On YouTube: Local High School Scholars to Compete in the Bay Scallop Bowl
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Regional Ocean Science Competition Part of the Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl®


Winners of 2014's Bay Scallop Bowl, held at Stony Brook University in March 2014, were from Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, NY. "This event gets New York high school students excited about the marine sciences," said William Wise, Associate Director of SBU's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and NYSG's Interim Director. "For some, it's just a competition; for others, however, it is an entré into a lifelong avocation and, for a few, it's a career move."

Stony Brook, NY, February 5, 2015

WHO: Students and teachers from these New York high schools with a strong interest in - and knowledge of - marine science will compete in the Bay Scallop Bowl

  • Bellport High School    
  • Churchville-Chili Senior High School
  • Deer Park High School    
  • Division Avenue High School
  • Farmingdale High School (A & B Teams)
  • Great Neck South High School
  • Half Hollow Hills HS East
  • Hunter College High School
  • Locust Valley High School
  • Longwood High School
  • Massapequa High School
  • Midwood High School (A & B Teams)
  • Mount Sinai High School
  • The Stony Brook School

WHAT: Sixteen high school teams consisting of four or five students compete in the Bay Scallop Bowl, an annual, regional ocean science competition.  The teams are tested through quick answer buzzer questions and thought-provoking team challenge questions.  The annual theme of the 2015 National Ocean Sciences Bowl and its local competitions is the science of oil in the ocean, a timely and relevant topic given that 2015 marks the five year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, there have been many advances in our understanding about both natural and introduced sources of oil and their impact on the marine and coastal environment.  This theme aims to impart that knowledge to students.  

The winning team of this bowl will compete against 22 other regional champions in the 18th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab on April 23-26, 2015 in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  

WHEN: Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 8am to 6pm

WHERE: Stony Brook University Student Activities Center, Stony Brook, NY

WHY: The Bay Scallop Bowl is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), which is a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. Through this educational forum, the NOSB strives to encourage and support the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates and informed citizens, to be stewards of the ocean.  Most high school students do not have the opportunity to study ocean science as part of their formal coursework, which makes the NOSB one of the only ways students gain exposure to this field.  Many past NOSB participants have moved on to pursue college degrees and careers in ocean science, helping to solve the growing environmental, economic and security issues facing our ocean and planet.  In 2015, approximately 2,000 students from over 300 high schools will participate.  

The 2015 national NOSB program is made possible through the following sponsors:

  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Wendy & Eric Schmidt
  • Deerbrook Charitable Trust
  • G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation
  • IEEE Ocean Engineering Society
  • Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation
  • Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans  Fdn
  • Wells Fargo
  • American Meteorological Society
  • Leave Only Bubbles
  • Russell B. Dobbyn & Puzzles USA
  • University of Chicago Press

Additional support for the 2015 Bay Scallop Bowl comes from:

  • The Alfred & Jane Ross Foundation
  • The School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences of Stony Brook University
  • New York Sea Grant
  • The Institute for Ocean Conservation Science
  • The Safina Center
  • Coastal Steward, Adopt-A-Beach Program

For more information on the NOSB, visit www.nosb.org.

On YouTube: National Ocean Science Bowl 2007 Finals (Held at Stony Brook University)

Winners of 2007's 10th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl, held at Stony Brook University in late April:

  • 1st Place: Contoocook Valley Regional High School (NH)
  • 2nd Place: Cranston HS West (RI)
  • 3rd Place: Lincoln-Sudbury (MA)
  • 4th Place: Santa Monica HS (CA)
  • 5th Place: Smoky Hill HS (CO)
  • 6th Place: Churchville-Chili HS (NY)
  • 7th Place: Dexter HS (MI)
  • 8th Place: Durant HS (FL)

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG also offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/coastlines for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published several times a year.

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