East End Challenge seeks science, engineering projects

A work submitted for the exhibition by Olyvia Vayer took home first place. (Credit: East End Seaport Museum)
A work submitted for the exhibition last year by Olyvia Vayer that took home first place. (Credit: East End Seaport Museum)

Students from all East End high schools are invited to participate in the 2014 East End Challenge, in which they will be asked to create a science or engineering project on the theme of the “Littoral Zone,” and then express those results through an art form.

The littoral zone, the subject of this year’s challenge, is the part of the sea closest to the shore, which includes wetlands, estuaries, barrier islands, tidal marshes, beaches and dunes, and extends out to deeper waters. 

The annual contest is sponsored by the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation in Greenport, where the finalists’ projects will be displayed. Last year, the theme of the contest was Rachel Carson, the marine biologist and author whose is often credited with advancing the environmental protection movement.

There were 21 entries last year. The contest was designed and organized by Greenport residents Bob Jester, a retired marine biologist at Riverhead High School; Keith McCamy, a retired geophysicist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Arden Scott, a longtime sailor and acclaimed sculptor.

This year’s applications will be due on Earth Day, April 22, and the finalists will be notified on April 28. From there, the finalist’s projects will be delivered to the museum on May 3, and the opening of the exhibit and awards preservation will be held May 17.

The final submissions must include a narrative of the project, which will be the wall text to accompany the art piece, and the completed artwork, ready for installation, according to contest organizers.

Considerations for selections include quality, message, inventive observations & creative interpretation of the maritime world on the East End of Long Island.

Completed applications can be emailed to: [email protected] or mailed to: East End Challenge 2014 c/o East End Seaport Museum, PO Box 624, Greenport, NY 11944.

For more information, go to www.eastendseaport.org.

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