National Ocean Sciences Bowl
The 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.
NOSB - National 1st Place
This award provides an experiential trip to the National Winner of the NOSB tournament.
NOSB - National 2nd Place
The 2nd Place National award provides an experiential trip to a place of oceanographic relevance.
NOSB - National 3rd Place
The 3rd Place award for NOSB provides an experiential trip to a place of oceanographic relevance to the winning team.
NOSB - Participation
Any student who completes all requirements for participation in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Managing Organization: Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Inc.
Entry Fee: 0-300
Each competing team consists of at least four student members and a coach. Schools or informal education groups across the country can compete with up to two teams per organization. Regional bowls may charge a maximum of $300 per team for registration, though many do not charge a fee at all. There is no cost for teams who advance to the National Finals.
This competition is open to students in High School.
October 1, 2017 Registration Deadline
April 1, 2018 Next NOSB Final Event