SHORE BOWL 2022 will be VIRTUAL and held on February 12th and 13th

Given the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided that the competition will be held fully online using Google Meet.

Because of the virtual nature, it has been determined by the National Ocean Science Bowl office that the best way to ensure fair play is that we do not have direct head-to-head matches. This means that each team will be competing alone in a call with just the officials and the coach. The competition will have 2hr time blocks where between 7 and 9 competition calls will run concurrently.

Registration for Shore Bowl 2022 is OPEN!!Click Here to Register

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. Prizes are awarded to the top teams at both the regional and national levels.

The NOSB theme for 2021 is not yet announced. Study resources for the theme will available at the NOSB web site.

For more information about the NOSB program, watch the video below or visit the NOSB website.


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):


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.