Students Invited to Help Design a Greener World with the Let’s Make Ships Greener International Art Contest

MYSTIC, Conn – January, 2, 2013 - Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in an international art contest sponsored by The JASON Project, the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) and the U.S. Coast Guard. The theme of the contest is "Let's Make Ships Greener."
Transporting goods by sea is more environmentally friendly than moving goods the same distance by air or over land. Yet there is always room for improvement, like using wind or biofuels for power, or using greener methods to process waste on ships. Students are asked how they would make shipping cleaner and/or more energy efficient and to create an original poster with creative ideas to answer this question.
Twelve entries (six from grades K-5 and six from grades 6-12) will be selected as finalists by March 22, 2013. Winners will be required to submit their original artwork upon being notified of their selection as finalists. The winning artwork will be featured on The JASON Project, NAMEPA and U.S. Coast Guard websites. Finalists will receive a certificate and a calendar with the artwork from all 12 winners. Two grand-prize winning artists (one from each of the grade brackets) will be selected and will receive, in addition to the certificate and calendar, a signed book and photograph from the world-famous oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard, a $100 cash prize and a U.S. Coast Guard prize package.
For more details about the contest and to learn more about green shipping, visit If you have additional questions about the contest, please contact
Who: Students in grades K-12
What: Each entry must be a two-dimensional, original piece of artwork done on white poster board with dimensions of 28 in. x 22 in. (71 cm. x 56 cm.). Any art medium may be used; however, computer graphics will not be accepted. Pale colors should not be used because they are too difficult to reprint. Any artwork that includes copyrighted or trademarked product names will be disqualified.
When: All entries must be uploaded by March 1, 2013
How: You must take a high-resolution (at least 3072 x 2304 pixels) digital photograph of your poster in order to submit your entry. You or your teacher/facilitator must then upload the digital photo of your poster along with your name, grade, school/after-school program name, school/after-school program address, and teacher/facilitator’s name, phone number, and e-mail address via
About The JASON Project
The JASON Project and its Immersion Learning program inspire and educate kids everywhere through real science and exploration. JASON and Immersion bolster achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and help kids become college- and career-ready through powerful, hands-on learning experiences in classrooms, after-school settings, and summer programs. The JASON Project is managed by Sea Research Foundation in association with National Geographic Society. For more information, visit
About the North American Marine Environment Protection Association
The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a maritime industry-led initiative which engages maritime businesses, government and the public to “Save our Seas” by promoting sound environmental practices. NAMEPA operates as a nongovernmental organization committed to preserving the marine environment through educating seafarers, port communities and students about the need, and strategies, for protecting this important global resource. For more information, go to
About the United States Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our maritime and environmental interests around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship. For more information, visit