ARCADIA – Arcadia High School won the 16th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Final, held April 19-21 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Continuing Education, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Twenty-five high schools from around the United States competed in this year’s NOSB Finals Competition. The NOSB is an ocean science education program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C.
After competing in their respective regional competitions in February and March, these 25 high school teams traveled to Milwaukee for the opportunity to compete with their peers on their knowledge of the ocean during the 2013 NOSB Finals Competition. Approximately 2,000 students from over 300 high schools participated in NOSB in 2013.
At both the regional and national level, the competition consists of buzzer-style, multiple choice questions and longer, critical thinking-based team challenge questions on ocean-related topics. During the weekend’s Finals Competition, the students also participated in the Scientific Expert Briefing (SEB) component, where they recreated a congressional testimony. The SEB was added to the Competition in 2011 to provide students with a broader understanding of the interconnections between science, policy and the public. This year, the topic was invasive species.
During the Competition weekend, the students also participated in a number of hands-on, science-related activities, including a career mentoring event with leaders in the science field; a talk with Russell L. Cuhel, a senior scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; a dinner at Discovery World; and a day of interactive fieldtrips around Milwaukee, including exploring the Great Lakes aboard the Neeskay research vessel.
The theme for this year’s NOSB Finals, the first ever to be held in the Great Lakes region, was Great Lakes: A Window into Freshwater Science. This theme invokes the interconnectedness of freshwater and marine systems and includes, but is not limited to, our understanding of freshwater processes and the connection to the ocean, human impacts on freshwater ecosystems, and the effects of invasive species.
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