NOSB 2004 Competition Results
Overall Standings (research project plus knowledge quiz)
High School, Team Midas
Second Place Overall
Memorial School, Selawik,
Third Place Overall
High School, Team J'MARS
Project (paper and oral presentation)
First Place: Juneau-Douglas High School, Team Midas
Mayor of Seward Perpetual Trophy
Juneau-Douglas High School Team Midas with 85 points
Team Apex Predators (seeUonline/Valley Pathways)
Most Valuable Players
Coasters (Tununak): Miriam Ohman
Paul T. Albert Memorial School, Tununak
NOSB Technology Award
Kate Alexander, Cordova High School
2004 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 or short-answer 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 a 6-minute buzzer half, two timed critical-thinking written questions, a 2-minute break, and another 6-minute buzzer half. Each match has a maximum of 13 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 2004 research project, the students determined the most important contaminant problem facing their coastal community (or a coastal community that the team chose) and the marine or lacustrine ecosystem supporting that community. 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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