Kids Invited to Create Posters for "Wrecks of the World" International Art Contest

With 2012 marking the centenary of Titanic's maiden voyage and sinking, students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in the “Wrecks of the World” international art contest sponsored by The JASON Project and its Immersion Learning program, the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) and the U.S Coast Guard.

One of the most famous shipwrecks in the world is the Titanic, which sunk 100 years ago this April. Although the sinking was a tragedy, it inspired many safety reforms in the shipping world. Submissions for this year’s contest are due by April 1, 2012, and can focus on any historic or modern shipwreck and/or how to make shipping safer.

Twelve entries (six from grades K-5 and six from grades 6-12) will be selected as finalists by May 1, 2012. 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 Coast Guard websites. Finalists will receive a calendar with the artwork from all 12 winners and a signed photograph and certificate from world-famous oceanographer and Titanic discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard. Additionally, two grand-prize winning artists (one from each of the grade brackets) will also receive a $100 cash prize from NAMEPA and a Titanic book signed by Dr. Ballard.

For contest details and to learn more about shipwrecks, the shipping industry, and safety at sea, visit For additional questions about the contest, please contact

WHO: Students in grades K-12

WHAT: “Wrecks of the World” international art contest. 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). 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.

April 1, 2012

HOW: Submit a high-resolution (at least 3072 x 2304 pixels) digital photograph of poster entry.

Student or teacher/facilitator must upload the digital photo of poster entry along with student’s name, grade, school/after-school program name, school/after-school program address, and teacher/facilitator’s name, phone number and e-mail address via the online form available at

About The JASON Project
Founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert Ballard, The JASON Project is a non-profit organization managed by Sea Research Foundation, Inc. and governed by Sea Research and National Geographic Society. JASON works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and other leading organizations to develop inquiry-based science curricula and professional development for grades 5-8. Combining technology-rich tools, multimedia, and an inquiry-based approach to learning with standards-based content, JASON inspires students and teachers to become lifelong learners in science through active participation in real scientific expeditions around the world. For more information, visit

About Immersion Learning
Founded in 2002 by Dr. Robert Ballard, JASON’s Immersion Learning program delivers academic enrichment and science discovery programs to youth in after-school settings and summer camps. Major program partners include Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide, National Geographic Society, NOAA, University of Rhode Island, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Air Force, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, and museums and aquariums throughout the world. 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 operates as a voluntary, non-profit and 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 and engages maritime businesses, government and the public to “Save our Seas” by promoting sound environmental practices. For more information, visit

About The United States Coast Guard
The Coast Guard's Partnership in Education Program, authorized under the National and Community Service Act of 1990, enhances educational opportunities and career awareness for the nation's youth through direct participation in education related programs. The Coast Guard's Sea Partners Campaign is an environmental education and outreach program focused on communities at large to develop community awareness of maritime pollution issues and to improve compliance with marine environmental protection laws and regulations. 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 Nation's maritime interests and environment around the world. For more information, visit