NOSB 2003 Competition Results
High School, "Team Tempest"
High School, "Team Avalanche"
High School, "Team Mad Mad Mad Mollusks"
Research Project and Oral Presentation
First Place overall: Juneau-Douglas "Tempest"
First Place, paper: Juneau-Douglas "Tempest" for Juneau International
Airport: Safety Concerns and Estuarine Habitat Values
First Place, oral: Chugiak "Mad Mad Mad Mollusks"
First Place: Kodiak High School, "Perspicacious Pinnipeds"
Mayor of Seward Perpetual Trophy
the team with the most points scored in a single round—
Most Inspirational Team Member
High School—Kyle Mortenson
2003 NOSB Ocean Connection
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 2003 research project, the students evaluated the critical habitat of an Alaskan wildlife species under pressure. 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.
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