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.
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.
Download and electronically fill out the PDF below. Please send the completed form by December 8, 2017, to Kevin Keeler at: email@example.com
- Team registration (PDF)
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.
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.
For more information about the nation-wide event, see the National Ocean Science Bowl.