Virginia's regional competition
of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) showcases some of the Commonweath's most talented science students as they display their mastery of oceanic knowledge. In
February or March of each year, up to 16 teams from Virginia high schools compete in a contest co-hosted by the Old Dominion University and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. The winning team goes on to
represent Virginia at the National finals where they face teams from other regions.
Download a profile that summarizes the Blue Crab Bowl's history, structure and statistics.
Invitation to Teams
The 20th Annual Blue Crab Bowl was held February 17-18, 2017, at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, Virginia. The Regional Coordinators are pleased to announce a successful competition involving 15 teams.
After a challenging day of round robin and elimination matches – 46 matches in all -- four teams emerged to face one another in the Trophy Rounds. The final four matches determined the 4th through 1st place winners.
4th Place: Seton School – Team B, Manassas 3rd Place: Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School – Team B, Virginia Beach 2nd Place: Seton School – Team A, Manassas 1st Place: Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School – Team A, Virginia Beach
The invitation for Blue Crab Bowl 2018 opens September 2017. The 2018 competition will take at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Visit again in late August for more information on 2018 dates and deadlines.
Sixteen teams are selected by lottery from all teams who submit a Pre-Registration (Statement of Intent) form by the deadline. Teams must be registered by their Coach of Record.
Teams Go Head-to-Head
In this academic competition, students answer multiple-choice, short-answer, and long-answer analytical questions drawn from scientific and technical ocean science disciplines. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, physics, geology, as well as maritime history, marine policy and current events. Bowl officials and judges manage the matches and rule on answer acceptability.
Students and coaches are awarded exciting prizes at both the
regionaland the national bowls.
Volunteer recruitment for Blue Crab Bowl 2018 will begin in fall 2017. Volunteers make the Blue Crab Bowl possible. Officials and judges are faculty, researchers, graduate students and staff from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Old Dominion University, as well as their colleague institutions and agencies. It takes more than 70 volunteers to make this event the success it is each year. Join us and inspire the next generation of marine scientists!
How does a competition match work? How do students prepare and what do they like about the Blue Crab Bowl competition? This video offers a glimpse into the Bowl at both regional and national levels. See both students and officials in action and hear interviews from past participants.
BLUE CRAB BOWL 2017
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Gloucester Point, VA Feb 17-18
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The National Ocean Sciences Bowl was launched in 1998 — the International Year of the Ocean — by the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education. Managed by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership since 2007, NOSB continues its important objectives in creating an ocean-literate society. Nation-wide, there are now 25 competition regions.