.e. 2-dimensional art project, video, essay, song, etc.). The winning classroom from each grade will receive an all-expense paid field trip, including transportation, to Dolphin Quest Oahu at The Kahala Hotel & Resort!

The winner will win an all-expense paid field trip to Dolphin Quest for their classroom!

2018-2019 Conservation Topics

Contest Theme – 9th Grade

Create and explain a tool to educate others about how climate change might affect the coastal ecotype of the Common Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus truncatus?

Our oceans are already experiencing the effects of climate change in melting sea ice and rising ocean temperatures.  Scientists are gathering data to better understand how climate change will impact not only dolphins but other ocean animals as well.  At Dolphin Quest, our dolphins are ambassadors for their wild counterparts.  Working with scientists, Dolphin Quest dolphins are helping to gather information that cannot be learned from wild dolphins about the impacts of climate change. 

As part of this process submissions should reflect student learning on topics such as:

How does climate change affect the ocean ecosystem?

What is an ecotype?

How is the coastal ecotype of the Common Bottlenose Dolphin different from others?

Why is it important to consider how climate change might affect the Bottlenose Dolphin?

What are scientists doing to evaluate how climate change is affecting ocean animals?

Contest Theme – 3rd Grade

Create and explain a tool to educate others about how ‘buying local’ helps the largest mammal on earth.

In Hawaii we all know about the 3 R’s and that trash does not belong in the ocean.  Have you ever thought about how the things we use, that later become trash, get to Hawaii?  The ocean voyage that toys, food and books make to get to Hawaii has an impact even before they become trash.

As part of this process submissions should reflect student learning on topics such as:

Natural history of the largest mammal on Earth.

What does it mean to ‘buy local’?

What are advantages/disadvantages to buying local vs importing?

What are the impacts of importing goods via the ocean in general, and more specifically, on the blue whale?


Who Can Enter | How to Enter | Rules for Submission & Deadline | What You Can Win

Who Can Enter

In the 2018-19 school year, the contest is offered to 9th & 3rd grade students enrolled in Title I schools on Oahu.  Only one entry per classroom will be accepted – prizes are awarded per classroom.  All students in the class are expected to participate in the final project being submitted.


How to Enter

Send an email, no later than October 21, 2017 with the following information to [email protected]

  • School Name
  • School Mailing Address
  • Teacher Name
  • Teacher email & phone number
  • Number of students in class
  • Type of submission

Submit your project no later than January 25, 2019.


Rules for Submission & Deadline

Solutions come in many forms and students are encouraged to think outside the box for their submission. As such we have chosen not to limit submissions to a single type such as an essay or photo contest. Each submission must be made available to judges either via email or USPS. For example, essays & videos can be submitted via email; large art projects such as posters can be mailed or dropped off at Dolphin Quest.

Submissions will be rated on the following criteria on a 3-point scale:

  • Creativity – How creative the submission is in relation to the issue
  • Originality – Has it been tried before or is it innovative
  • Quality – Craftsmanship of the entry regarding the type
  • Relevance – How well the solution addresses the question
  • Participation – Did the project involve all students in the classroom

Submission Deadline: January 25, 2019

Mail to:

Dolphin Quest Oahu 

ATTN:  Michelle Benedict

5000 Kahala Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96816

Drop-off in person to Dolphin Quest at The Kahala Hotel & Resort:

ATTN:  Michelle Benedict

Dolphin Quest kiosk (daily 9:00am – 4:00pm)

Located between the waterfall and swimming pool at The Kahala Hotel & Resort

Email to: [email protected]


What You Can Win

Grand Prize
One classroom from each grade level will win an all-expense paid (bus fare & field trip cost) “Ocean Adventure” field trip to Dolphin Quest.  Field trip to be scheduled between Feb 7 – May 24, 2019.

Runner Up Prize

One classroom from each grade will win their choice of a complimentary “Ocean Adventure” field trip to Dolphin Quest Oahu at The Kahala Hotel & Resort (transportation is ON OWN) OR “Distance Learning” program

All participating classrooms will receive a Thank You gift for participating.

  • All submissions become the property of Dolphin Quest.
  • Acceptance of prizes constitutes consent to use of winning classroom & school name, entry and photos taken during the field trip for advertising and publicity purposes.

All participating classrooms will receive a consolation prize. Winners will be announced February 6, 2019.

All submissions become the property of Dolphin Quest. Acceptance of prizes constitutes consent to use winning classroom & school name, entry and photos taken during the field trip for advertising and publicity purposes.

For further information contact: [email protected]