During the month of October, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) held its annual Technical Advisory Panels (TAPs), bringing together marine science professionals and educators to review and edit the questions for the upcoming NOSB regional and national competitions. The participants reviewed nearly 2,400 buzzer questions and 110 Team Challenge Questions (TCQs). We extend a huge thank-you to all those who participated and ensured that the questions are of the highest quality for the 2015 competitions.
In early October, Science magazine ran the article For $1 million: Will an ocean science quiz program survive tough times?, which focused on federal budget cuts to education programs such as the NOSB. The well-written and detailed article was actually penned by NOSB participant Darby Hopper, a high school senior at Okemos High School in Okemos, Michigan who has competed at the Great Lakes Bowl! Another NOSB supporter, David Shiffman, created a blog post to “Save the NOSB” after reading Darby’s article. NOSB participants have since contacted him, as well as NOSB staff, to share stories of impact and thoughts on what the NOSB means to students, coaches and volunteers. Many have asked how they can help. Two very easy ways are to stay up to date on NOSB activities by following us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr & e-mail list) and by sharing stories about what the program means to you!
The regional NOSB hosts are beginning to plan their 2015 regional competitions. To learn the date of your closest regional competition, please visit the NOSB’s state-by-state competition map.