Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl

Join us in Seward!

February 9–11, 2018 marks the 21st National Ocean Science Bowl regional competition in Alaska—the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl, held each year in Seward, AK. Alaska high school students present research papers and compete in an exciting buzzer-style quiz bowl. The winning team will travel to Nationals to compete against other regional teams from across the United States.

We're no longer accepting applications for the 2018 event, but please check back for details on the 2019 event.

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About the Event

This competition recognizes and rewards excellence among students interested in ocean studies. It also aims to encourage high school students, their teachers and parents to increase their knowledge of the oceans and to broaden awareness of the critical value of ocean research.

A unique aspect of the Alaska regional NOSB is the research component of the competition, in which student teams prepare, submit and present a research paper.

Entry deadline: November 15. To encourage maximum representation across the state, only one team per school is accepted, on a first-come, first-served basis, until October 1. If space is available after October 1, additional teams from schools already accepted can sign up.

Contact Sydney Bolin, Tsunami Bowl Regional Coordinator, (907) 224-6304, to learn more.

How it works

In the quiz, teams compete against each other and the clock, trying to be the fastest to answer the toss-up questions. Team challenge questions—complex questions requiring critical analysis and written answers—test students’ critical thinking skills.

For the research project, students must prepare and present a paper on an ocean-related issue. Each component is judged by a panel of scientists. The project (like success in ocean sciences) requires an interdisciplinary team effort, the ability to assimilate and prioritize large quantities of often-conflicting results, and the ability to persuasively communicate the results and benefits of the research.

How to prepare

Visit the National Ocean Sciences Bowl website, where you'll find study resources, sample questions, and other information.

The resource guide is used to direct interested students and their teachers to key information and materials on ocean research and related topics. The actual questions for the regional and final competitions are drawn—at least in part—from this resource material.

Sponsors and hosts

The NOSB is sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. The Alaska regional competition is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, with additional support from Alaska Sea Grant and various marine-related government agencies, private businesses, and individuals.

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