Over 37,000 Middle Schoolers Select Film Contest Winners
1st Place (Category 2): Dolphin Research Center Blindfold Imitation Study
The Ocean 180 Video Challenge is an annual contest that encourages scientists to create and share three-minute (180-second) videos about their published ocean research. The contest is designed to inspire scientists to share the significance and relevance of their research with a bigger audience, focusing on what the research means for the non-scientific community.
Ten finalists were selected by the Wave 1 Judging team, a panel of science and communication experts. Four winners were then selected by the Student Judging Team, which was comprised of 37,795 middle school students from 1,600 classrooms in 21 countries. Each of the four winners will be awarded a portion of a $9,000 prize package to “honor their work in communicating science to the public.” The videos were judged based on creativity, message, and educational value.
The first place winner in Category 2 (entries with professional film making assistance), Dolphin Research Center Blindfold Imitation Study, is a film about imitation in the animal kingdom.
Dolphins are one of only a few species that can imitate motor actions. In a study published in the International Journal of Comparative Psychology (Blindfolded Imitation in a Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus), researchers explored whether dolphins could imitate a movement without seeing it. By blindfolding a dolphin and asking it to copy the movements of another dolphin, the researchers demonstrated that dolphins have problem-solving abilities that have never been seen outside of humans before. Watch the video to learn more.
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