16th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl Held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(Washington, D.C.) – Arcadia High School from Arcadia, California won the 16th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) Final, held April 19 – 21, 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Continuing Education, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Twenty-five high schools from around the United States competed in this year’s NOSB Finals Competition. The NOSB is an ocean science education program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C.
After competing in their respective regional competitions in February and March, these 25 high school teams traveled to Milwaukee for the opportunity to compete with their peers on their knowledge of the ocean during the 2013 NOSB Finals Competition. Approximately 2,000 students from over 300 high schools participated in NOSB in 2013.
At both the regional and national level, the competition consists of buzzer-style, multiple choice questions and longer, critical thinking-based team challenge questions on ocean-related topics. During the weekend’s Finals Competition, the students also participated in the Science Expert Briefing (SEB) component, where they recreated a congressional testimony. The SEB was added to the Competition in 2011 to provide students with a broader understanding of the interconnections between science, policy and the public. This year, the topic was invasive species.
During the Competition weekend, the students also participated in a number of hands-on, science-related activities, including a career mentoring event with leaders in the science field; a talk with Russell L. Cuhel, a senior scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; a dinner at Discovery World; and a day of interactive fieldtrips around Milwaukee, including exploring the Great Lakes aboard the Neeskay research vessel.
The theme for this year’s NOSB Finals, the first ever to be held in the Great Lakes region, was Great Lakes: A Window into Freshwater Science. This theme invokes the interconnectedness of freshwater and marine systems and includes, but is not limited to, our understanding of freshwater processes and the connection to the ocean, human impacts on freshwater ecosystems, and the effects of invasive species.
The top eight teams at the Finals Competition were:
1st Place – Arcadia High School – Arcadia, California*
2nd Place – Lexington High School – Lexington, Massachusetts
3rd Place – Juneau-Douglas High School, Juneau, Alaska
4th Place – Neah-Kah-Nie High School, Rockaway Beach, Oregon
5th Place – Albany High School – Albany, California
6th Place – Greenhills School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
7th Place – Dana Hills High School, Dana Hills, California
8th Place – Maui High School – Kahului, Hawaii
Other winners were also named at the annual Finals Competition, including the James D. Watkins Sportsmanship Award winner. Annapolis Christian Academy of Corpus Christi, Texas won the Sportsmanship Award, which is voted upon by the volunteers for demonstrating the best sportsmanship throughout the weekend-long competition.
The winning teams received an array of prizes. The first and second place teams received all-expense paid, weeklong trips to New England and Georgia, respectively, to conduct hands-on ocean science activities. Each member of the third place team was awarded a Google Nexus Tablet. The other top teams received Amazon gift cards and oceanography textbooks. The Sportsmanship winner also received a gift card as well as the same buzzer system used in the competition.
About Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Ocean Leadership is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that represents 97 of the leading public and private ocean research education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy. The organization also manages, coordinates and facilitates ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration and ocean partnerships.
About National Ocean Sciences Bowl
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C. NOSB seeks to interest students in pursuing a college degree and future career in the ocean sciences. Through this educational forum, the NOSB strives to encourage and support the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates and informed citizens, to consider and appreciate the ocean. Approximately 2,000 students from over 300 high schools participated in 2013.