National Ocean Sciences Bowl ®

National Ocean Sciences Bowl Winning Team Arcadia H.S took 2nd place in the 2014 National Ocean Sciences Bowl Competition. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl, coordinated by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, is in many ways similar to the National Science Bowl but focuses specifically on ocean-related topics. The competition is comprised of three elements: a round robin competition, critical thinking based team challenge questions, and a double elimination competition. Student teams compete nationwide, answering questions about biology, chemistry, geology and physics of the oceans, as well as navigation, geography and related history and literature.

JPL, in association with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, co-hosted the 15th annual Los Angeles Regional Competition called "Surf Bowl". The 2014 Surf Bowl was held on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Twenty-four teams of students and coaches from local high schools participated in this event. Arcadia High School, winner of the Surf Bowl, had the opportunity to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals in Seattle, Washington, May 1 - May 4, 2014. Arcadia placed second overall, thereby winning a trip to spend an exciting week on the Chesapeake Bay.

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