Project

The Shark Riddle

Species
  • Sharks
Years funded
  • 2009
Status
  • Archived
Project type
  • Education
Affiliation
Description

Laura and Robert believe in telling stories that create a positive emotional connection with the ocean. They spread their message by making children’s films and through their Shark Days Outreach programme.

The Shark Riddle

Laura Sams

Project leader
About the project leader

Welcome to the Sisbro Studios profile! Sisbro Studios was founded in 2001 by the sister/brother creative team of Laura Sams and Robert Sams. We create science-based films, books, music, educational media and curricula that help people discover the natural world (and laugh along the way).

Laura has a Master’s degree in natural resources education with Bachelor’s degrees in zoology and parks/recreation. Robert has two Bachelor’s degrees, one in zoology and one in communications. This means he can talk to animals. Whether they understand him is another question.

We grew up in a family connected to nature. As part of a military family...

The Shark Riddle

Robert Sams

Project leader
About the project leader

Welcome to the Sisbro Studios profile! Sisbro Studios was founded in 2001 by the sister/brother creative team of Laura Sams and Robert Sams. We create science-based films, books, music, educational media and curricula that help people discover the natural world (and laugh along the way).

Laura has a Master’s degree in natural resources education with Bachelor’s degrees in zoology and parks/recreation. Robert has two Bachelor’s degrees, one in zoology and one in communications. This means he can talk to animals. Whether they understand him is another question.

We grew up in a family connected to nature. As part of a military family...

PROJECT LOCATION : United States
All news about this project
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 1st October 2012
Shark Riddle Wins at BLUE Ocean Film Festival
At the BLUE Ocean Film Festival awards ceremony on Friday night in Monterey, California, The Shark Riddle was announced as the winner of Best Children’s Program Worldwide! “We set out to create a shark-filled story that was funny, beautiful, musical, mysterious and magical. We’re so…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 13th August 2012
Shark Days in Seattle
We spent the weekend at the Seattle Aquarium sharing scenes from The Shark Riddle, playing games and singing songs to celebrate our toothy, cartilaginous friends. What a fun way to kick off the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. I loved the setting. The entire building sits…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 6th August 2012
Shark Conservation Week at Oregon Coast Aquarium
My brother Rob and I just returned from performing two Shark Riddle presentations during Shark Conservation Week at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon. First, it was totally awesome to perform with a tank full of sharks (leopard sharks, sevengill sharks, soupfin sharks, smooth-hound…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 24th July 2012
The Shark Riddle is a Finalist at BLUE Ocean Film Festival
On Sunday, July 22, The Shark Riddle, a co-production between Sisbro Studios and The Save Our Seas Foundation, was announced as a finalist for Best Children’s Program at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival during a live Google+ Hangout event, featuring Dr. Sylvia Earl (Mission Blue,…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 14th May 2012
Sharks in Missoula, Montana!
We had an incredible week at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. The Shark Riddle took home the award for Best Children’s Program – awesomeface! And equally as awesomeface was the crowd’s reaction to our Shark Days presentation. We were told that demand…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 27th April 2012
Shark Days visits OMSI
Last week we visited the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry with our traveling Shark Days event! OMSI is located near the heart of Portland and sits snuggly on the banks of the mighty Willamette River. With around 800,000 visitors each year, it is truly…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 3rd April 2012
Shark Diving E-Card
Here is your chance to make it look like you are diving with a shark! Click here to visit our Shark E-Card Page and choose from three free shark cards – the great white shark, the hammerhead shark or the basking shark. Then upload a…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 2nd March 2012
Shark Frenzy in Monterey, California
The Monterey Bay Aquarium was swarming with 11,000 ocean enthusiasts who came out for the annual Shark Days Celebration. We were part of the weekend’s featured presentations, thanks to a grant from the Save Our Seas Foundation. We must have handed out around 2,000 of…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 6th February 2012
Shark Days at Hatfield Marine Science Center
We had a great day of celebrating sharks at the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Oregon coast. We managed several hundred people for the event, despite a severe winter storm that had closed several nearby highways. We were lucky to make it there ourselves!…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 30th January 2012
Shark Days in Waimea, Hawaii
In a rare event last week, a giant basking shark was spotted several miles inland on the Big Island of Hawaii. Upon closer inspection, onlookers found this 23’ specimen to be made of fabric and air and accompanying screenings of our newest film, The Shark…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 7th November 2011
Land Shark
It’s huge! Not full grown, but at 23 feet, it’s still a huge shark! It’s a basking shark, the world’s second largest species of fish, and right now this one lives in my garage. It’s not a real basking shark of course. It’s an inflatable,…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 17th October 2011
Best Children’s Program of the Year
In my last entry about the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, I was spinning excitedly in my office chair because we were named Finalists for Best Children’s Program. But guess what? We WON!!!!! So now I’m whirling so fast that I imagine I might launch…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 27th September 2011
Sharks Swimming at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
If you see us twirling with arms wide atop the Grand Teton Mountains (or at least twirling over-enthusiastically in our office chairs), it is because The Shark Riddle is one of three finalists for Best Children’s Program at the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 16th September 2011
Shark Hats
Have you always wanted to wear a shark on your head? Me too. Here is your chance to make a great white shark or hammerhead shark hat that will impress everyone you meet. Or at least shark (or hat) lovers. It is an activity from…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 13th August 2011
The “Less Famous” Sharks
Get ready for a quirky, wonderful look at the “less famous” sharks of the world, in a video made by the students in our Shark Week class at Portland Saturday Academy, Summer 2011. We spent the entire week studying sharks, as well as looking at…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 30th July 2011
Grant for Shark Day Events
We are thrilled to announce that Sisbro Studios has received a grant from the Save Our Seas Foundation to create "Shark Days," shark-themed family events at science museums, aquariums and libraries on the west coast of the United States, in order to further the impact…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 4th July 2011
Sleeping With Sharks
When you can’t fall asleep at night, do you count sharks? With over 450 kinds of sharks (the exact number is debated – but there are definitely a lot), there are really a lot of choices to help you fall lazily into a dreamy, peaceful…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 14th February 2011
The Great White Shark Song (A sea lion’s tribute)
It is with great joy that we present The Great White Shark Tribute Song from our new project The Shark Riddle, the second episode in the Riddle Solvers series! If you were going to create a song about the great white shark’s role in the…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 2nd November 2010
The Sea Lion vs. the Seafood Dinner
While filming on the coast of Oregon recently, I captured a disturbing image – a California sea lion with a ring of fishing line wrapped around its neck. The poor guy had obviously dealt with this for a while. I’m sure it had initially slipped…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 12th July 2010
Robert and The Electron Microscope
I used an electron microscope for the first time recently to take a picture of shark skin. I’m not sure why this excited me so much, but I guess it felt a little like the first time I went scuba diving – like I had…
By Laura Sams, Robert Sams, 6th February 2010
Shark Dentists?
“Are you a shark? Are you worried about constantly losing your teeth and having to see a dentist? Well don’t be. You don’t need a dentist. You’re a shark!” That is the opening line to a short sketch we are filming called “Your Teeth and…
Project details

Shark Days outreach events

Key objective

Production of The Shark Riddle, a new episode of the children’s series called The Riddle Solvers. The Shark Riddle follows a brother-and-sister riddle-solving team on an adventure through the pages of a magical journal to solve a mysterious riddle about shark teeth. Meet a raucous group of singing sea lions, experience the underwater game show ‘Are You a Shark?’, hear a shark lullaby and discover the powerful and magnificent world of sharks. Featuring high-definition footage of 20 different shark species from around the world, this charming and hilarious look at the ocean’s top predators has received ‘two fins up’ from sharks everywhere.

Why is this important

The film is designed to help children develop empathy and positive feelings towards sharks, learn about the diversity of shark species and learn how sharks are necessary for a healthy ocean. Sisbro Studios, LLC will also develop a live educational programme based on the shark episode, as well as The Shark Packet, a packet of educational and family fun activities about sharks.

Background

Sisbro are very passionate about sharing positive stories with children, so that they may learn to love the ocean before they are asked to save it. As we write the shark episode and educational materials, we will be dedicated to helping children develop environmental sensitivity in positive ways.

Research shows that knowledge of a subject does not necessarily lead to action. In Hungerford and Volk’s Theory of Responsible Environmental Behaviour (1990), they suggest three stages needed to encourage action: empathy, ownership and empowerment. In the empathy stage, people must develop environmental sensitivity, knowledge and positive feelings toward a subject (e.g.,‘I think sharks are amazing’). In the ownership stage, people must understand how a subject affects them (e.g., ‘Without sharks in the water, the food chain would not work very well, and I might not be able to see all the pretty animals on the reef’). Finally in the empowerment stage, people must learn skills so they know how to make a difference (i.e.,‘I can teach people not to hurt sharks’). Research suggests focusing mostly on the empathy stage for young children, which is where much of the shark episode will concentrate. We will, however, include pieces that help children move toward taking ownership and developing empowerment skills.

In addition, Sisbro Studios has received a separate grant to create ‘Shark Days’. These are shark-themed family events at science museums, aquariums and libraries on the west coast of the United States, in order to further the impact of The Shark Riddle and SOSF’s mission of shark education and conservation. Designed especially for families with children aged between five and 12 years, these events will offer the chance for true family learning and will provide the opportunity for people to generate and share real excitement about sharks during and after each event. Each event will include a screening of The Shark Riddle, along with a live shark-based educational programme from filmmakers Laura and Robert Sams, and the chance to see a life-sized inflatable version of a basking shark. For outreach activities, children and families will be given free shark bookmarks and will participate in hands-on crafts, games and activities from ‘The Shark Packet’ of family fun and educational activities based on the film The Shark Riddle.

Aims & objectives

The aims and objectives of this project are to:

  • Produce a half-hour children’s film about sharks.
  • Produce an educational packet of activities to accompany the episode for use by educators.
  • Help children develop empathy and positive feelings towards sharks.