National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Competition Status

For:High School

Type: Tournament

Categories: Environment, Ocean Sciences, STEM

Scope:National

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The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is an academic competition and program that addresses a national gap in environmental and earth sciences in public education by introducing high school students to and engaging them in ocean science, preparing them for ocean science-related and other STEM careers, and helping them become knowledgeable citizens and environmental stewards. The NOSB’s focus on ocean science education is important. Humans rely on a healthy ocean for oxygen, resources, jobs, and more. Our future leaders must be knowledgeable about ocean issues. The ocean is an ideal interdisciplinary teaching tool for science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) that puts study in a real world context. Working in the ocean environment poses challenges that push the innovation, engineering, and technology development needed in our workforce. But ocean science is not a course generally offered at the high school level. The NOSB is one of the only ways students gain exposure to all of ocean science and related careers as they are beginning to chart their course in life.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is a timed competition for teams of high school students involving critical thought questions and "rapid memory recall" responses via a "lock-out" responder system. Question topics cover the biology, physics, geology, and chemistry of the oceans, as well as related geography, technology, history, policy, and current events. Teams of students compete in a tournament (bowl) style competition to see which team can answer the most questions correctly in each match. By winning matches they will move up the ranks and top teams are invited to the national competition. The program also offers award winners opportunities to build personal connections with ocean science professionals and for hands-on ocean science experiences.  

Teams are scored based on the number of correct questions answered during each match. Specific scoring criteria and types of questions can be found on the challenge website.
NOSB - National 1st Place

Team Award.

This award provides an experiential trip to the National Winner of the NOSB tournament.

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.
NOSB - National 2nd Place

Team Award. $1000.

The 2nd Place National award provides an experiential trip to a place of oceanographic relevance.

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.
NOSB - National 3rd Place

Team Award. $500.

The 3rd Place award for NOSB provides an experiential trip to a place of oceanographic relevance to the winning team.

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.
NOSB - Participation

Team Award. $0.

Any student who completes all requirements for participation in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl

This award counts toward these ICS Academic Badges. Click on a badge for further info.

Website: http://nosb.org/

Managing Organization: Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Inc.

Contact:
Kristen Yarincik
kyarincik@oceanleadership.org
202-448-1237

Entry Fee: 0-300

This competition is open to students in High School.

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.