Program Update: National Ocean Sciences Bowl – June 2014
The 2014 National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) National Champions from Boise High School participated in the White House’s “We the Geeks: Submerged!” on June 25, 2014. It was a wonderful opportunity for the team to share their thoughts on the importance of the ocean to our way of life alongside a prestigious line-up of researchers including Sam Champion of the Weather Channel, Fabien Cousteau, ocean explorer, and Sylvia Earle, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Please watch the recorded video and see our next generation of ocean stewards explain that everyone, even those in land locked states, depend on a healthy ocean and can do something in their daily lives (carpool or recycle, for example) to help protect the important marine environment.
NOSB students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria, Virginia) took part in the U.S. Department of State Our Ocean 2014 Conference on June 17! They were given the opportunity to question the esteemed panel of ocean acidification experts. Based on the students’ NOSB research on ocean acidification, and the FOARAM Act, they asked panel members how they saw local and international stakeholders supporting efforts to deploy monitoring systems, enable data sharing, archiving and analysis and implement policy to better monitor and respond to ocean acidification. This was a great opportunity for the NOSB students to attend a high level conference where ocean science, conservation and world leaders came together to communicate international ocean issues and make commitments to address these challenges. To see photos of the students and other highlights from #OurOcean2014, visit NOSB’s Tumblr blog!
Thank you to all the individuals who participated in the NOSB’s Get in the Game campaign to raise funds for scholarships for NOSB high school seniors planning to study ocean science in college and support for the 2,000 NOSB students who will begin studying this fall to take part in the 2015 regional competitions. Thanks to so many of you, the NOSB raised $13,295 by June 9. We will announce our five 2014 scholarship recipients shortly! Lastly, thank you to all those that dedicated their donations to the NOSB regional competitions. The region that received the most donations will get a prize for next year’s regional competition. We are happy to announce that the Dolphin Challenge came out on top, raising $2,730! Congratulations to all those associated the Dolphin Challenge!
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl and the National Marine Educators Association are pleased to announce the final winners the 2014 “Living on the Ocean Planet” Video Contest. There were some excellent entries, but the National winner is “Ocean Acidification” by Chelsea Aure, Tommy Fenton, and Tom Ertle of Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science. Through creative storytelling and visualization, “Ocean Acidification” addresses human actions that increase carbon dioxide and explains the carbon dioxide cycle and the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems in a fun and engaging way.
Congratulations also to our Fan Favorite Contest winner and the creators of the two National runner-up videos. The Fan Favorite winner is “The Human Element” by Joshua Weinberg, Mitchell Cairns and William Bates of Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science, which also took second place in the National competition. Third place is awarded to “The Environmental Rendition of Guys and Dolls” by Sierra Cleveland, Ryan Kang and Terese Yoon of Los Alamitos High School. All of these videos and more can be viewed on NOSB’s YouTube Channel. Thanks to all of our participants for submitting such fantastic films and congratulations to all of the 2014 Divisional Winners!
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