The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is excited to announce that our Science Without Borders® Challenge is now open! This annual art contest inspires students from all over the world to be creative while learning about important ocean science and conservation issues.
Throughout the history of our planet, there have been five mass extinctions. Scientists believe that we are now in what is termed “the sixth mass extinction.” Humans have been altering the Earth’s environment as far back as the hunters and gatherers. These actions have negatively impacted the environment in many ways, including over-exploiting natural resources, destroying habitats, changing the climate, polluting, introducing invasive species, and causing diseases. These human threats have led to an increased rate of extinction and the cause of many more species becoming endangered.
For this year’s contest, students can help create awareness about endangered species in the ocean. To enter the contest, students should create a piece of artwork that highlights the beauty and importance of a marine species that is on the brink of extinction. The Foundation has compiled information to help students learn about the theme and gain understanding of a species risk of extinction. This includes information on how to look up species listed as endangered or critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The 2023 Science Without Borders® Challenge is open to all students who are 11-19 years old and enrolled in primary or secondary school (or the home-school equivalent). Students with winning entries in each category can win prizes of up to $500. Entries must be received by Monday, March 6, to be eligible to win.
Learn more at lof.org/SWBChallenge.