2010 Orca Bowl

University of Washington Hosts NOSB Finals Competition

Thanks to all for a successful Orca Bowl held on March 1, 2014 at University of Washington!

Next: the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) 2014 is in Seattle May 1-4!

Congratulations to this year’s winning team at Orca Bowl, Ocean College Research Academy (ORCA) Team A from Everett, WA. ORCA and 21 other winning teams from around the country will compete for the national title here in Seattle. There are two days of activities planned for the high school students along with two days of competition leading to the national title: http://nosb.org/competitions-2/finals-competition/2014-nosb-finals/

Orca Bowl Overview

Each year, students from across the state of Washington come together for a day of friendly competition and exciting enrichment experiences at Orca Bowl, the regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl®.

Orca Bowl challenges and recognizes high-school students’ knowledge of the world’s oceans. The competition lasts a full day, with teams competing in a round-robin tournament followed by a double elimination for the top teams. Students tackle questions in all areas of marine studies, including ocean-related physics, chemistry, geology, biology, social sciences and technology. Questions are presented in multiple-choice, short-answer and team-challenge formats that require strong problem-solving skills and close cooperation. For more information, see general topics of study.

All Orca Bowl teams receive prizes for participation. Top awards include UW Oceanography scholarships and shipboard science experiences. The event also provides opportunities for students to meet university and ocean community scientists, faculty, staff and student volunteers. The 2014 winning team will be eligible to participate in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals held in Seattle in May.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl® is a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Approximately 2,000 students from more than 400 high schools participate in 25 regional competitions. Through this educational forum, NOSB® encourages and supports the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, technicians, environmental advocates and informed citizens.

For information on how to register your team next year, please visit information for prospective teams. If you are a new coach and would like to learn more about the competition, please email orcabowl@uw.edu to receive instructions on how to participate.

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How to Get Involved

Form a New Team

Orca Bowl teams must consist of five high-school students (four competitors and one alternate) and an adult coach. To determine eligibility, visit the NOSB eligibility rules and resources page. Pre-register your team now.

Become a Volunteer or a Sponsor

Volunteer for
Orca Bowl!

Orca Bowl officials and judges are faculty, researchers, graduate students and staff from the University of Washington and colleague institutions and agencies. More than 80 volunteers and dozens of sponsors help to make this event the success it is each year. Join us and inspire the next generation of ocean scientists.

NOSB offers several other options for students to get involved in ocean science. Check out the following opportunities for students:

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