In 1997, the space shuttle Atlantis launched into space, the blockbuster hit Titanic made its way into theaters, and much more importantly – students around the nation competed in the very first National Ocean Sciences Bowl! As we celebrate the 20th year of this extraordinary ocean sciences competition in 2017, it’s a good time to pause and reflect on its many accomplishments and to plan for the future. We did just that last week at the 20th Anniversary Strategic Visioning Workshop. This two-day event brought together an interesting and diverse group of individuals. Dr. Rick Spinrad, NOAA’s chief scientist and one of the creators of the NOSB (along with the late Admiral James Watkins) joined others who have been involved for quite some time and those new to the NOSB community. We are looking to build off past successes to set the stage for an exciting and highly successful future. The NOSB has filled a vital gap in high school curricula, providing tens of thousands of participants with an enhanced knowledge of the ocean sciences through an amazing academic competition. For many of these students, the NOSB gave them unexpected education and career direction. As we look to the next 20 years, we strive to find ways to expand our outreach to students, including the potential use of digital media and innovative efforts to include states and communities not currently involved in the NOSB. We see this as an opportunity to continue to grow our mission – to shape the future of ocean science and technology through discovery, understanding, and action – in partnership with our members and many other supporting organizations. If you’d like to support the NOSB during this 20th anniversary, please visit their giving page. Let’s see what the next 20 years bring!
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RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.); M.S.
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership