The Professor Mário Ruivo Prize will be awarded to a team of young people, aged 11-16 years old, for an original project on the theme: “Your Ocean, Your Future”. This can be achieved by designing a novel research project, implementing a community scheme, investigating a topical subject through the popular media, etc. that supports the Blue Society Principles (see www.bluesociety.org).
The Professor Mário Ruivo Prize will help you put your ideas into action by supporting the development of a project that will improve how humans interact with the ocean: this can be a social experiment, an invention, a research project, etc. This Prize is intended to raise public awareness on the importance of the Ocean and Ocean-related services to humankind.
We are looking for ambitious, bright ideas from Europe’s youth, for a project or a study that can bring about real change in their communities.
One such idea might be to organize an art exhibition showing the kind of litter found in the sea and its effect of marine wildlife in order to raise awareness amongst the public. Perhaps the pupils want to launch a campaign to inform the public about which kind of seafood is the most sustainable and how to make the most of these resources. Maybe, during the summer holidays, children can take advantage of time on the beach to create a beach summer school, where they carry out classes on the beach to learn about the animals that live on the shore and to understand the impacts beachgoers can have on them and their survival?
The possibilities are really endless!
The contest will run over a series of phases:
Envision It (01 October 2015 – 08 April 2016):
Entrants will conceive the project they wish to undertake within the scope of the Prize theme. A maximum of ten teams per country will be eligible, so you need to convince the selection panel why your project idea is one of the best to represent your country. During this phase potential entrants will register via the online survey, briefly describe their project and why it should be selected. Eligibility criteria are outlined below in “The Small Print”.
Plan It (09 April 2016 – 31 May2016):
The selected entrants from each country will be informed and invited to prepare a proposal for how they will execute their idea. The proposal should be described and presented by using creative means to communicate the idea. This could involve the use of multimedia tools such as short videos (max. 2 mins), prezis, e-zines, powerpoint presentations, etc.
Sell It (01 June 2016- 30 June 2016):
With their proposals selected entrants will try to persuade the Jury to fund their project by providing a convincing reason why their idea is worthwhile. During this phase the Jury will evaluate the proposals and three teams will be selected to advance to the final stage.
Do It (01 July 2016 – 31 October 2016):
The three selected teams will compete against each other in executing their project. The team deemed to have been most successful in carrying out their plan will be selected as the overall Prize winner.
The challenge is really to dream, and to dream big…
How to get involved…
The first step in taking part in the Professor Mário Ruivo Prize contest is to register your team. You can do this via a short online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W3HMTRB.
Keep informed as the "Envision IT" phase evolves by visiting the EurOcean website for further news and information, available on the Professor Mário Ruivo Prize webpage.
A full description of the Contest, together with the Rules and Regulations, can be downloaded here.
If you have any doubts or questions just drop an email to Sandra and Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org.