National Ocean Sciences Bowl Winning Team
A team from Santa Monica High School took third place in the19th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition. 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 hosted the 19th annual Los Angeles Regional Competition called "Surf Bowl". The 2016 Surf Bowl was held on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Twelve teams of students and coaches from local high schools participated in this event. Santa Monica High School performed swimmingly and travelled to Morehead City, North Carolina, to compete against dozens of other regional winners at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl on April 25, 2016. They ended up in 3rd place overall.

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