Ocean Challenge FAQs

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  1. How long is the Ocean Challenge?
  2. Who are the Ocean Challenge Partners?
  3. What will the Ocean Challenge fund?
  4. Why is the Challenge creative 'call-to-action' to make sea creatures?
  5. Can we make sea creatures, keep them, and still have them count for the Ocean Challenge?
  6. How will making sea creatures provide funding for ocean conservation and coastal communities? Who provides the money?
  7. What happens to the sea creatures I mail in?
  8. Can I buy some type of sea creature to send in instead of making it?
  9. Can I make more than one sea creature?
  10. What is the deadline to submit sea creatures?
  11. How do I submit my team's art?
  12. What if I live outside of the United States?
  13. What if we have a limited budget? Do we still have to mail in our sea creatures?

How long is the Ocean Challenge?

The Ocean Challenge launches on September 25, 2018, and ends June 8, 2019: World Oceans Day! You can join the Challenge and submit art throughout this period.

Who are the Ocean Challenge Partners?

The Nature Conservancy, Ocean Collectiv, and Global Nomads Group are our partners for the Ocean Challenge. Learn more about each partner below:

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands, waters, and the ocean on which all life depends. Guided by science, they create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. They are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters, and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, they use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.

Ocean Collectiv

Ocean Collectiv creates and amplifies solutions for a healthy ocean. In collaboration with experts, Ocean Collectiv advances ocean sustainability conservation solutions grounded in social justice. They provide fresh ideas on policy, science, and commerce. Collectively, their work builds public, corporate, and political will for using the ocean without using it up. 

Global Nomads Group

Global Nomads Group (GNG) fosters dialogue and understanding among the world's youth. By leveraging technology, GNG enables connections between middle and high school students to build a generation of global citizens who are empathetic, aware, and inspired to take action. 

What will the Ocean Challenge fund?

Our partners at The Nature Conservancy and Ocean Collectiv will receive funding to provide and support conservation-related education, job training, and other programming to strengthen coastal communities in The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and additional maritime nations. The programs are expected to reach over 3,500 youth. The funding that students generate through the Oceans\ Challenge will be used to support youth-focused, science-based programs aimed at developing a new generation of citizen-conservationists who can help restore the ocean to health.

Why is the Challenge creative 'call-to-action' to make sea creatures?

Because the ocean sustains us and it’s time to return the favor! Our ocean is teeming with life. Its ecosystem includes the world’s smallest organisms and largest living structure—the Great Barrier Reef—and everything in between. 

So, this year, we’re inviting students to create sea creatures that capture their imagination! Upcycled and recycled paper products are encouraged, as are three-dimensional paper creatures that help bring the animals to life. The complexity of these animals can vary based on your students’ ages and abilities. The artwork can be as diverse as the sea itself.

Can we make sea creatures, keep them, and still have them count for the Ocean Challenge?

Yes! This is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and do something locally with your art. Just submit a photo of your artwork to Students Rebuild through our website submission form. We hope you also consider creating your own ocean art display in your local community to raise environmental awareness!

How will making sea creatures provide funding for ocean conservation and coastal communities? Who provides the money?

Students Rebuild is a program of the Bezos Family Foundation. Our Challenges work by asking young people to learn, connect, and take action on critical global issues. Once they understand the Challenge topic, we ask youth to create symbolic objects which the Foundation matches with funding for a good cause. Not every young person has the means or opportunity to raise funds, so we ask them to show they care by creating symbols that express their care and concern. This approach allows young people of all backgrounds and in almost any country to take action on critical global issues.

What happens to the sea creatures I mail in?

Once we receive your sea creatures, we’ll ensure they’re each counted and matched with $2—up to $500,000—to support conservation-related education and job skill programs for coastal youth.

At the end of the Challenge, we'll work with artists to incorporate the student-submitted art into a special exhibit that will further promote the urgent need for ocean conservation.

Can I buy some type of sea creature to send in instead of making it?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept or match ocean art with funding unless it is handmade. We require that students work with their hands on the “call to action” item because we wholeheartedly believe in the Carl Wilkens quote: “When you make something with your hands, it changes the way you feel, which changes the way you think, which changes the way you act.” We're hopeful that as Challenge participants work on their sea creatures, they will be prompted to reflect on what they can do in their own lives to positively impact the ocean.

Can I make more than one sea creature?

Yes! You can make as many sea creatures as you like! While many of our teams set stretch goals for the number of pieces of art they produce, we ask that they are intentional and thoughtful in the process of crafting each one.

What is the deadline to submit sea creatures?

The Ocean Challenge deadline is June 8, 2019: World Oceans Day! You can join the Challenge and submit art throughout this period.

How do I submit my team's art?

*Note: Submissions will open in November*

Go to www.studentsrebuild.org/submit. You will be asked to enter the email you registered your team with, the number of art pieces that your team created, and the number of youth that participated on your team. This information helps us make sure your submission gets attributed to the right team. This should take less than 1 minute!

After filling out your submission form, click to print a mailing slip that can be included in your package. If you don’t have access to a printer, write down the information on a piece of paper to include in your package.

Place the slip in the package and mail it postmarked by June 8th, 2019:

Students Rebuild
2400 1st Ave South #336
Seattle, WA 98134

What if I live outside of the United States?

If you live outside of the United States and the cost of international shipping is too costly, please feel free to submit digitally!   *Note: Submissions will open in November*

What if we have a limited budget? Do we still have to mail in our sea creatures?

We don’t want any team to avoid participating in Students Rebuild Challenges due to the costs of shipping. If financial constraints and / or mailing costs are preventing you from sending in your portraits, please submit them digitally!

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