Orca Bowl Competition

Orca Bowl is on February 23, 2019

Interested in registering a team? Learn How to Register for the Competition on the Prospective Orca Bowl Coaches and Teams page.

2018 Orca Bowl Team Wins 5th in NOSB National Competition

Newport High School finished their weekend of competition at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals in Boulder, Colorado with many accolades. The team placed 5th overall in the national competition (the highest any Orca Bowl team has placed at finals in over a decade) and received the prestigious “Sportsmanship Award.”  Peyton Lee, the team’s captain, also received best in competition for his oral testimony in the team Science Expert Briefings.

Go team, we couldn’t be more proud! Learn more at NOSB.org.


Winners at Orca Bowl 2018 this year included:

Newport High School – first place winners

Tacoma Science and Math Institute Team A  (SAMI A) won second.

Ocean Research College Academy Team B won third.

Ellensburg High Marine Biology Club won the 2018 the Megan Vogel Sportsmanship Award!

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Washington State’s Ocean
Knowledge Competition

About Orca Bowl

Each year, high school students from across Washington come together for a day of friendly competition and exciting enrichment experiences at Orca Bowl, the state’s regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl® (NOSB) event. Washington Sea Grant partners with UW’s College of the Environment to offer the program.

Orca Bowl challenges and recognizes Washington state’s high school students’ knowledge of the world’s oceans. During the daylong competition, hosted at the University of Washington Seattle campus, teams compete in a round-robin tournament followed by a double elimination round. 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 cooperation. The event also provides opportunities for students to meet university and ocean community scientists, faculty, staff, and student volunteers.

The winning team becomes eligible to participate in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals held in April, and competes against winning teams from 25 regions around the country.

How to Get Involved

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

Prospective sponsors and volunteers can find more on our sponsors and volunteer pages.

Spectators are welcome to attend and observe the event. Please note that there are strict rules for viewing the competition in action. Spectator information will be updated closer to the event.