The United Nations is launching the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in 2021. We are inviting the ingenious children of Canada to think up and draw invention ideas to protect the oceans. Get involved now!
The oceans cover more than 70% of our planet, and they are essential to all life on Earth. But overpopulation and industrialization have taken their toll.
Starting now, we can start building a better future for our oceans, with science, invention and innovation at the heart of it all. The more we understand our oceans, the better we can learn to look after them and get them back to health.
A selection of invention ideas will be chosen to be made real to be showcased during Science Odyssey in 2021.
The challenge is supported by three FREE resource packs:
- The mighty oceans (why the oceans matter, sea life and habitats, threats and challenges to ocean health) – Available now below!
- A world of pollution (plastic and wider pollution issues, the carbon cycle, acidification and deoxygenation) – Available in January 2020
- Climate power (the water cycle, the role of oceans in the weather, climate change issues) – Available by June 8, 2020, World Oceans Day, in time for our next challenge phase!
The resources have been designed to support scaffolded learning for students age 5 to 15 years old to stretch their imagination and creativity! Each resource includes a PowerPoint presentation, student activity sheets and resource guide.
The mighty oceans resource pack
why the oceans matter, sea life and habitats, threats and challenges to ocean health!
How to enter!
Mission: Protect our oceans is open to all elementary and secondary school students across Canada and is recommended to up to grade 9 students or ages 14 to 15 years.
Teachers and parents can also submit the young inventors’ ideas, you don't have to be a school to take part!
Entries must be submitted by midnight Pacific Time on Sunday, December 20, 2020.
Submissions will be accepted throughout the year, however, we recommend uploading the invention ideas as soon as possible after your workshop. The most ingenious ideas will be selected for making. and those students will be paired with a maker or artisan to produce their ideas. The winners will be announced in time to celebrate Science Odyssey in May 2021.
Children can submit more than one invention idea.
Submit invention ideas through our upload page.
- Draw your invention on our NSERC Oceans challenge invention sheet
- Scan the *whole* sheet as straight on as possible
- Upload it in JPEG, PNG or GIF format (choose a file)
Each invention idea will comprise of an image of a clear drawing, the name, age and location of the inventor, the name of the invention and a description, and a contact email address.
Examples of scanned images
Terms and conditions
- This Challenge is open to all Canadian residents aged between 5 and 15 years old.
- Any individual may upload as many invention ideas as they wish.
- All entries must be original and the entrants’ own work.
- Uploading of an invention drawing should only be done by a responsible adult with appropriate permissions from the inventor and their parent/guardian. Once uploaded, it is in the public domain and visible to anyone who looks at the website to see all the wacky and wonderful ideas.
- Only uploaded invention ideas that meet our threshold for quality will be displayed in the online gallery, this includes the relevant text information about the student and the idea. Only ideas in the gallery will be considered for making. The judgment on this threshold is entirely at our discretion and we will not enter into any communications about our decision.
- The closing date for submissions is December 20, 2020 at midnight Pacific Time.
- As the creator you will always own the copyright to your invention drawing, and by uploading it you grant NSERC, Canadian Commission for UNESCO and Little Inventors non-exclusive, worldwide and perpetual rights to use, implement, reproduce and commercialise your content. This means we can use it at exhibits, on our website, and it might even feature in one of our books!
- As part of the Little Inventors Mission: protect our oceans challenge we will choose some invention ideas to make real, which is a magnificent part of Little Inventors. It is our decision which inventions will be made real.
- If your invention is chosen, we will be in touch to involve you in the making process so you can guide how your idea is made real. We will cover all costs, and own the object afterwards whereby it may be used in exhibitions or other Little Inventors activities.
- Any activities with the objects made real or their creators are not guaranteed and are liable to change or cancellation at any time, without notice.
- Our purpose is to give children the freedom and inspiration to use their imagination and creativity to come up with fantastic, funny and far-out invention ideas.
- In order to be involved in the Challenge, you must agree to the rules and conditions above. Therefore, please read these carefully twice and make sure you are happy to continue. By uploading an invention drawing you agree to the rules and conditions here stated.