Program Update: National Ocean Sciences Bowl – May 2015
Leading up to the 2015 National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Finals Competition in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, program participants were asked to Get in the Game and consider making a donation of $10 or more to help the program reach its goals of preparing our next generation of ocean scientists and stewards. The goal of the Get in the Game campaign was to raise funds for scholarships for NOSB high school seniors planning to study ocean science in college this upcoming fall, team meals for the four-day Finals Competition, and support for the approximately 2,000 NOSB students who will begin studying this fall to take part in the 2016 regional competitions. Thanks to the many family members, volunteers, coaches, alumni and regional coordinators who donated, the NOSB raised $9,510. We’re proud to think that the NOSB is playing a part in educating our society about the importance of ocean science and helping students identify and pursue careers in STEM fields. We thank all those that did what they could to support the program with a donation or by sharing the campaign with their networks.
The divisional winners of the 2015 NOSB “Living on the Ocean Planet” video contest have been announced. The NOSB collaborated with the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) to select and award prizes to the divisional winners. For the 2015 contest, students created a video on this year’s NOSB theme, ‘the science of oil in the ocean.’ As always, the students did an excellent job and submitted creative and interesting videos! Also, this is the fourth year for our “Fan Favorite” contest. The top videos from each division have been posted to YouTube for the public to view and “like.” Click here to watch the videos and cast your vote. National winners and your “Fan Favorite” contest winner will be announced in mid-June.
The NOSB is looking for ocean scientists to assist the program with 2016 competition question reviews. If you are an ocean science professional that is interested in using your expertise in the marine sciences to help the next generation of ocean scientists and stewards succeed, please contact Amanda Holloway to join a NOSB Technical Advisory Panel (TAP). The NOSB takes great pride in its challenging questions and each year asks scholars, scientists and teachers to participate in the question review process. TAPs are held to review the buzzer and Team Challenge Questions for the regional and national NOSB competitions. If you have expertise in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Marine Policy, Technology, Social Science or Geography, please help us ensure the competition questions are of the highest quality possible. Please note this is a volunteer opportunity taking place in September 2015.
For those attending Capitol Hill Ocean Week in Washington, D.C. June 9-11, 2015, please be sure to attend the June 11 panel on “The Wave of the Future: What Do the Youth of America Think?” A student from the NOSB’s 2015 National Championship team from Boise, Idaho will be part of a youth panel discussing current marine conservation issues and the importance of science education, social media and technology in influencing ocean governance.