National Ocean Sciences Bowl ®

National Ocean Sciences Bowl Winning Team Arcadia H.S took 1st place in the 2013 National Ocean Science Bowl Competition. Image credit: Photo by Will Ramos / Ocean Leadership

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. 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 University of Southern California will co-hosts the 15th annual Los Angeles regional competition called the "Surf Bowl". The 2014 JPL Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Twenty-four teams of students and coaches from local high schools will be able to participate in this event. The winner of the Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl "Surf Bowl" will have the opportunity to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals in Seattle, Washington.

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