Program Update: National Ocean Sciences Bowl – April 2012
The 15th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) Final was held April 19-22, 2012 at the Sheraton City Center Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. Returning champions Marshfield High School from Marshfield, Wisconsin took home first place. Twenty-five high schools from around the United States competed in this year’s NOSB Finals Competition.
Along with the competition, the students participated in a day of interactive field trips around the city of Baltimore, an engaging speed-career search event and heard a creative and motivational presentation from Keynote Speaker Jim Toomey, author of the syndicated comic strip “Sherman’s Lagoon.” The students also participated in Aquabotz, where they were able to design, build and launch their own individual remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The theme for this year’s Finals Competition was “A Sea of Change: Development and Evolution.”
The top eight teams at the Finals Competition were:
1st Place – Marshfield High School – Marshfield, Wisconsin
2nd Place – Raleigh Charter High School – Raleigh, North Carolina
3rd Place – Eastside High School – Gainesville, Florida
4th Place – Lexington High School – Lexington, Massachusetts
5th Place – Santa Monica High School – Santa Monica, California
6th Place – Maui High School – Kahului, Hawaii
7th Place – Albany High School – Albany, California
8th Place – Loveland High School – Loveland, Colorado
Ledyard High School of Ledyard, Connecticut won the James D. Watkins Sportsmanship Award.
The top four teams had their choice of prizes, including HP Mini 210 series Netbooks and all-expense paid trips to Hawaii, Mississippi and North Carolina to conduct hands-on ocean science activities. Marshfield High School will be taking the Hawaii trip, Raleigh Charter High School will be taking the Mississippi trip, Eastside High School received the Netbooks and Lexington High School will be going on the North Carolina trip. The fifth through 12th place teams and the Sportsmanship winner received an array of prizes from marine science textbooks to gift certificates.