NOSB 2001 Competition Results
High School,"Team Tsunami"
High School, "Team Aurora"
High School Team
paper: Dimond "Aurora" for The
Elizabeth Larman: $1,000 from Alaska Sea Grant College Program
Skyview (Soldotna) ($100 scholarship each)
Mayor Bob Satin's Perpetual Trophy
Juneau "Tsunami" with 154 points in Round Six
Best of Show: Melissa Bixby, Skyview High School, Soldotna
Art teacher Sandra Lewis was awarded a digital camera for her classroom from the Alaska Sea Grant College Program
* Artists also on a NOSB academic team.
How the NOSB Competition Works
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl consists of a round-robin/double-elimination format for teams of high school students. Teams consist of four students plus one alternate and a coach. The format involves a timed competition (defined as the use of "lock-out"-type buzzer systems and clocks) between two teams, using multiple-choice or short-answer questions within the broad category of the oceans. Questions are drawn from the scientific and technical disciplines used in studying the oceans (physics, chemistry, geology, atmospheric science, biology, etc.) as well as from topics on the contributions of the oceans to national and international economics, history and culture.
Each match consists of a series of these multiple-choice toss-up questions. A team that correctly responds to a toss-up question is given a bonus multiple-choice or short-answer question. The match consists of two 8-minute halves with a 2-minute break. Each match has a maximum of 25 toss-up questions and an equal number of bonus questions.
In Alaska, coordinators have added a second component to the ocean sciences bowl: an ocean science research project, which counts for 50 percent of the total score. Students must develop a research document on a specific ocean-related question or problem. For the NOSB 2001 research project, the students developed a long-term environmental protection plan for a local aquatic and/or marine ecosystem. Each team is required to write an in-depth research paper, and the students must also give an oral presentation on their project. The written and oral presentations each count for half of the 50 percent total.
Although it does not count toward winning points, the Alaska regional competition includes a juried art show in which students are invited to submit artwork in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and mixed media. Artwork must be original and must have an ocean theme.