WHAT IS THE SHORE BOWL?

The Shore Bowl is an exciting quiz-style competition for high school students (Grades 9-12) in NJ and Eastern PA that focuses on the ocean sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics and geology.  We’re one of 25 regional competitions of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) hosted around the country each year.  The winning team will represent our region at the NOSB finals, which will next take place in Boulder, Colorado in April 2018.  Prizes are awarded to the top teams at both the regional and national levels.

The NOSB theme for 2018 is ‘Our Ocean Shaping Weather.’  For more information about the NOSB program, watch the video below or visit the NOSB website.

WHY PARTICIPATE?

In addition to be being great fun, the competition aims to encourage the next generation of ocean scientists, policy-makers, educators and stewards.  Participation in the Shore Bowl will:

Broaden the understanding of students, teachers, and the wider community on the latest ocean science.

Create an opportunity for teachers to use the oceans as a tool for both disciplinary and cross-disciplinary science education.

Allow students to interact with volunteers who work in a variety of ocean science settings, highlighting future career possibilities.

Below is a short video about the experience of past participants  (courtesy of NOSB):

COMPETITION STRUCTURE

Teams consist of a coach and at least four students (a fifth may act as an alternate). Teams compete head-to-head in timed, quiz-show styled matches that include multiple choice and short answer buzzer questions, as well as more detailed, written ‘team challenge’ questions. There will be a preliminary series of round-robin matches, following which the top-ranked teams will face off in an elimination round.

The NOSB website provides a more comprehensive description of competition rules, as well as sample competition questions, and study resources.