National Ocean Sciences Bowl

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The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a national, high-school science competition managed by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) which started in the 1970s (formerly the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education). It uses a quiz-bowl format, with lockout buzzers and extended team challenge questions to test students on their knowledge of oceanography. This includes the subjects of biology, chemistry, geology, geography, social science, technology, and physics. The annual competition was started in 1998, the International Year of the Ocean. The current director of NOSB is Kristen Yarincik, who is based out of Washington, DC. Currently there are 25 regions in the U.S. that compete in the NOSB, each with their own regional competitions. The regional competitions are coordinated by the Regional Coordinators, who are typically affiliated with a university in their region. Each year approximately 2,000 students from 300 schools across the nation compete for prizes and a trip to the national competition. The goal of this organization is to increase knowledge of the ocean among high school students and, ultimately, magnify the public understanding of ocean research. Students who participate are eligible to apply for the National Ocean Scholar Program.[1]

Results of the national competition[edit]

Schools with greatest number of wins

Top-placing teams at the 2017 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:

  1. Santa Monica High School
  2. Marshfield High School
  3. North Carolina School of Science and Math
  4. Centerville High School
  5. Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School
  6. Eastside High School
  7. Liberty Common High School
  8. Oxford High School

Kalani High School won the sportsmanship award.

Top-placing teams at the 2016 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:

  1. Albany High School
  2. Marshfield High School
  3. Santa Monica High School
  4. Liberty Common High School
  5. Boise High School
  6. Lexington High School
  7. E.O.Smith High School
  8. Montgomery Blair High School

York High School won the sportsmanship award.

Top-placing teams at the 2015 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:

  1. Boise High School
  2. Dexter High School
  3. Marshfield High School
  4. Mission San Jose High School
  5. Mount Sinai High School
  6. Lexington High School
  7. Chaparral Star Academy
  8. Arcadia High School

Sanger High School won the sportsmanship award.

Top-placing teams at the 2014 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:

  1. Boise High School
  2. Arcadia High School
  3. Juneau-Douglas High School
  4. Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School
  5. Eastside High School
  6. Chaparral Star Academy
  7. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
  8. Lexington High School

Langham Creek High School won the sportsmanship award.

Top-placing teams at the 2013 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:

  1. Arcadia High School
  2. Lexington High School
  3. Juneau-Douglas High School
  4. Neah-Kah-Nie High School
  5. Albany High School
  6. Greenhills High School
  7. Dana Hills High School
  8. Maui High School

Annapolis Christian Academy won the sportsmanship award.

Top-placing teams at the 2012 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:

  1. Marshfield High School
  2. Raleigh Charter High School
  3. Eastside High School
  4. Lexington High School
  5. Santa Monica High School
  6. Maui High School
  7. Albany High School
  8. Loveland High School

Top-placing teams at the 2011 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:

  1. Marshfield High School
  2. Lexington High School
  3. Santa Monica High School
  4. Mt. Sinai High School
  5. Contoocook Valley Regional High School
  6. Mission San Jose High School
  7. State College High School
  8. North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Top-placing teams at the 2010 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:

  1. Marshfield High School
  2. Marine Academy of Science and Technology (Sandy Hook, New Jersey)
  3. Mission San Jose High School
  4. La Jolla High School
  5. Punahou School
  6. Neah-Kah-Nie High School
  7. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
  8. Arcadia High School
  9. Mount Sinai High School

Langham Creek High School won the sportsmanship award.

Top-placing teams at the 2009 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:

  1. Marshfield High School
  2. Lexington High School
  3. Cranston High School West
  4. Mission San Jose High School
  5. Raleigh Charter High School

Top-placing teams at the 2008 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:

  1. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (Sudbury, Massachusetts)
  2. Mission San Jose High School (Fremont, California)
  3. Santa Monica High School (Santa Monica, CA)
  4. Dexter High School (Dexter, MI)
  5. La Jolla High School (La Jolla, California)

Kealakehe High School won the sportsmanship award.

Top-placing teams at the 2007 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:

  1. Contoocook Valley Regional High School (Peterborough, New Hampshire)
  2. Cranston High School West (Cranston, Rhode Island)
  3. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (Sudbury, Massachusetts)
  4. Santa Monica High School (Santa Monica, CA)
  5. Smoky Hill High School (Aurora, CO)
  6. Churchville-Chili High School (Churchville, New York)
  7. Dexter High School (Dexter, MI)
  8. Durant High School (Plant City, FL)

Poplarville High School won the sportsmanship award.

Top-placing teams at the 2006 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:

  1. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (Sudbury, Massachusetts)
  2. Poudre High School (Fort Collins, CO)
  3. Santa Monica High School (Santa Monica, CA)
  4. Albany High School (Albany, CA)
  5. MAST Academy (Miami, FL)
  6. Oconee County High School (Oconee County, Georgia)
  7. Langham Creek High School (Langham Creek, TX)
  8. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Arlington, VA)

Top-placing teams at the 2005 National Ocean Sciences Bowl:

  1. Cranston High School West (Cranston, Rhode Island)
  2. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (Sudbury, Massachusetts)
  3. Mission San Jose High School (Fremont, California)
  4. Oconee County High School (Oconee County, Georgia)
  5. La Jolla High School (La Jolla, California)
  6. Maui High School (Maui County, Hawaii)
  7. Santa Monica High School (Santa Monica, California)
  8. Incarnate Word Academy (Corpus Christi, Texas)

Past National Ocean Sciences Bowl Winners:

Prizes[edit]

The prizes for placing at the national competition vary from year to year. In recent years, the top two teams have received week-long experiential trips while many of the other teams at the national competition have received smaller prizes. The prizes for the three most recent competition years are listed below. [2]

2016

  • 1st: Monaco (Courtesy of Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation)
  • 2nd: University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, School of Freshwater Sciences

2015

  • 1st: NOAA Auke Bay Laboratory, Juneau, Alaska, and Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka, Alaska
  • 2nd: University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas, Texas, and Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Corpus Christi, Texas

2014

  • 1st: Shoals Marine Lab, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, University of Maine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, Maine, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay, Maine, and Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, Maine
  • 2nd: Smithsonian, Washington DC, NOAA Oxford Laboratory, Oxford, Maryland, Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, Annapolis, Maryland

2013

  • 1st: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Hoods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Falmouth, Massachusetts, University of Rhode Island, South Kingston, Rhode Island, and Connecticut Sea Grant, Groton, Connecticut
  • 2nd: University of Georgia Marine Extension Service, Savannah, Georgia, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Savannah, Georgia, and Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia

Format and scoring[edit]

Types of questions[edit]

  • Toss-up: These are multiple choice questions that can be answered by any of the 4 active players on either team in play. Teams have 5 seconds to buzz in and answer the question. If the first team's answer is incorrect, the opposing team will get another 5 seconds to answer. The team that buzzes in first gets to answer the question. A correct answer wins the team 4 points and the right to attempt a bonus question. No conferring is allowed on toss-ups. If a player buzzes in before a moderator finishes reading the question, the buzz is called an interrupt. An incorrect answer will cause the team to lose 4 points and the question to be re-read to the opposing team. This is the only situation in which a team can lose points. However, no points are lost for incorrect answers that are not interrupts. If a player begins an answer before being verbally recognized by the moderator, this is called a blurt. The answer is ignored (not indicated correct or incorrect by the moderator) and the question is re-read to the opposing team. There is no point penalty for a blurt, but the team that blurted is disqualified from answering that question.
  • Bonus: These are short answer questions that only the team that correctly answered the previous toss-up may answer. Teams have 20 seconds to confer and answer this question. The team captain must begin the team's answer before time is called. A correct response is awarded with an additional 6 points.
  • Team Challenge Question (TCQ): Each Team Challenge Question is an essay-type question worth up to 20 points, with partial credit awarded if necessary. Time ranges from 2 to 5 minutes for a challenge question, and the topics can be anything related to oceanography.

A single NOSB match consists of two 6-minute buzzer rounds with two Team Challenge Questions in between. Each round is made up of 20 questions pairs. After the break, the second half begins with the first toss-up that was not read in the first half and continues until time expires or all questions have been read. The most points a team can earn each round is 240 points (20 toss-ups and bonuses each plus full-credit on the two TCQs), but earning 100 or more points is considered very impressive. Teams may make substitutions only during the break.

With the exception of articles such as "a","an", and "the", answers to multiple-choice questions must be exactly as those on the written page. Prefacing answers with phrases such as "My answer is" is not acceptable.

Science Expert Briefing (SEB)[edit]

The SEB is a mock congressional hearing where students present science recommendations on a piece of legislation, enhancing the critical thinking elements of the competition and focusing on real-world skills. Regional bowl winners must participate in the SEB to be eligible for the national finals.

Roles of officials[edit]

  • Moderator: Reads questions and interprets responses by comparing with the answer sheet.
  • Science Judge: If the official answer is challenged by a team, the moderator may consult the Science Judge to come to a verdict.
  • Rules Judge: Oversees activity in the event room and addresses any issues or misbehavior.
  • Scorekeeper: Records the current score of a progressing match, including rewards and penalties. Generally a copy is saved for later reference.
  • Timekeeper: Tracks the time throughout the round. In charge of stopping, starting, and resetting the clock. Also notifies teams of time benchmarks (such as 5 seconds left to answer a bonus or 45 and 15 seconds left to answer a Team Challenge Question).
  • Runner: Primarily used for retrieving documents, such as the official testing material. Also brings Team Challenge Questions to and from the grading center for official scoring.

Locations[edit]

The National competition is held in one of the participating colleges that hold the regional bowls. These colleges draw from high schools in their area and run the regional competitions, often naming the regional according to the characteristics of the region. For example, the region encompassing Colorado and the surrounding area is called the "Trout Bowl." The annual themes, since 2008, are also listed below.

Nationals[edit]

  • 2018- Boulder, Colorado - TBA
  • 2017- Corvallis, Oregon - Blue Energy: Powering the Planet With Our Ocean
  • 2016- Morehead City, North Carolina - Our Changing Ocean: Science for Strong Coastal Communities
  • 2015- Ocean Springs, Mississippi - The Science of Oil in the Ocean
  • 2014- Seattle, Washington - Ocean Acidification
  • 2013- Milwaukee, Wisconsin - The Great Lakes: A Window into Freshwater Science
  • 2012- Baltimore, Maryland - Sea of Change: Development and Evolution
  • 2011- Galveston, Texas - Human Responses to Ocean Events
  • 2010- St. Petersburg, Florida - Marine Technology
  • 2009- Washington, DC - Biodiversity
  • 2008- Seward, Alaska - International Polar Year
  • 2007- Long Island, New York
  • 2006- Pacific Grove, California
  • 2005- Biloxi, Mississippi
  • 2004- Charleston, South Carolina
  • 2003- LaJolla, California
  • 2002- Providence, Rhode Island
  • 2001- Miami, Florida
  • 2000- Linthicum, Maryland
  • 1999- Washington, DC
  • 1998- Washington, DC

Regionals[edit]

"Living on the Ocean Planet" Video Contest[edit]

Starting in 2009, NOSB has held a video contest. Submissions were judged on multiple criteria, with a maximum length of two minutes. The theme of the contest changes each year along with the National competition themes. Past winners are as follows:

  • 2016 - Soap Lake High School
Theme - Our Changing Ocean: Science for Strong Coastal Communities
Title - Where's the Beach?[3]
Members - Gael Arias, Kristina Davis, Francisco Flores and Emily Huntwork
  • 2015 - Marshfield High School
Theme - The Science of Oil in the Ocean
Title - Oil in the Oceans[4]
Members - Michelle Fernandez, Patrick Dolan and Marissa Zaleski
  • 2014 - Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science
Theme - Ocean Acidification
Title - Ocean Acidification[5]
Members - Chelsea Aure, Tommy Fenton, and Tom Ertle
  • 2013 - Mark Keppel High School
Theme - The Great Lakes : A Window into Freshwater Science
Title - A Freshwater Perspective[6]
Members - Elaine Cheung, Josephine Young, and Victoria Wu
  • 2012 - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Theme - Sea of Change: Development & Evolution
Title - From Cells to Saviors[7]
Members - Daniel Seidman, Jung Huh and Jenny Seo
  • 2011 - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Theme - Human Responses to Ocean Events
Title - Making Every Difference[8]
Members - Daniel Seidman, Jenny Seo and Jung Huh
Coach - Lisa Wu
  • 2010 - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Theme - Technology
Title - Ocean Exploration: The Future[9]
Members - Will Welch and Gwyn Welch
Coach - Patricia Cloutier
  • 2009 - Lexington High School
Theme - Biodiversity
Title - Our Oceans, Our World[10]
Members - Eric Kao and Jorie Heilman
Coach - Sarah Damassa

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Ocean Scholar Program | NOSB". National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  2. ^ "NOSB Award Trips". National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Where's the Beach?". Where's the Beach?. 
  4. ^ "Oil in the Oceans". Oil in the Oceans. 
  5. ^ "Ocean Acidification". Ocean Acidification. 
  6. ^ "A Freshwater Perspective". A Freshwater Perspective. 
  7. ^ "From Cells to Saviors". From Cells to Saviors. 
  8. ^ "Making Every Difference". Making Every Difference. 
  9. ^ "Ocean Exploration: The Future". Ocean Exploration: The Future. 
  10. ^ "Our Oceans, Our World". Our Oceans, Our World.