Postponement of NOSB Competitions 2023: Due to the dissolution of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, the organization that housed National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), regional competitions, such as Orca Bowl, will not be taking place in 2023 as the organization transitions to a new home. We hope that NOSB will come back bigger, and even stronger in 2024. More info from NOSB is on their website.
Orca Bowl Competition
Washington State’s Ocean
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 several units within 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.
For more information
To register your team for future years, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive instructions on how to participate.
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.