National Ocean Sciences Bowl Winning Team
The 2019 Santa Monica High School Ocean Sciences Bowl team will go on to compete in the national competition. From left to right: Coach Ingo Gaida, Teddy Berger, Ryan Chien, Donny Sanders, Derek Wen and Ireland Neville. 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.

Santa Monica High School, based in Santa Monica, California, won this year’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl regional competition. The competition was held on Saturday, February 23 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. It was the 20th year that JPL has hosted the event.

The team members now have a chance to test their ocean science knowledge on a bigger stage: the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals take place April 11 - 14 in Washington, D.C.

Arcadia High School of Arcadia, California, came in second place. University High School came in third, while Mark Keppel High School received the Sportsmanship Award.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is designed to address a national gap in environmental and earth sciences in public education by introducing high school students to and engaging them in ocean science, preparing them for ocean science-related and other STEM careers, and helping them become knowledgeable citizens and environmental stewards.