Santa Monica High School's regional Ocean Sciences Bowl team, from left to right: Derek Wen; Addie Lloyd; Nanki Chugh; Ryu Akiba; Josh Sheng; and Coach Ingo. 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 24 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. It was the 19th 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 19 to 22 in Boulder, CO.
Arcadia High School of Arcadia, California, came in second place. University High School came in third, while West Covina 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.