Program Update: National Ocean Sciences Bowl – April 2015
Returning champions Boise High School from Boise, Idaho won the 18th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl® (NOSB) Final, held April 23-26, 2015 at the Ocean Springs High School in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
The top eight teams at the Finals Competition were:
1st Place – Boise High School – Boise, Idaho
2nd Place – Dexter – Dexter, Michigan
3rd Place – Marshfield High School – Marshfield, Wisconsin
4th Place – Mission San Jose High School – Fremont, California
5th Place – Mount Sinai High School – Mount Sinai, New York
6th Place – Lexington High School – Lexington, Massachusetts
7th Place – Chaparral Star Academy – Austin, Texas
8th Place – Arcadia High School – Arcadia, California
For a full list of the 2015 NOSB Finals participants, click here.
In addition to the Competition, the students participated in a number of hands-on, science activities, including a career mentoring event with leaders in the science field; a talk with Dr. Vernon Asper, a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, on his scientific work in the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; a dinner at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum; and multiple fieldtrips, including a tour of the Point Sur research vessel, trips to West Ship Island and Horn Island, a Pascagoula River tour, and visits to Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Stennis Space Center & Infinity Science Center.
During the Finals, students also took part in an Instagram photo challenge, posting photos of their field trips and Finals activities. Each day a winner was chosen and presented a book to help them with their ocean studies. To view these photos of the weekend taken by NOSB students, as well as photos by coaches, Regional Coordinators and staff, search for #NOSBRocks on Instagram!
Other winners were also named at the annual Finals Competition, including the James D. Watkins Sportsmanship Award winner. Sanger High School of Sanger, Texas won the Sportsmanship Award, which is voted upon by the volunteers for demonstrating the best sportsmanship throughout the weekend-long competition.
The first and second place teams received all-expense paid awards trips to Juneau and Sitka, Alaska and Corpus Christi and Port Aransas, Texas respectively, to conduct scientific research with local field experts. The third place team received GoPro video cameras for each team member and the coach to capture and share their scientific explorations. The other top teams received Amazon gift cards for marine science textbooks. The Sportsmanship winner also received a gift card as well as the same buzzer system used in the Competition.
The 2015 national NOSB program is made possible through the following sponsors: