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Valley Christian Schools’ Awarded First Place in the NOAA Bonus Prize Round 

We are thrilled to announce that Team Ocean Quest has been awarded first place in the NOAA Bonus Competition of the International Shell Oil XPRIZE Competition. Once again, they have made history as the youngest team ever to become semi-finalists, finalists, and now winners of this global challenge. Read the press release. (June 3, 2019)









June 3, 2019

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NOAA Research News
May 31, 2019

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Morning Star
June 3, 2019

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BBC News - Science & Environment
May 31, 2019

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National Geographic
May 31, 2019

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Tech Crunch
May 31, 2019

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About the Ocean Quest Team

In 2016, a group of junior high and high school students from Valley Christian Schools entered the international XPRIZE competition to map the ocean floor. Sponsored by Shell Oil, this $7 million global challenge was designed to discover the mysteries of our oceans and make significant advances towards exploring 95% of the ocean floor that is still unknown. Team Ocean Quest defied all odds by becoming semi-finalists in the competition, competing in Florida in November 2017 against an elite group of corporations, research institutions, and universities from around the world. Their participation qualified them to compete in the bonus round of the competition, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where they used their autonomous underwater vehicle to find a chemical in the ocean and track it to its source. The competition was held in Puerto Rico in January 2019. NOAA offered a $1 million prize to the winner of the bonus round. Learn more about the competition.

About the XPRIZE Awards

The results of this three-year competition culminated at the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 31, 2019 held at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco. Awards were given for both the Shell Ocean Discovery and NOAA Bonus competitions. Seven VCS students and their adult team leaders attended. Learn more about XPRIZE.

The Ocean Quest Documentary

About the Award Winning Documentary
The Ocean Quest documentary chronicles the experiences of the VCS Ocean Quest Team who advanced to the semi-finals of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition to map the ocean floor. Recently, this 48-minute documentary has received acceptance and accolades at several domestic and international film festivals.

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ImpactDOCS (Award of Excellence)
Durango Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival
Nice International Film Festival
The IndieFEST Film Awards (Two Awards of Excellence – Documentary Short & Children/Family Programming)
Asia Pacific International Film Festival (Platinum Award Winner)
Inspired Faith Film Festival (Two Awards – Inspiring Faith & Eyes Wide Open)
Accolade Global Film Competition
Silver Screen International Film Festival
Miami Independent Film Festival (Winner - Feature Documentary)
Woods Hole Film Festival

Read More About the Competition

Articles from XPRIZE

XPRIZE Winners Announced Press Release (May 31, 2019)
Xprize to Award $1 Million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Bous Prize on May 31st in Monaco
Bonus Prize Article
Meet the Teams Article (XPRIZE)
NOAA Puerto Rico Field Tests Article (XPRIZE)

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