Each winter, Old Dominion University’s Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (OEAS) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William & Mary co-host a high school academic competition focused on the ocean sciences. Up to sixteen teams from across the state participate - see the link in the FAST Facts column on the right.
Our Virginia regional competition is one of 25 contests conducted around the nation each year as part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®), a program coordinated by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, DC. NOSB seeks to generate student interest and excitement about science and the oceans, and give young people a chance to examine marine science as a field of study and possible career path. Learn more about NOSB at their website, www.nosb.org/. The winner of the Blue Crab Bowl faces other top regional teams in April at the national competition.
Inspiring young marine scientists is rewarding, but it does take some work! About 70 volunteers are needed to run the event. ODU contributes 4 teams of officials, as does VIMS, and we need additional scientists to grade the Team Challenge Questions, and other volunteers to help with event operations. For a position that suits you, review the job Officials' Job Descriptions (tab on this page). More detailed descriptions of responsibilities are in the Blue Crab Bowl Library.
See students and volunteer officials in action in the Blue Crab Bowl video.
Volunteer Training is Key to a Successful Competition
The volunteer’s competition overview introduces many aspects of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl and Blue Crab Bowl (BCB). Since BCB is a serious academic competition, volunteers want and need to be confident and competent as officials, judges and staffers. The best way to be ready is to practice with the rules and the competition set up.
Orientations and training/practice sessions are scheduled at both ODU and VIMS. It’s actually a lot of fun. You get you know your colleagues, show off your expertise and test your reflexes. Plus, we provide refreshments, too!
Volunteer recruitment for Blue Crab Bowl 2018 begins in the Fall! For more information, contact the Coordinators.
Victoria Hill, ODU, 757-683-4911 or VHill@odu.edu
Carol Hopper Brill, VIMS, 804-684-7735 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The thumbnail sketches below introduce the different Blue Crab Bowl volunteer jobs and may help you choose a role that is right for you. Key jobs link to longer BCB versions of NOSB® descriptions of the officials’ duties.
The most recent NOSB Rules are posted in the FAST Facts column on the right and all other handouts were valid in 2017. Any further updates will be posted as necessary.
Competition Officials Thumbnails
BLUE CRAB BOWL 2018
ODU's Higher Education Center
Virginia Beach, VA
Feb 2-3, 2018
National Ocean Sciences Bowl Finals Competition in Boulder, CO
Apr 19-22, 2018