National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Great Lakes Bowl

Hosted by Michigan Sea Grant

What is it?

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a national academic competition where teams of high school students compete for the regional and national title. The matches feature quiz-bowl style rounds and challenge questions that test a team’s ocean and Great Lakes knowledge.

The questions focus on math and science related to ocean and Great Lakes biology, chemistry, geology, physics, technology, history and economics.

Regional competitions are held throughout the nation in February and March, with the final national competition held in April.

Where and when?

The Great Lakes NOSB will be held on February 6, 2016, at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (on campus), in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The national competition will take place April 23-26, 2016, in Ocean Springs, MS.

Who competes?

Teams consisting of four high school students and one alternate compete in question-and-answer matches during the competition. Student teams have the opportunity to win 20 points.

The competition format will be a six-minute buzzer round, with two team challenge questions, followed by another six-minute buzzer round. Team challenge questions require data analysis and synthesis of science and math concepts.

What are the prizes?

The Great Lakes Bowl will award cash prizes, trophies, medals and other prizes to top finishers.

National prizes have included cruises on aquatic research vessels, visits to research laboratories, computer hardware and software for the winning team’s school, scientific equipment and laboratory supplies, scholarships, endowments, t-shirts, trophies and medals.

How do I compete?

The Great Lakes Bowl is limited to 16 teams. Team entry in the event is approved on a first-come, first-served basis. Teams must submit all required forms to be approved for entry into the event.



Kevin Keeler
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2015 Schools

  • Berkley High School, Berkley, MI
  • Clarkston High School, Clarkston, MI
  • Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Dexter High School, Dexter, MI – 2015 Great Lakes Bowl winner, 2nd place at National Competition
  • Greenhills School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Huron High School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Lake Orion High School, Lake Orion, MI
  • Linworth Alternative High School, Worthington, OH
  • Okemos High School, Okemos, MI
  • Roseville High School, Roseville, MI
  • St. Catherine of Siena Academy, Wixom, MI
  • Standish-Sterling Central High School, Standish, MI
  • Troy High School, Troy, MI

2015 Hosts, Sponsors and Supporters

Great Lakes Bowl Hosts

  • Michigan Sea Grant College Program (University of Michigan and Michigan State University)
  • University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE)
  • Cooperative Institute for Limnology & Ecosystems Research (CILER)
  • NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)

Great Lakes Bowl Sponsors

  • Michigan Sea Grant
  • UM – SNRE
  • USGS, Great Lakes Science Center
  • Great Lakes Fishery Commission
  • Michigan Tech Research Institute
  • Barry Bagels
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Chipotle

National Hosts/Coordinators

  • Consortium for Ocean Leadership
  • National Marine Educators Association (NMEA)

National Sponsors

  • National Oceanographic Partnership Program
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • NASA
  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Oceanographer of the Navy
  • U.S. Dept. of Interior
  • U.S. Dept. of the Navy (Science and Technology)
  • National Sea Grant College Program

For more information about the nation-wide event, see the National Ocean Science Bowl.