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Gulf of Mexico Foundation
National Ocean Sciences Bowl
Encouraging Students to Excel in Ocean Studies

Continuing its long history of support for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), a team competition which challenges high school students' knowledge of the ocean, the Gulf of Mexico Foundation furnished $2,500 for the 2011 Loggerhead Challenge, a regional NOSB competition that was held in Corpus Christi, Texas, on February 19, 2011.

Teams from several high schools from the southern half of Texas participated in the all-day regional competition held at Texas A&M; University-Corpus Christi and sponsored by Sea Grant Texas. The winning team will move on to the national competition held in April in Washington D.C., where they will face other regional winners from across the country.


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NOSB Background

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is a national competition sponsored by the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education based in Washington DC. The program seeks to interest students in the ocean sciences as a college major and potential career. NOSB strives to generate student interest in the ocean sciences, to improve awareness of the ocean, coast and Great Lakes, and to create an “ocean literate” society. Inaugurated in 1998, the NOSB provides an educational forum for students to excel in math and science and to receive national recognition for their diligence and talents.

The event is a tournament-style academic competition designed to challenge and recognize high school student knowledge of math and science in the context of the oceans. The round-robin, double-elimination competition consisted of toss-up and short-answer team challenge questions within the scientific and technical disciplines used to study the oceans.

Winning teams from each of the regional competitions held across the nation each year advance to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. All winning teams are offered transportation and room and board for the final competition.

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