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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 invitation for Blue Crab Bowl 2016 is open now and will be open until November 2. The 2016 competition will take place at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Up to sixteen teams will be selected by lottery from all teams who submit a Statement of Intent by the 2016 deadline.  Teams must be registered by their Coach of Record

Competition teams consist of five high school students (four competitors and one alternate) and an adult coach.  Who is eligible to participate?  The Blue Crab Bowl coaching and student participation guidelines describe team composition and coach affiliation and behavorial expectations

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 acceptibility.


Competitors Win Prizes

Students and coaches are awarded exciting prizes at both the regional and the national bowls.

Want to know more? Check out the Teams page

Volunteer recruitment for Blue Crab Bowl 2016 has begun. 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.

FAST Facts

BLUE CRAB BOWL 2016
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA
Feb 5-6


Required preregistration
(statement of intent)

Opens Sept 1
Closes Nov 2


From these preregistrations sixteen teams will be selected by lottery. The list of selected teams wiill be posted Nov 5


Participating teams final registration materials due
Dec 18


National Ocean Sciences Bowl Competition in North Carolina
Apr 21-24


2016 Brochure

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