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Continuing of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Competitions

Funding: 
$6,670,500
Year: 
2007

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a nationally recognized high school academic competition that provides a forum for talented students to excel in science, mathematics and technology and introduces team members, their teacher/coaches, schools and communities to ocean sciences as an interdisciplinary field of study and a possible future career path.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a nationally recognized high school academic competition that provides a forum for talented students to excel in science, mathematics and technology and introduces team members, their teacher/coaches, schools and communities to ocean sciences as an interdisciplinary field of study and a possible future career path. Established by the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education in 1998 (the Year of the Ocean), the program operates within a supportive learning community framework that involves the ocean research community in pre-college education and stimulates broad interest in and excitement about science and the oceans. The basic model for NOSB is that of a two-tiered timed competition in which pairs of four-student teams answer multiple-choice, short-answer and critical thinking questions within multiple categories related to the oceans. Each fall, over 400 participating high schools prepare their teams for 25 regional ocean sciences bowl competitions held across the United States in February and early March. Winners of these Regional Bowls advance to the national finals in late April. The current structure layers a rich array of year-round academic elements onto the basic competition framework and offers a range of program enhancements including summer internships and scholarships for NOSB alumni and opportunities for teacher professional development. Four regional bowls currently receive additional funding to expand recruitment efforts and provide mentoring and field trip experiences for students from racial, ethnic and economic groups underrepresented in the ocean sciences. CORE proposes to continue to administer and manage the National Ocean Sciences Bowl for the next five years (April 2007-March 2012). Funds are requested to add two new sites and expand the diversity initiative. To improve the credentials of the nation's teachers and informal educators, the proposal seeks funding for coach and regional coordinator professional development including a focus on the fundamental principles and concepts of ocean literacy recently developed by the ocean education community. An additional new element is a longitudinal study of educational and career paths that will assess the role that the program plays in encouraging talented students to enter the pipeline into ocean science careers and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professions. By supporting and promoting the program's unique educational and experiential opportunities, all NOSB partners and sponsors contribute to helping our nation better prepare K-12 students in science and technology and identify and cultivate future scientists and technical experts.

Competition: 2007: National Ocean Sciences Competition for High School Students
Award Number: 
NA07SEC4690001
Grant Dates: 
08/01/2007 to 12/31/2012
PI: 
Ms. Kristen Yarincik
State: District of Columbia   County: District of Columbia   District: DC00 
Partners:   Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Florida Atlantic University / Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, George Mason University / Center for Climate Change Communication (4C), Old Dominion University (ODU), Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, San Francisco State University (SFSU) / Center for Science and Mathematics Education, University of South Florida / College of Marine Science (CMS), East Carolina University (ECU), NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Oregon State University (OSU) / College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alaska (UA-Fairbanks) / College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder / Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Miami / Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), University of New England (UNE) / Center for Excellence in the Marine Sciences (CEMS), University of New Hampshire (UNH), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) / Institute of Marine Science, University of South Carolina (USC) / Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences, University of Southern California (USC) / Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Southern Mississippi (USM) / Marine Education Center (MEC), University of Washington (UW) / School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS), Virginia Institute of Marine Science / Marine Advisory Services, Youngstown State University, National Sea Grant College Program / New York Sea Grant College Program, University of Michigan / Michigan Sea Grant, Rutgers University / Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, University of Wisconsin (UW–Milwaukee) / School of Freshwater Sciences University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) / MarineQuest

Continuing of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Competitions

Funding: 
$834,990
Year: 
2012

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a nationally recognized high school academic competition. NOSB provides a forum for talented students to excel in science and math and introduces team members, their teachers, schools and communities to ocean sciences as an interdisciplinary field of study and a possible future career path. The program operates within a supportive ocean science learning community that involves the research community in pre-college education.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a nationally recognized high school academic competition. NOSB provides a forum for talented students to excel in science and math and introduces team members, their teachers, schools and communities to ocean sciences as an interdisciplinary field of study and a possible future career path. The program operates within a supportive ocean science learning community that involves the research community in pre-college education. Its focal point is a national competition that expands high school students' knowledge of the ocean and career pathways in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program's goals are to: (1) cultivate environments which develop knowledgeable ocean stewards; (2) foster the use of the ocean as an interdisciplinary vehicle to teach science and mathematics; (3) reach out to and support the involvement of under-represented and geographically diverse communities in the ocean sciences; and (4) provide students with interactive education and career opportunities that develop critical thinking and workforce development skills.

Competition: 2012: National Ocean Sciences Competition for High School Students
Award Number: 
NA12SEC0080019
Grant Dates: 
08/01/2012 to 04/30/2014
PI: 
Ms. Kristen Yarincik
State: District of Columbia   County: District of Columbia   District: DC00 
Partners:   Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine Science / Alaska SeaLife Center, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Florida Atlantic University / Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, George Mason University / Center for Climate Change Communication (4C), Old Dominion University (ODU), Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, San Francisco State University (SFSU) / Center for Science and Mathematics Education, University of South Florida / College of Marine Science (CMS), East Carolina University (ECU), NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Oregon State University (OSU) / College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alaska (UA-Fairbanks) / College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder / Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Miami / Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), University of New England (UNE) / Center for Excellence in the Marine Sciences (CEMS), University of New Hampshire (UNH), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) / Institute of Marine Science, University of South Carolina (USC) / Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences, University of Southern California (USC) / Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Southern Mississippi (USM) / Marine Education Center (MEC), University of Washington (UW) / School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS), Virginia Institute of Marine Science / Marine Advisory Services, Youngstown State University, National Sea Grant College Program / New York Sea Grant College Program, University of Michigan / Michigan Sea Grant, Rutgers University / Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, University of Wisconsin (UW–Milwaukee) / School of Freshwater Sciences University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) / MarineQuest

Continuing of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Competitions

Funding: 
$154,934
Year: 
2014

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), initiated in 1998, is a nationally recognized high school academic competition through which talented students excel in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and are introduced to ocean science as an interdisciplinary field of study and a possible career path.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), initiated in 1998, is a nationally recognized high school academic competition through which talented students excel in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and are introduced to ocean science as an interdisciplinary field of study and a possible career path. As the NOSB also engages high school teachers, schools, and local communities in the competition and other program elements, it results in broader awareness of the ocean sciences and environmental issues and increased attitudes toward stewardship of ocean resources within these audiences. The program operates with the involvement of the ocean science research and professional community. Support from NOAA is requested to support about 20% of NOSB national office staff time needed for total program implementation, subawards to the regional competitions, and site visits for planning the 2015 national finals.

Competition: 2014: National Ocean Sciences Competition for High School Students
Award Number: 
NA14SEC0080006
Grant Dates: 
09/01/2014 to 08/31/2015
PI: 
Ms. Kristen Yarincik
State: District of Columbia   County: District of Columbia   District: DC00 

Continuing of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Competitions

Funding: 
$1,500,000
Year: 
2015

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), managed by The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, provides enriched science education and learning through a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed academic competition that increases high school students’ knowledge of the marine sciences, including the science disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, and geology.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), managed by The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, provides enriched science education and learning through a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed academic competition that increases high school students’ knowledge of the marine sciences, including the science disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, and geology. The NOSB addresses a national gap in environmental and Earth sciences in K-12 education by introducing high school students to and engaging them in ocean sciences, preparing them for careers in ocean science and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Currently, there are 25 regions in the U.S. that compete in the NOSB, each with their own regional competitions. The regional competitions are coordinated by the Regional Coordinators, who are typically affiliated with a university in their region. Each year approximately 2,000 students from 300 schools across the nation compete for prizes and a trip to the national competition. The goal of this organization is to increase knowledge of the ocean among high school students and, ultimately, magnify the public understanding of ocean research. Students who participate are eligible to apply for the National Ocean Scholar Program.

Competition: 2015: National Ocean Sciences Competition for High School Students
Award Number: 
NA15SEC0080002
Grant Dates: 
09/01/2015 to 08/31/2021
PI: 
Ms. Kristen Yarincik
State: District of Columbia   County: District of Columbia   District: DC00 
Partners:   Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine Science / Alaska SeaLife Center, Florida Atlantic University / Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, George Mason University / Center for Climate Change Communication (4C), Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, San Francisco State University (SFSU) / Center for Science and Mathematics Education, University of South Florida / College of Marine Science (CMS), NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Oregon State University (OSU) / College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alaska (UA-Fairbanks) / College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder / Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Miami / Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), University of New England (UNE) / Center for Excellence in the Marine Sciences (CEMS), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) / Institute of Marine Science, University of Southern Mississippi (USM) / Marine Education Center (MEC), University of Washington (UW) / School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS), Virginia Institute of Marine Science / Marine Advisory Services, Youngstown State University, National Sea Grant College Program / New York Sea Grant College Program, National Sea Grant College Program / Virginia Institute of Marine Science, National Sea Grant College Program / University of Connecticut, 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 Washington (UW), Stanford University / School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Eastman Chemical Company, Savannah State University / Department of Marine & Environmental Sciences, Texas A&M University at Galveston, University of Michigan / School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) / CILER, The University of Texas at Austin / Marine Science Institute, 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 Hawaii System / Hawaii Sea Grant, National Sea Grant College Program / University of Maine / Maine Sea Grant, National Sea Grant College Program / University of New Hampshire (UNH) / New Hampshire 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 North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) / MarineQuest, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), American Honda Foundation, University of Miami / Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science East Carolina University (ECU) / Coastal Studies Institute

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

From Mt. Rainier to the Pacific Coast: Fostering Resilient Climate Leaders, Communities and Coastal Ecosystems

Funding: 
$298,713
Year: 
2015

Nisqually River Foundation with partners (South Sound GREEN, Chehalis Basin Education Consortium, and Mount Rainier Institute) with support from NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region implemented their project, “From Mt. Rainier to the Pacific Coast: Fostering Resilient Climate Leaders, Communities and Coastal Ecosystems,” over 3 years, from 2016-2018. Our region faces the climate change threats of sea level rise, receding glaciers, extreme weather/flooding, ocean acidification and impacts on humans and important local resources, such as surface and groundwater, salmon, forests, and shellfish.

Nisqually River Foundation with partners (South Sound GREEN, Chehalis Basin Education Consortium, and Mount Rainier Institute) with support from NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region implemented their project, “From Mt. Rainier to the Pacific Coast: Fostering Resilient Climate Leaders, Communities and Coastal Ecosystems,” over 3 years, from 2016-2018. Our region faces the climate change threats of sea level rise, receding glaciers, extreme weather/flooding, ocean acidification and impacts on humans and important local resources, such as surface and groundwater, salmon, forests, and shellfish. Together we engaged more than 120 teachers and their 3,000+ students from the Nisqually, South Puget Sound and Chehalis watersheds to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts. We held three Summer Teachers Institutes to bring teachers connect teachers with local science experts in climate change impacts in the Pacific Northwest. Our 2017 Institute was held in partnership with Mount Rainier Institute, who also hosted Climate Resilient Youth Leadership Programs for 350 12-18-year olds. Participants generated and participated in Community Resilience Action Projects to conserve local ecosystems and increase resiliency in their communities to extreme weather events and changing climate. These projects included: riparian habitat restoration in the Nisqually, Chehalis, and Deschutes basins; creating recycling and composting programs on school campuses; eliminating Styrofoam from school cafeterias; creating a Migration Parade event to explore climate impacts on migratory species; the “Pick a DOT- Do One Thing - What’s your thing?” on-line videos; and the creation of high-impact environmental education art installations, to name a handful. Students also monitored local stream flows, temperatures, and water quality, building on a previous Targeted Watershed Grant from the EPA and a data set that goes back to 1992. NOAA’s mission of Service was supported as teachers and students shared their knowledge in their classrooms, with school districts, at community meetings, and through social media. NOAA assets used included the NW Marine Fisheries staff, Data in the Classroom, CoCoRaHS, NOAA-NASA Cloud Watcher Chart, NOAA’s Climate Literacy Principles, Beat the Uncertainty game, Game of Floods, Thermal Expansion label, the Marine Mammals of the US West Coast, and more. Other local contributing partners include the Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Squaxin Tribe, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Nisqually Land Trust, Thurston Conservation District and Capital Region Educational Service District 113.

Competition: 2015: ELG for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Changes
Award Number: 
NA15SEC0080007
Grant Dates: 
04/01/2016 to 07/31/2019
PI: 
Mr. Justin Hall
State: Washington   County: Thurston   District: WA10 
Partners:   National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) / West Coast, Chehalis Basin Education Consortium, South Sound GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network), Mount Rainier Institute, U.S. National Park Service / Mount Rainier National Park, Nisqually Land Trust, Capitol Land Trust, Chehalis River Basin Land Trust, NOAA Office of Education, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service / Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Nisqually Tribe, Joint Base Lewis–McChord, Mason Conservation District, Squaxin Island Tribe Puget Sound Estuarium