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The National Ocean Sciences Bowl: Using An Academic Competition To Engage High School Students in Ocean Science Education and STEM Career Preparation

Funding: 
$300,000
Year: 
2020

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a program that uses a quiz bowl competition, along with supporting educational activities for students and teachers, to develop the next generation of ocean scientists, stewards, and leaders. The NOSB is managed by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a Washington, D.C. based non-profit and supported by 25 research institutions, federal laboratories, state Sea Grant programs, and aquaria across the United States.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a program that uses a quiz bowl competition, along with supporting educational activities for students and teachers, to develop the next generation of ocean scientists, stewards, and leaders. The NOSB is managed by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a Washington, D.C. based non-profit and supported by 25 research institutions, federal laboratories, state Sea Grant programs, and aquaria across the United States. The NOSB develops knowledgeable ocean stewards that understand the ocean’s impact on daily life and the importance of scientific research. The program fosters use of the ocean as an interdisciplinary vehicle to teach science and mathematics and encourages its inclusion in curricula. It encourages and support the involvement of under-represented and geographically diverse communities in ocean science. Lastly, it provides students interactive education that develops critical thinking and skills for the workforce and exposes them to ocean science professionals and career opportunities. These objectives are achieved through a fast-paced and engaging quiz bowl competition that is supplemented by career mentoring events, yearly competition themes, and experiential field trips to help students gain a broader and deeper understanding of ocean science content than they would in a traditional classroom setting. The primary audience of the NOSB is high school students and teachers (formal educators serving as coaches). Secondary audiences include the academic and professional ocean science community, many of whom serve as mentors or volunteers, and students who benefit from the participation of their teachers and schools even though they have not participated in a competition. Each year, the NOSB directly engages approximately 2,000 students from 325 schools in 34 states plus the District of Columbia through 25 regional competitions. The top team from each region then competes in the national final competition, which changes location each year. The NOSB’s focus on ocean science is crucial as our nation’s need for an ocean-literate society is increasing given growing environmental challenges as well as opportunities in a sustainable ocean-based economy. Formal coursework in ocean and environmental sciences is not prevalent in most U.S. schools; thus, the NOSB fills a critical role in engaging high school students in ocean learning and expands their knowledge of the ocean’s role in issues affecting our nation’s citizens, such as a changing climate, extreme weather events, coastal resilience, food provision and security, and our economy. The NOSB supports NOAA’s Education Strategic Plan goals of a Science-Informed Society, Conservation and Stewardship, and Future Workforce. NOSB students are introduced to ocean-related STEM fields and career pathways. The NOSB also engages all participants in the competition and other program elements, resulting in ocean science and environmental awareness and increased interest in stewardship of ocean resources within these audiences. The program operates with the involvement of the ocean science research, education, and technology community, including NOAA laboratories and Sea Grant programs.

Competition: 2020: National Ocean Sciences Competition for High School Students
Award Number: 
NA20SEC0080019
Grant Dates: 
10/01/2020 to 09/30/2025
PI: 
Ms. Kristen Yarincik
State: District of Columbia   County: District of Columbia   District: DC00 
Partners:   Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, University of South Florida / College of Marine Science (CMS), Oregon State University (OSU) / College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alaska (UA-Fairbanks) / College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi (USM) / Marine Education Center (MEC), Virginia Institute of Marine Science / Marine Advisory Services, Youngstown State University, National Sea Grant College Program / Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Old Dominion University (ODU) / Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, National Sea Grant College Program / Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), National Sea Grant College Program / Texas A&M University, University of Michigan / Michigan Sea Grant, National Sea Grant College Program / University of Alaska (UA-Fairbanks) / Alaska Sea Grant, National Sea Grant College Program / University of Delaware / Delaware Sea Grant, National Sea Grant College Program / University of Florida / Florida Sea Grant, National Sea Grant College Program / University of Maine / Maine Sea Grant, National Sea Grant College Program / New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, National Sea Grant College Program / Oregon State University / Oregon Sea Grant, State University of New York at Stony Brook / School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), Rutgers University / Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, University of San Diego / Department of Environmental & Ocean Sciences, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) / School of Natural Sciences, University of Wisconsin (UW–Milwaukee) / School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder / CIRES / Education & Outreach, University of Maine / School of Marine Sciences, University of Miami / Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science East Carolina University (ECU) / Coastal Studies Institute

The Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) Phase II: Connecting Schools to Coastal Communities

Funding: 
$231,987
Year: 
2020

With a three-year $450,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and partners will implement Phase II of a climate and resilience education program, The Resilient Schools Consortium: Connecting Schools to Coastal Communities. Building on the previously funded Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) Program, (2016 - 2019), NWF will work with 200 students and 10 teachers from eight New York City Department of Education public schools.

With a three-year $450,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and partners will implement Phase II of a climate and resilience education program, The Resilient Schools Consortium: Connecting Schools to Coastal Communities. Building on the previously funded Resilient Schools Consortium (RiSC) Program, (2016 - 2019), NWF will work with 200 students and 10 teachers from eight New York City Department of Education public schools. The students will adopt-a-shoreline in Coney Island, Brooklyn - a frontline community battered by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and threatened by sea level rise, coastal erosion, and inequitable exposures to flooding. Through field trips to local beaches, community engagement events, dune plantings, and public art installations, this project will connect students – who live or attend school in Coney Island - to residents and community partners. Together, they will increase their awareness of future climate impacts and develop strategies for building climate resilience and equitable adaptation to sea level rise. The Phase 1 RiSC curriculum for grades 6-12, designed by NYC STEM teachers, will be streamlined into a one-year product focused on coastal hazards, natural and built solutions that increase ecological resilience, and civic participation. Adaptable by schools in other coastal communities, the curriculum will continue to offer a strong foundation in climate science. Complete with user-friendly slide decks, handouts, and direct links to NOAA resources and digital tools, it will guide teachers and students through project-based activities during the school year. Key program partners, New York Sea Grant, and American Littoral Society (ALS), and advisors from the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRIJB) will provide community science expertise and lead shoreline ecology field trips. An “Adopt-a-Shoreline Field Trip Guide” will help students monitor the shoreline. ALS will lead professional development workshops for teachers and dune-planting activities that will increase shoreline resilience. The Coney Island Beautification Project, a core community partner, will lead public engagement and outreach, and recruit residents with historical knowledge of local weather events for student interviews. Students will build sea level rise markers and install them in suitable public spaces. Culminating Open Houses will bring Coney Islanders together to view student work and provide a platform to discuss flood risks and solutions. Knology will evaluate the project’s impact.

Competition: 2020: ELG for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Hazards
Award Number: 
NA20SEC0080005
Grant Dates: 
10/01/2020 to 09/30/2023
PI: 
Ms. Emily Fano
State: New York   County: New York   District: NY10 
Partners:   National Sea Grant College Program / New York Sea Grant College Program, New York City Public Schools / John Dewey High School, New York City Public Schools / Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies, New York City Public Schools / IS 228 David A. Boody, Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRI@JB), New York City Public Schools / J.H.S. 088 Peter Rouget, New York City Public Schools / J.H.S. 223 The Montauk, New York City Public Schools / P.S. 288 the Shirley Tanyhill, New York City Public Schools / Abraham Lincoln High School, New York City Public Schools / I.S. 303 Herbert S. Eisenburg, Regional Plan Association, Coney Island Beatification Project, Inc. American Littoral Society