Students and teachers from both Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas high schools are gearing up to participate in this year’s Tsunami Bowl on March 2-4 in Seward.
The competition is made up of 20 high school teams, each consisting of four or five students. They will be tested through quick-answer, buzzer and thought-provoking team challenge questions.
The 2012 Tsunami Bowl teams also completed a research project where their task was to develop a plan for implementing an ecosystem-based approach to management of a local marine resource in response to changes brought about by pollution, habitat loss, overfishing and other parameters, such as climate change. Teams submitted a 20-page written report for judging in December and will present a 20 minute talk on the subject to their fellow competitors and judges at the Tsunami Bowl. Other activities planned for the weekend include a tour of AVTEC’s Alaska Maritime Training Center, and the opportunity to build and operate an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) courtesy of the Prince William Sound Science Center.
The winning team of this bowl will compete against 24 other regional champions in the 15th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel on April 19-22 in Baltimore, Md. For more information, visit www.nosb.org.
The Tsunami Bowl is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, which is a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership 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. Many past NOSB participants have moved on to pursue college degrees and careers in ocean science. In 2012, approximately 2,000 students from over 300 high schools will participate.