Orca Bowl: Washington State Ocean Sciences Bowl

Start Date/Time: Saturday, February 06, 2010, 1:00 AM
Location: University of Washington Seattle Campus

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. Students tackle questions in all areas of marine studies, including ocean-related physics, chemistry, geology, biology, social sciences and technology. Students face rapid-fire multiple choice, short-answer and team-challenge questions that require strong problem-solving skills and close cooperation.

All teams receive prizes for participation, with top awards that include scholarships and shipboard science experiences. The event also provides an opportunity for students to meet university and ocean community scientists, faculty and student volunteers. The winning team from Orca Bowl will travel, all expenses paid, to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals, to be held in St. Petersburg, Florida, on April 23-25, 2010.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) 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.