National Ocean Sciences Bowl

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Great Lakes Bowl

Saturday, February 3, 2018

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 Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (formerly SNRE; on campus), in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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.

Registration

Registration deadline is December 9, 2017. Please send questions to Kevin Keeler at: kevinmke@umich.edu

How can I volunteer?

Volunteers help the event run smoothly and get to spend time with the next generation of scientists and engineers. No specialized freshwater or marine knowledge is required. Volunteers receive free breakfast, lunch, and event T-shirt.  

To learn more or sign up, contact Hannah Schaefer at: hschaef@umich.edu or nosb-great-lakes-bowl@umich.edu

Note: Because the event is held on campus and involves high school students, the university requires volunteers to pass a background check and complete a brief online training module.

What resources can MISG provide to teams?

Teams can practice with the official buzzer system and borrow reference materials.

Reference textbooks in the Michigan Sea Grant collection include:

  • Essentials of Oceanography 6th edition: Tom Garrison
  • Ocean Studies Introduction to Oceanography 2nd Edition: Joseph Moran
  • Introduction to Oceanography 9th edition: Harold Thurman and Elizabeth Burton
  • Life on an Ocean Planet: Bob Wohlers
  • Introduction to the World’s Oceans 10th edition: Keith Sverdrup and Virginia Armbrust
  • Invitation to Oceanography 3rd edition: Paul Pinet
  • Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science 6th edition: Tom Garrison

Materials can be picked up at Michigan Sea Grant (520 E. Liberty St., Suite 310, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. We ask that coaches be present to pick up the buzzer system and reference books. Reference textbook checkout is limited to two books per visit. Please contact Katrina at priceka@umich.edu to find out which resources are available.

Contact

nosb-great-lakes-bowl@umich.edu
(734) 763-1530

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