UMaine to host regional high school marine science competition

Maine and New Hampshire high school students will put their marine science knowledge to the test by competing in the Nor’easter Bowl at the University of Maine on Feb. 3.

Teams from 17 schools will face off from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Donald P. Corbett Business Building for the regional round of the 21st annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Students will vie for 15 $1,000 scholarships offered by the event’s sponsor, UMaine’s College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl, an interdisciplinary ocean science education program of the nonprofit Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C., is a quiz bowl-style academic competition that tests students’ knowledge of ocean-related topics, which include cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, policy, physics and geology.

In addition to the Nor’easter Bowl, scholars will be competing in 22 other contests throughout the nation. The winner of each regional bowl will compete in the national competition April 19–22 at the University of Colorado Boulder, where it will be co-hosted by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.

Supporters can follow the competition on Twitter with the hashtags #NOSBRocks and #NOSB18.